WSU Sweeps Weber State at UAF Nanook Volleyball Tourney
Sept. 6, 2002
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The Washington State University volleyball team won its fourth match of the season, with a sweep of Weber State at the two-day, four-team Nanook Classic hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Friday night.
WSU (4-0) defeated Weber State (3-2) 30-16, 30-27, 30-25. Holly Harris, LaToya Harris and Chelsie Schafer all had 11 kills each for the Cougars. Lindsay Beckstrand led the Wildcats with nine kills and five blocks. Washington State was vicious at the serving line with ten aces, four from Victoria Prince who also led the team with four blocks.
The Cougars led game one from start to finish with sophomore middle Victoria Prince serving up six-point and a seven-point runs with an ace in each run. Washington State out-scored the Utah-based WSU 16 to 3 to end the first game with a 30-16 win.
Game two saw the Wildcats ripping off seven consecutive points to grab a 10-6 early lead. The Cougars fought back but only one or two points at a time. Weber State extended its lead to 22-16 before WSU could put together three straight points. LaToya Harris and Holly Harris joined up for a big block and tie the score at 24. Weber State's Kris Hollingsworth's kill put the Cats up 25-24. Then it became the Chelsie Schafer show as the senior tallied four of the Cougars' final six points with wicked cross-court kills for the 30-27 win.
Washington State kept a comfortable six-point lead over Weber State in game three, holding off the Wildcats five-point run at the end of the game. Cougars win the third game 30-25 and the match 3-0.
"We gave up a lot of easy points but what appeared to be easy because they were serving pretty tough," Weber State coach Al Givens said after the match. "We're not alone in that venture since they played three matches over the weekend and had a lot of aces off of their jump servers. Nothing like your opponents to point out your weaknesses."
"Our serving is really, really strong," Prince said. "We have three jump servers and usually we are pretty consistent. We had really good serving, it was on tonight."
Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said, "We didn't really know what to expect (from Weber State). We knew their outside hitters would get a lot of sets but I think their middle hitters got a few more hits than we would have liked to have had them get. Like Victoria said, I think our serving keeps people out of their offense and that was our goal. The great thing was everybody played."
"We really had no idea how good Weber State would be and so we came out ready for anything and then we settled too much in that second game," Holly Harris said. "After we ended strong in the first game, we got a little complacent. In the third we came back strong."
Saturday, WSU will play host UAF at 1 p.m. and Southwest Texas State at 6 p.m.
Washington State (4-0) 30 30 30 Weber State (3-2) 16 27 25 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 52 (H. Harris, Schafer, L. Harris 11 each), Weber St. 32 (Beckstrand 9) ASSISTS - WSU 41 (Larson 38), Weber St. 28 (Robinson 27 DIGS - WSU 34 (Jamtaas 7), Weber St. 35 (three with 8 each) BLOCKS - WSU 6.5 (Prince 4), Weber St. 9.5 (Beckstrand 5) SERVICE ACES - WSU 10 (Prince 3), Weber St. 1 (Hollingsworth)
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