Nov. 12, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington State University volleyball team broke an eight year drought and swept Washington 15-11, 15-12, 15-10, before a packed house Friday night at the Pavilion Addition. The last time the Cougars won in Seattle was in 1992.
WSU is 13-11 overall, 7-9 in conference play while Washington drops to 8-16 overall, 4-12 in Pac-10 Conference standings.
Four Cougars had double-doubles lead by Joy Sperry (20 kill, 12 digs), Adrian Hankoff (19 kills, 13 digs), Melissa Wright (10kills, 11 digs), and Holly Harris (10 kills, 10 digs). LaToya Harris narrowly missed the party with 18 kills and 9 digs.
UW was led by the 17 kills of Lisa Underhill and 15 kills of Kristina Laffling.
The cross-state rivals and Pac-10 travel partners stayed close in the first game with WSU going up 11-8 before UW tied it up. A push to the back court by Holly Harris put the Cougs ahead 12-11. Eight sideouts later, Adrian Hankoff scored her seventh kill of the game and Holly Harris followed with a tip. UW's Allison Richardson hit into the net to give WSU the 15-11 win. WSU hit .388 in the first game victory.
Cougars took an 8-2 lead to start the second game but the Huskies came back with eight unanswered points to take the lead. An ace by WSU's Melissa Wright followed by a huge block by Kristen Johnson put the Cougs on top 11-10. Back-to-back aces by Lisa Underhill put the Huskies within one. Holly Harris followed with an ace. It took the eastside three attempts at game point but senior Joy Sperry stepped up and got the job done with her booming kill - her ninth of this game - for the 15-12 win and a momentum carrying second game win.
The third game was a real cat-and-dog fight, with WSU turning the corner with an 11-8 lead. LaToya Harris and Hankoff extended the lead to 14-8. After two tries at match point, the Cougs gave up two points. On the fourth attempt, a kill by Sperry gave WSU the 15-10.
"The drought is over," Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said, relieved.
WSU travels to the San Francisco Bay area next week to meet #2 Stanford Thursday, Nov. 18, and California Friday, Nov. 19.
Washington State (13-11, 7-9 Pac-10) d. Washington (8-16, 4-12 Pac-10) 3-0
Game scores: 15-11, 15-12, 15-10
STATISTICSKILLS: Sperry (WSU) 20, Underhill (UW) 17.
ASSISTS: Wright (WSU) 59, Churnside (UW) 37.
DIGS: Hankoff (WSU) 13, Churnside (UW) 37.
BLOCKS: L. Harris (WSU) 5, Johnson (WSU) 5, Laffling (UW) 4.
SERVICE ACES: Sperry (WSU) 2, Richardson (UW) 2, Underhill (UW) 2.