Sept. 22, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - In a tightly contested match from the first serve, the Washington State volleyball team lost to No. 8 California in a Pacific-10 Conference match Friday night at Bohler Gym. The Golden Bears reached their first conference win in a 30-25, 31-29, 30-27 victory over the Cougs.
Angie Pressey led California (12-1, 1-1) with a match-high totals of 22 kills (.500) and 15 digs, and a team-high four blocks. Ellen Orchard added 11 kills, Samantha Carter had 46 assists and Jillian Davis added 12 digs. Cal hit .264 as a team.
WSU senior Kelly Rosin had 13 kills (.310) and five blocks as the Cougars suffered their third consecutive loss (12-4, 0-2). Other Cougar contributors were Brittany Johnson with 10 kills, Corina Beyer with 40 assists and two aces, Cassie Robbins with five blocks, and Tara West with four blocks and two aces. Kelly Hyder, returning to action after sitting out a match with a concussion, had 11 digs while Stephanie Weishaar added 10 digs. WSU out-blocked Cal 10.5 to 7.
"Our team has worked very hard and we've made a lot of improvements over the last year: we're stronger, we're faster, we have great team chemistry and we didn't think we displayed that last night (against No. 6 Stanford)," Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Tonight I felt like we came out and we played and Cal is a good team and we got beat by a good team. We played with Cal and put them in tough situations and scored points on them and showed everybody we are a good team. There are no moral victories for anybody and no one is pleased with a loss but by the same token, it is encouraging because we did a lot of good things. We can come back to practice on Monday and know there are some things we can improve upon as we prepare for the second weekend of the Pac-10."
In the first game, Cal took a 26-25 lead and took the 30-25 win after four Cougar attack errors. WSU came back from a four-point deficit late in game two to stop the Golden Bears at game point three times with kills from Adetokunbo Faleti and Rosin and an Cal attack error. With the game tied at 29, Cal's Croatian freshman Hana Cutura, landed back-to-back kills for the 31-29 win.
WSU took the early lead in the third game until Cal knotted it up at 20. The Cougars went up 27-25 but kills from Cal's Pressey tied it at 27. After a WSU timeout, Pressey landed two more kills and Carter served an ace for the 30-27 win, and 3-0 match victory.
"We told ourselves we would not focus on the streaks (of points) and we would stop them and this is definitely different from last year," Rosin said.
"Cal is a good team. But I think for me, not knowing what the Pac-10 is going to be like, I actually feel more confident about our team now because I feel that we can compete with anyone now," Cougar Australian transfer West said.
Washington State travels to Los Angeles next week to take on No. 7 USC and No. 3 UCLA.
No. 8 California (12-1, 1-1) def. Washington State (12-4, 0-2) 30-25, 31-29, 30-27 KILLS - CAL 61 (Pressey 22), WSU 44 (Rosin 13) HITTING PERCENTAGE - CAL .264, WSU .203 ASSISTS - CAL 55 (Carter 46), WSU 43 (Beyer 40) DIGS - CAL 58 (Pressey 15), WSU 45 (Hyder 11) BLOCKS - CAL 7 (Pressey 4), WSU 10.5 (Robbins 5, Rosin 5) SERVICE ACES - CAL 2 (Carter 1, Kathan 1), WSU 5 (West 2, Beyer 2) Attendance: 862.