Sept. 13, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State's Brittany Johnson and Kelly Rosin combined for 30 kills to lead the Cougar volleyball team to a 3-1 win over the University of Idaho Wednesday night before 831 fans at Bohler Gym.
The Cougars moved to a 12-1 record with the 30-32, 30-20, 30-25, 30-25 win over the Vandals, who remain winless after nine matches this season. WSU extended its win-streak to nine matches and will take on Idaho again Friday night at Memorial Gym in Moscow.
Johnson, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., led all players with 16 kills and Rosin, a senior from Springfield, Ore., tallied 14 kills and 14 digs. Cougar freshman Kelly Hyder (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was the team's digs leader with 19. Corina Beyer, a freshman from Bayview, Idaho, had 44 assists. Freshman middle blocker Cassie Robbins had six blocks and Stephanie Weishaar (sophomore, Camas, Wash.) had a pair of service aces.
The Vandals' Erin Curtis and Debbie Pederson each contributed 13 kills. Match-high marks came from Stacy Sode's 28 digs and Curtis' seven blocks. Kelsey James, 32 assists, and Saxony Brown, 28 assists, split Idaho's setting duties.
The first game was tightly contested from the first serve. WSU was serving for game point, up 29-28, when Idaho's Pederson and Amanda Bowman blocked an attack from Beyer, and tied the game. Bowman's kill put the Vandals serving for the game but WSU's Adetokunbo Faleti's kill tied it up again. Curtis slammed one to get the Vandals a 31-30 advantage and Sarah Loney blocked a Johnson attack to end the game 32-30, in Idaho's favor.
"I thought our team played sluggish," Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "When we're on top of our game and we're sharp mentally, we are very low error and we are very efficient at the net both as blockers and as hitters. Tonight we just came out a little sluggish. I think that our team just came back and they had made up their mind that they were going to go out there and beat Idaho."
WSU took the lead in the second game, 10-6 and did not look back, winning out 30-20 and hitting .447 as a team.
"We came back and decided we just need to play," Johnson said. "Everyone's communicating front row and back row this year. All six people on the court and even the people on the sidelines are really communicating what's going on on the other side of the net."
Idaho came off the break to take a 22-16 lead in game three, but the Cougars roared back to tie the game at 24 and went on to win 30-25. In the fourth game, the Vandals stayed close, down only two points late in the game but their .089 hitting could not carry them to the win as the Cougs prevails 20-25.
"We're not taking anything for granted," Heffernan said. "Idaho is a great team, a physical team. They have some seniors that have performed well through the years and they have some young up and comers that are going to do great things. Idaho is going to be more prepared for us after having played us tonight. We want to perform better on our side of the net. They're a very good team and we definitely know that we have a big match in front of us on Friday."
Washington State will travel to Moscow, Idaho, to play the Vandals again this Friday, Sept. 15, at Memorial Gym.
Washington State (12-1) def. Idaho (0-9) 30-32, 30-20, 30-25, 30-25 KILLS - UI 64 (Curtis 13, Pederson 13), WSU 66 (Johnson 16) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UI .163, WSU .234 ASSISTS - UI 60 (James 32), WSU 58 (Beyer 44) DIGS - UI 66 (Sode 28), WSU 71 (Hyder 19) BLOCKS - UI 12 (Curtis 7), WSU 10 (Robbins 6) SERVICE ACES - UI 2 (Curtis 1, Yonker 1), WSU 4 (Weishaar 2) Attendance: 831.