Nov. 5, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University volleyball team swept Arizona State 15-13, 15-13, 15-9, Friday night before 1,092 fans at Beasley Coliseum. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Sun Devils who were fifth in the Pac-10 standings.
WSU moves to 12-10 overall, 6-8 in conference play while Arizona State is 10-10 overall, 6-7 in Pac-10 Conference standings. Prior to the ASU match, the Cougs were seventh in Pac-10 standings.
Cougar freshman Adrian Hankoff led the match with 18 kills, hitting .400 and had 12 digs. Joy Sperry and LaToya Harris each had 11 kills with Sperry digging up a match-high 17 digs. Kortney Jamtaas had three service aces while Melissa Wright had 41 assists with seven kills and nine digs. Holly Harris had four blocks against a much-taller ASU team.
The Sun Devils were led by Jamie Peck's 13 kills while Jami Coughlin added 14 digs and Terese Robb had four service aces.
The Cougars out-hit ASU .238 to .126, out-blocked the Devils 8 to 7, and out-dug the visitors 66 to 59.
ASU gave up leads in all three games Friday night. In the first game, the Cougars came back from a 13-10 deficit to score the final five points of the game, including back-to-back aces from Jamtaas, for the 15-13 win.
In game two, the Cougars were down 8-1, and 11-5 but battled back with a 5-1 run and closed out the game with five consecutive points including two push kills by Wright and a slamming kill from Sperry and two hitting errors by ASU.
WSU had the lead in game three but ASU battled back to a 9-6 lead. Nine WSU points and only two Sun Devil sideouts later, the Cougs claimed the 15-9 win and 3-0 sweep of ASU.
"In practice when we scrimmage, they always come from behind, behind, behind," Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. "At halftime we said, let's start something different and see if we can't, just once, start a game ahead.
"Our whole plan for tonight was to stop (Amanda) Burbridge and (Jami) Coughlin and if you look at it, Burbridge hit negative and Couglin hit only .192. So we did exactly what we needed to do."
WSU plays it final home match Saturday against 19th-ranked Arizona.
Washington State (12-10, 6-8 Pac-10) def. Arizona State (10-10, 6-7 Pac-10)
Game scores: 15-13, 15-13, 15-9 STATISTICS:
KILLS: Hankoff (WSU) 18, Peck (ASU) 13.
ASSISTS: Wright (WSU) 41, Priest (ASU) 37.
DIGS: Sperry (WSU) 17, Coughlin (ASU) 14.
BLOCKS: H. Harris (WSU) 4, Leddy (ASU) 4.
SERVICE ACES: Jamtaas (WSU) 3, Robb (ASU) 4.