Volleyball Upsets No. 16 Arizona 3-1
Sept. 18, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team defeated a nationally ranked team for the second time in six days Thursday night when the Cougars downed No. 16 Arizona 32-30, 30-27, 25-30, 36-34, before 743 fans at Bohler Gym. WSU defeated No. 22 Loyola Marymount 3-1, Saturday night.
WSU, on a three-match win streak, moved to 4-6 overall and opened the Pacific-10 Conference with a win. Arizona is now 6-5 overall and 0-1 in league play. This was the first Pac-10 opener the Wildcats have lost since 1997.
"I knew Arizona has a really young team and we have a much younger team than they do. I was talking to Arizona coach Dave Rubio before the game and they make a lot of mistakes and we make a lot of mistakes too," WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "We knew it would come down to who made the least amount of mistakes. When you look at the stats, it ends up we won because we had three less errors and one more kill. We won on four hits. But I really expected to win this one too."
Senior Zanda Bautre and redshirt freshman Kristen Carlson combined for 42 kills and 25 digs as sophomore setter Brenn Larson returned to action after missing six matches with a high ankle sprain. Larson had 42 assists. Jen Barcus added six blocks and four service aces.
The Wildcats were led by the 23 kills and 13 digs of Kim Glass, the 2002 Pac-10 Freshman Player of the Year. Bre Ladd contributed 13 kills and seven blocks while Kelli Mulvany had a match-high 16 digs. Setter Stephanie Butkus had 51 assists.
The Cougars were set to win the match in three games but watched an 11-1 third-game lead evaporate to an eventual 25-30 loss.
"It is so much fun to be back and playing with these girls," Larson said. "I don't think I played very well, my stats were off and I didn't connect with my middles. We'll work on it."
"Brenn practiced Tuesday for about an hour and then yesterday but she hasn't really set a ball setting-wise for two and a half weeks and that's a lot of time," Fredrick said.
The Cougars return to action Friday night when Arizona State (5-5), comes to Pullman for a 7 p.m. match.
Washington State (4-6) 32 30 25 36 No. 16 Arizona (6-5) 30 27 30 34 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 63 (Carlson 23), ARIZ (Glass 23) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .155, ARIZ .137 ASSISTS - WSU 58 (Larson 42), ARIZ 59 (Butkus 51) DIGS - WSU 59 (Carlson 15), ARIZ 66 (Mulvany 16) BLOCKS - WSU 11 (Barcus 6), ARIZ 14 (Ladd 7) SERVICE ACES - WSU 9 (Barcus 4), ARIZ 10 (Baum 3) Attendance: 743
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