Nov. 10, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State volleyball team lost to a dominating No. 4 Washington team 30-17, 30-12, 30-23, Friday night before season-high 1,320 fans at Bohler Gym.
The Huskies moved to 22-3 on the season and 12-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference while the Cougars fell to 15-13 overall, 3-11 in league play.
UW's Christal Morrison and Stevie Mussie each had 16 kills to lead the match while Alesha Deesing added 10 kills. Morrison and Tamari Miyashiro each had 15 digs while setter Courtney Thompson had 44 assists. Deesing led the match with seven blocks.
The Cougars hit .035 for the match as UW hit .331, including a second game percentage of .543.
"I think that match-ups are very important to our team. Having Kelly Rosin matched-up against Christal Morrison is a key match-up for us. In game one they came out in a different rotation than we expected and they had Christal matched-up against Corina Beyer and from there we were out of sync and really not ready to go," Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "We were able to adjust and get the match-up we wanted. We started game three with only three blocks and ended with nine total. It shows that we were able to defend them.
Cougar senior co-captain Rosin said, "When we played in Seattle, we didn't let UW have a lot of streaks and here we let them have the momentum and be in control a lot of games one and two. That was a huge difference as well as the match-ups as well."
"In terms of our offensive rhythm, we were much better over in Seattle than we were tonight," Heffernan continued. "Some of that comes from not having key players at practice. Our setter is not able to practice with us right now; she's playing on the weekends. Corina's doing the best job she can but she's not at her best right now and that throws off the rhythm and flow of what we need to do offensively."
Washington State hosts Arizona State and Arizona next Thursday and Friday in the Cougars' final home matches at Bohler Gym this season.
No. 4 Washington (22-3, 12-2) def. Washington State (15-13, 3-11) 30-17, 30-12, 30-23 KILLS - UW 57 (Morrison 16, Mussie 16), WSU 29 (Johnson 9) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UW .331, WSU .035 ASSISTS - UW 52 (Thompson 44), WSU 29 (Beyer 28) DIGS - UW 54 (Thompson 15, Miyashiro 15), WSU 44 (Hyder 15) BLOCKS - UW 13 (Deesing 7), WSU 9 (Robbins 5) SERVICE ACES - UW 2 (Thompson 1, Aratani 1), WSU 0 Attendance: 1,320.