LMU, Saint Louis Win at Cougar Mania Volleyball Tourney
Sept. 12, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Saint Louis University defeated Washington State 3-1, and No. 22 Loyola Marymount swept New Mexico in the Friday matches of the two-day, four-team Cougar Mania Volleyball Tournament at Bohler Gym.
With this loss, the youthful Cougars fall to 1-6 for the season, having dropped their last six matches after winning their opening contest Aug. 29. The last time Washington State lost six consecutive volleyball matches was in 1989, Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's first season on the Palouse.
Saint Louis moved to 4-6 for the season after defeating WSU 30-26, 29-31, 30-19, 30-24. LMU won its ninth straight match with the 31-29, 30-20, 30-24, sweep of New Mexico, now 3-4.
WSU was playing the fourth consecutive match with sophomore setter Brenn Larson who is recovering from a high ankle sprain suffered Aug. 28. Freshman walk-on Kali Richards teamed up with sole senior Zanda Bautre for the setting duties Friday night. Five true freshmen and three redshirt freshmen saw action for the Cougars in the SLU match.
Bautre was the match kills leader with 16 while Kristen Carlson added 13 kills and the match-high 19 digs. Bautre added 24 assists and Richards put up 21. Jennifer Todd had five blocks. The Cougars struggled once again at the service line, committing 17 service errors with only five aces on the night.
The Billikens' Alexis Cooley had 15 kills, hitting .652. Lauren Boissevain had 15 digs while Erin McClanahan had 40 assists. Saint Louis hit .252 for the match and kept WSU to .165 including a third game shutout of .000.
"We are obviously struggling right now," Fredrick said. "We don't have anybody who can come to the forefront right now. It doesn't seem like there is anybody who is wanting to be on the court right now. Kristen (Carlson) and Zanda (Bautre) are hitting the ball hard and that's it and that's not going to win us too many games. We are having trouble, without a doubt, getting the ball to the middle hitters because we don't have Brenn (Larson). And that is huge. They are doing the best they can right now in the situation they're in. Hopefully it will get better."
In the first match of the tournament, Loyola Marymount was lead by Kealani Kimball's 11 kills while Courtnay Leonard had 14 digs and Tiana Newsome added four blocks. The Lobos were lead by the 11 kills of Anna Reines and 15 digs of Adah Burke. LMU hit .231 for the match and held New Mexico to .119.
Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. when Loyola Marymount plays Saint Louis, followed by WSU versus New Mexico at noon. The night session begins at 5 p.m. as Saint Louis faces New Mexico and WSU takes on Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m.
No. 22 Loyola Marymount (9-0) 31 30 30 New Mexico (3-4) 29 20 24 STATISTICS: KILLS - LMU 45 (Kimball 11), UNM 35 (Reines 11) HITTING PERCENTAGE - LMU .231, UNM .119 ASSISTS - LMU 35 (Oehlman 29), UNM 32 (Smith 21) DIGS - LMU 46 (Leonard 14), UNM 38 (Burke 15) BLOCKS - LMU 6 (Newsome 4), UNM 5 (Sondrup 3) SERVICE ACES - LMU 7 (Kimball 3), UNM 7 (Dunsmoor, Heasty 2 each)
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