Oct. 14, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball team fell in three games to No. 22 UCLA Friday night before 1,102 Homecoming fans at Bohler Gym. The game scores were 30-20, 30-21, 30-19.
UCLA (10-6 overall, 3-4 Pac-10) had four players in double-figure kills with Nana Meriwether leading the way with 14 kills and a .550 hitting percentage. Meriwether, Nancy Barba and Katie Carter each had three blocks while Kaitlin Sather had a match-high 12 digs and a trio of service aces. Freshman setter Nellie Spicer dished out 46 assists.
WSU freshman Brittany Johnson was the sole Cougar with double-figure kills at 10. Jalen Pendon had eight digs, Gwen Davis had 19 assists and Te'Ara Epps led the match with five blocks. For the second consecutive night, WSU was without its leading hitter and second-leading blocker, junior Jen Barcus who is suffering from a viral infection.
"Jen Barcus is worth another at least another nine points in each game," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "I can't say enough about her. She is so solid every single night and never gives excuses for poor performance. She is very valuable in terms of her role modeling and her leadership to the team."
Washington State (8-12 overall, 1-6 in Pac-10) was held to a team hitting percentage of .084 while the Bruins hit .357 as a team.
"In game one I didn't feel like we had people really doing their jobs," Heffernan said. "We had serve-receivers who passed the ball great every day and they show up to a match and I don't know where that goes. I can't say enough about Brittany Johnson. She gets better every night. She was keeping us in those games and she was carrying a huge, huge load."
"In volleyball, mistakes are the biggest part. Every point is made by someone else's mistake," WSU's Johnson said. "We had heart in the beginning but mistake after mistake we kind of lost it. The Pac-10 is a tough conference so we need to work hard and take advantage of practice time and come out ready next weekend against the Oregons."
Washington State travels to Oregon State and Oregon for matches at Corvallis and Eugene next Friday and Saturday.
No. 22 UCLA (10-6, 3-4) def. Washington State (8-12, 1-6) 30-20, 30-21, 30-19 KILLS - WSU 31 (Johnson 10), UCLA 57 (Meriwether 14) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .084, UCLA .357 ASSISTS - WSU 29 (Davis 19), UCLA 53 (Spicer 46) DIGS - WSU 36 (Pendon 8), UCLA 46 (Sather 12) BLOCKS - WSU 8 (Epps 5), UCLA 6.5 (Barba, Meriwether, Carter 3 each) SERVICE ACES - WSU 1 (Pendon), UCLA 3 (Sather 3) Attendance: 1,102.