Nov. 19, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Washington State University ended its Pacific-10 volleyball season with a 2-3 loss to California Friday night at the new Haas Pavilion. It was the seventh time in the past eight meetings in Berkeley the match has gone to five games, but the first loss for the Cougars. The game scores saw the Bears win 15-9, 10-15, 15-3, 13-15, 15-12.
The Cougars are now 13-13 overall and 7-11 in conference action while California is now 11-15 overall, 6-11 in Pac-10 matches. With a win over Washington Saturday night, Cal can claim a tie with WSU for sixth place in the final conference standings.
Cougars tallied match-high stats of 22 kills for freshman LaToya Harris and 23 digs from senior Joy Sperry. Kristen Johnson tied her career-high of 10 blocks. Senior Alicia Perry led the Bears with 21 kills and four additional Bears hit in double-figures while four players had double-doubles.
WSU had a disasterous 15 service errors.
The Golden Bears took a 5-0 lead in the first game but WSU went on an 8-1 run. But the game of streaks saw Cal come back with a 9-1 run of their own and take the opener 15-9. Cal junior Laurel Kokaska contributed three kills and a block down the stretch while junior Alicia Perry had five kills in the first game.
The Cougs and Bears battled it out in the second game with WSU up 9-5, before letting Cal come to within striking distance at 11-9. A LaToya Harris tip, Adrian Hankoff service ace and backcourt push by Melissa Wright closed out the Cougar win, 15-10.
Game three was all Cal as the Golden Bears hit .250 to WSU's -.054.
Up 11-6 in the crucial fourth game, WSU committed errors that allowed Cal to score four consecutive points. Joy Sperry took matters into her own hands and put WSU ahead 14-10. But Cal would not go away peacefully and stopped the Cougs at game point twice as the Bears tallied three points of their own. A kill from LaToya Harris gave WSU its third shot at the game and Kristen Johnson came through with a monster kill for the 15-13 win.
In the rally-scoring fifth game, where every play is a point, the Bears out-lasted the youthful Cougs 15-12.
"Tonight we didn't get the performance out of our left-side hitters and that killed us because we count on them and we couldn't find anyone on the left side to put the ball away," Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said.
Washington State completes the regular season at the Pacific Bankers' Classic Tournament Nov. 26-27, at Stockton, California, meeting Notre Dame in the first round.
California (11-15, 6-11 Pac-10) d. Washington State (13-13, 7-11 Pac-10) 3-2
Game scores: 15-9, 10-15, 15-3, 13-15, 15-12
STATISTICS: KILLS: L. Harris (WSU) 22, Sperry (WSU) 21), Perry (Cal) 21. ASSISTS: Wright (WSU) 57, Noonan (Cal) 34, Perry (Cal) 31. DIGS: Sperry (WSU) 23, Coulter (Cal) 21. BLOCKS: Johnson (WSU) 10, Alva (Cal) 9. SERVICE ACES: Jamtaas (WSU) 3, Coulter (Cal) 3. Attendance: 325.