Aug. 26, 2006
BROOKINGS, SD - The Washington State volleyball team fell to South Dakota State 30-23, 31-29, 24-30, 30-28, in the championship match of the SDSU Jackrabbit Kickoff Tournament at Frost Arena in Brookings.
South Dakota State remains unbeaten with a 4-0 record while WSU fell to 3-1.
Cougars Adetokunbo Faleti and Kelly Rosin combined for 35 kills while Kelly Hyder (19), Stephanie Weishaar (18) and Corina Beyer (16) combined for 53 digs. Beyer had 60 assists. Tara West had six blocks and Brittany Johnson added five stops at the net.
The Jackrabbits were led by the 26 kills and 24 digs of Minette Ridenour. Four other SDSU players had double-figure kills while Samantha Pearson added 21 digs and was one of five Jacks with double-digit digs. Tournament MVP Kristie Klusaw had 68 assists and 10 digs.
In the first game, SDSU extended a 23-21 lead to 28-21 before Faleti stopped the run with a kill for the Cougs. But the Jacks, who hit .316 in this game, traded points with WSU and took the 30-23 win.
The Jacks took a 19-12 lead in the second game before WSU scored seven-straight to tie at 19-all. The undefeated teams battled to 28-all tie. Faleti slammed down a kill to put the Cougs at game-point but the victory was not to be. SDSU staved off the game point to tie it at 29. A WSU blocking error put the Jacks up 30-29, and serving for the win. After a WSU timeout, SDSU landed the winning point, 31-29.
The Cougars hit .267 and held the Jacks to a .125 hitting percentage in the third game win of 30-24 but could not keep the momentum for the fourth and final game.
"I was really encouraged by our side of the net; we have some young players and they did an awesome job tonight," Washington State Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "I thought both teams played good volleyball in games two, three and four. There wasn't a lot of service errors or hitting errors and both sides did a good job."
Heffernan singled out freshman Cassie Robbins for her play in the tournament saying, "She is getting better and better every time she steps on the floor. She is a 6-3, Pac-10 level athlete body who as we progress through the season will become an X-factor for us. As she develops she is going to really open things up for our outside hitters."
WSU's Faleti and Beyer joined NDSU's Christy Stuewe, Gonzaga's Becky Jones and SDSU's Emily Rooney and Minette Ridenour on the all-tournament team. SDSU's Kristie Klusaw was named the tournament MVP.
Washington State travels from Brookings, South Dakota, to Portland, Ore., for a Tuesday, Aug. 29, match at the University of Portland.
South Dakota State (4-0) def. Washington State (3-1) 30-23, 31-29, 24-30, 30-28 KILLS - WSU 68 (Faleti 18), SDSU 74 (Ridenour 26) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .228, SDSU .241 ASSISTS - WSU 64 (Beyer 60), SDSU 70 (Klusaw 68) DIGS - WSU 75 (Hyder 19), SDSU 93 (Ridenour 24) BLOCKS - WSU 14 (West 6), SDSU 11 (Martin, Rooney 5 each) SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (Weishaar, Beyer 2 each), SDSU 5 (five with one each) Attendance: 526.All-Tournament Team: MVP Kristie Klusaw (SDSU), Minette Ridenour (SDSU), Emily Rooney (SDSU), Adetokunbo Faleti (WSU), Corina Beyer (WSU), Becky Jones (Gonzaga), and Christy Stuewe (N. Dakota State).