Cougar Volleyball Sweeps Houston
Sept. 7, 2001
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Holly Harris had 15 kills, hit .345, and had five blocks to lead the Washington State Cougars to a 3-0 win over the Houston Cougars in the first match of the Kansas State Wildcat Tournament Friday at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas.
With the 33-31, 30-26, 30-28 win, WSU moves to 4-1 while Houston drops to 2-3.
In the first game, WSU out-scored Houston 11 to 5 to open the match but the Texas Cougars fought back, tied the game at 24 and then took the lead 25-24. Houston extend their lead to 29-27 but a hitting error by UH's Wittenburg and a block from WSU's Holly Harris and Kali Surplus turned the tide. Houston was serving for game at 30-29 but Adrian Hankoff's kill evened up the contest. Holly Harris tallied a kill but on the Crimson Cougars' serve for game, Hankoff served long and the game was tied at 31. Holly Harris then banged home two kills the give the Palouse Cougars the game, 33-31.
Game two was a tightly played contest with WSU ahead 28-23 but letting Houston back in the game with three straight points. Hankoff and Melissa Boyle scored the final two points of the game for the Crimson Cougar 30-26 win. WSU hit .378 in this game.
Houston had the lead in much of the third game, at one time up 21-15. WSU slowly crawled back and tied the game at 27. UH tagged it's 28th point with a Wittenburg kill but hitting errors by Houston's Donna Sellen and Wittenburg put Wazzu at game point. Boyle and Hankoff combined for a monster block to give WSU the 30-28 win, and 3-0 match victory.
The third game was played as the K-State officials were monitoring the local weather radar as a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect and the possibility of being evacuated to the locker rooms loomed. The storm, which dumped heavy rains on the area, stayed centered five miles to the north of the KSU campus.
"I can't be overly-happy with the way we played, but I can be happy about the fact we won in three," Washington State Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "We made some adjustments by moving the blockers around a lot. Probably the best thing I can say is that nobody got to scout a very good team tonight."
Saturday morning, Washington State plays Arkansas and that evening meets host, 22nd-ranked Kansas State.
Houston (2-3) 31 26 28 Washington State (4-1) 33 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS: H. Harris (WSU) 15, Wittenburg (UH) 22. ASSISTS: Surplus (WSU) 40, Sellen (UH) 22. DIGS: L. Harris (WSU) 12, Wittenburg (UH) 12, Tanneberger (UH) 12. BLOCKS: H. Harris (WSU) 5, Karasek (UH) 3, Tanneberger (UH) 3. SERVICE ACES: Hankoff (WSU) 3, Baggett (UH) 3. Attendance: 75.
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