Washington State captured its first Pac-10 Conference victory of 1989 with a 3-2 win at Oregon State, Sept. 22. The Cougars beat the Beavers in five games by scores of 15-8, 8-15, 17-15, 6-15, 16-14.
Sophomore outside hitter Carrie Couturier from Barlow High School in Gresham, Ore., returned to her home state and led the Cougars with 27 kills. She recorded an impressive .400 hitting percentage and contributed 12 digs, three solo blocks and 11 block assists. Washington State totaled 62 blocks overall led by Traci King's 20, a school record that still stands today.
"My philosophy of coaching is that if a team can block and serve, you can win at the collegiate level," First-Year Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said.
In the game two loss, the Beavers keyed in on outside hitter Carla Reyes so Fredrick had to make some offensive adjustments.
"Our offense wasn't working because they were camping on Carla, so we ran number of quick sets and flipped the lineup to put Carla in front of the setter," Fredrick said. "Traci King and DeLisa DeBolt did an excellent job of blocking for us. Our blockers could read where they would set and we played rotation defense. Gwen Fernandez played an outstanding defensive game. She made some digs that could have easily been kills. Kristen Hovde's performance in the final game was also pleasing to see, coming from a freshman."
The win was the first-career in Pacific-10 Conference play for Fredrick. The Iowa native went on to coach 14 seasons for the Cougars and compiled 269 victories, the most all-time for a coach in any women's sport at Washington State. Her impressive record on the Palouse included seven campaigns with at least 20 wins.
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