Sept. 3, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. -- The host UC Davis Aggies defeated the Washington State volleyball team 3-2 at the Howard Johnson Aggie Invitational Tournament Saturday night. Earlier in the day, WSU defeated the University of Toledo 3-0.
In the nightcap, UC Davis prevailed over the Cougars with game scores of 30-21, 27-30, 30-27, 30-32, 15-11. WSU moves to a 2-2 overall record while UC Davis is now 2-3 on the season.
WSU's Owens led the Cougs with 16 kills (.357), 26 digs, 12 blocks and three service aces. Kelly Rosin and Barcus combined for another 25 kills and 12 blocks. Gwen Davis had 49 assists and 15 digs while Jalen Pendon added 24 digs in the two and one-half hour match.
Aggies freshman Chantal Paschetta led all players with 31 kills (.205) and senior Nicole Read added 26 kills and 25 digs. UCD's Nichole Brown had a match-high 31 digs. Setter Katelyn Astruc had 68 assists and four service aces.
The Cougars out-blocked the Aggies 22 to 9; this was the second 20-plus team blocks match for WSU.
"I was very proud of the team for finding a way to hang in there and fight the whole night long and work our way back into the match," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "There are areas where we need to make adjustments. We are an inexperienced team in some regards and we need to do a better job of moving the ball around offensively and making defensive adjustments. We are consistently making the same types of offensive attacks and allowing the defense to get set up. This week in practice we want to improve our shot selection and keep the defense off balance. It was a good team effort and we are looking forward to having Te'Ara back in the lineup this week so we can get our team on the floor as it should be in the right positions.
In the morning match, WSU had 20 team blocks in a 30-28, 34-32, 30-25 win over the University of Toledo. Owens led the blockfest with nine followed by Barcus with seven and Davis with six. Barcus was the team-leader with eight kills while Rosin added seven kills. Davis, seeing her first action of the season as the primary setter, had 20 assists while Pendon had 15 digs.
While WSU had a .091 team hitting percentage, the Cougs' strong front line pushed Toledo to a -.013 hitting percentage.
"It wasn't pretty but we'll take it," Heffernan said post-match. "It was a really challenging match for our team. We got down in both games one and two early and had to claw right back. I was really proud of the character and the poise and the composure the team showed in finding a way to stay together and in the end pull out the victory in these games."
WSU hosts the Baden Cougar Challenge tournament Sept. 9-10 at Bohler Gym with teams from Oral Roberts, University of Buffalo and Idaho competing.
Washington State (2-2) 21 30 27 32 11 UC Davis (2-3) 30 27 30 30 15 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 65 (Owens 16), UCD 84 (Paschetta 31) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .153, UCD .141 ASSISTS - WSU 59 (Davis 49), UCD 83 (Astruc 68) DIGS - WSU 116 (Owens 26), UCD 125 (Brown 31) BLOCKS - WSU 22 (Owens 12), UCD 9 (Wilson 7) SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (Owens 3), UCD 8 (Astruc 4) Attendance: 128.