Sept. 12, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The No. 18 Wichita State volleyball team swept host Washington State Friday night with set scores of 25-23, 26-24, and 25-21 in the second match of the Cougar Challenge Tournament on Marcia Saneholtz Court before 608 fans at Bohler Gym.
WSU is now 4-4 in the first season for Head Coach Andrew Palileo. Wichita State moves to 9-0.
Wichita State's Lindsey Eckenrode and Angela Jakubov racked-up 10 kills each while Mary Elizabeth Hooper and Kelly Broussard each contributed 13 digs. Hooper also had 35 assists. Eckenrode and Stephanie Tokarz had three blocks each.
Brittany Tillman and Cassie Robbins each had 10 kills to lead the Cougars with Tillman hitting .533 and Robbins hitting .471. Emily Rooney led the match with four blocks and added a pair of aces and Kelly Hyder had 12 digs. Renee Bordelon had 36 assists. This was the first match of the season where WSU hit well in two consecutive sets.
Washington State jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the first set. The teams tied at 14 but the Cougars scored three straight behind a Robbins kill, a Shocker attack error and an ace serviced by Stephanie Weishaar. Wichita State came out of the timeout and outscored the Cougs six to four but WSU held a 21-20 lead. But not for long as the Shockers tallied three quick points on WSU errors. Kills from Johnson and Rooney could not catch the visitors. Wichita State wins 25-23.
The second set was an even battle as the squads traded scores until the Shockers rallied from a 14-15 deficit to an 18-15 lead. Washington State out-scored the mid-West WSU six to two and went ahead 21-20. The Shockers took a timeout and came back to score twice as Johnson served long and Jakubov landed a kill. Robbins' scored on a block but the Cougs were called for a lift on the next play, leaving Wichita State ahead 23-22. After a WSU timeout Eckenrode slammed home a kill to put the Shockers serving for set. Albright stopped the party with a kill and on the next play Eckenrode hit into the net. Knotted at 24, the 19th tie of the set, a kill from Jakubov and a block by Tokarz gave Wichita State the 26-24 win. WSU hit 350 in the set, committing only one error in 40 attacks with 15 kills.
The Shockers ran out to a 16-9 lead and held on until late in the set. WSU, down 21-15, scored six points to Wichita State's one to trail by only two, 21-23. A service error by Bordelon, a kill from Echenrode and an attack error by Johnson ended the set 25-21 in the visitor's favor.
In the opening match of the tournament, Northwestern (4-2) defeated Montana State (3-5) with set scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-12. NU's Chelsy Hyser led the match with 11 kills as the Wildcats hit .303 and had 10 blocks while MSU hit .061 for the match and had five blocks.
The Cougar Challenge tournament continues Saturday, Sept. 13, with WSU taking on Montana State at 12:30 p.m. and Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. Wichita State plays Northwestern at 10 a.m. and Montana State at 4:30 p.m. All home matches will be played on Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym.