Oct. 1, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Led by Jen Barcus' career-high 22 kills, the Washington State University volleyball team defeated Arizona State 28-30, 30-28, 32-30, 30-16 Saturday night at Bohler Gym.
This was the first Pacific-10 Conference win for WSU, now 8-8 overall, 1-2 in league contests. Arizona State drops to 6-8 overall, 1-3 in conference play.
"This win was a huge confidence builder," Barcus said. "We knew we could beat this team but we've know that with a lot of teams but we've not put a full game together. But tonight it felt like we really did. Even though it was really close a lot of the time, I think our side felt in control most of the match. We had really good team chemistry. There wasn't one person doing their own thing, it was all about the team which has been kind of a struggle for us."
In addition to 22 kills with a .333 hitting percentage, Barcus, a junior from Nine Mile Falls, Wash., had seven blocks and six digs. Freshman libero Jalen Pendon tied the school record for digs in a match with 34 (Kortney Jamtaas, 2002 vs. Stanford) as the Cougs had a total of 107 digs in the match. WSU freshman Brittany Johnson was the only other Coug in double figure kills with a career-high 10. Gwen Davis added 43 assists and Te'Ara Epps contributed seven blocks. Kelly Rosin had nine kills, three aces and 16 digs.
Coletter Meek, Margie Giordano and Nicole Morton combined for 34 kills for ASU. Staci Smith had a match-high nine blocks while Sydney Donahue had 33 of the Sun Devil's 94 digs. Giordano and Donahue each served a trio of aces.
"I think our players did a very good job of following the game plan both offensively and defensively," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "We served a lot of balls to their libero which wasn't in our game plan but in games three and four I thought we served aggressively so that worked to our favor. I was really impressed that in game four we only had one error with 14 kills and 54 attempts. That is a great effort in game four."
WSU's Johnson, from Phoenix, Arizona, had played against three ASU players and Sun Devils assistant coach Terri Cox Spann during prep and club volleyball but also trained with them during last summer.
"I know a lot their players and ASU is closer to home so there's always competition," Johnson said.
Washington State travels to No. 3 Stanford and No. 11 California for matches next week.
Washington State (8-8, 1-2) def. Arizona State (6-8, 1-4) 28-30, 30-28, 32-30, 30-16 KILLS - WSU 61 (Barcus 22), ASU 51 (Meek 13) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .154, ASU .106 ASSISTS - WSU 54 (Davis 43), ASU 48 (Middelstaedt 25) DIGS - WSU 107 (Pendon 34), ASU 94 (Donahue 33) BLOCKS - WSU 14 (Epps, Barcus 7 each), ASU 16 (Smith 9) SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (Rosin 3), ASU 12 (Giordano, Donahue 3 each) Attendance: 608.