Volleyball Sweeps Away Huskies With 3-0 Win
Oct. 8, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington and Washington State volleyball teams entered the Pacific-10 Conference match Monday night with identical league records and nearly identical overall records. But 80 minutes later, there was no doubt in Bohler Gym who the better team was this night as WSU defeated UW 30-28, 30-10, 30-25.
Both teams were playing their third Pac-10 match in five days. WSU moves to 8-6 overall, 3-4 in league action while the Huskies drop to 8-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play. The Cougars have won the past five consecutive matches over the cross-state rival Dawgs.
WSU's Zanda Bautre and LaToya Harris led all players with 13 kills each. Bautre hit .458 while Harris hit .333. Melissa Boyle added 11 kills (.450) and led both teams with six blocks. Adrian Hankoff, Kerry Lewis and Kortney Jamtaas contributed 11 digs each. Setter Kali Surplus had 43 assists and six kills with a .455 hitting percentage.
Washington's Allison Richardson and Paige Benjamin each had seven kills to lead the Huskies. Lisa Underhill had four blocks while Richardson and Gretchen Maurer had 11 digs each.
The Cougars out-blocked the Huskies 12 to 5.5, and out-hit the Dawgs .305 to .072.
"We are just plain sick of losing and even if it was the Huskies or the number one ranked team in this nation, we would have come out fired up to play because we were fired up for a win. We needed that win tonight," Boyle said.
"It's always a big deal to play a ranked team but we get fired up to play our rivals," Hankoff said.
"We served so well that we knew where they had to set the ball because the passes weren't that good," Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "And we spent time in practice working on overpasses. And we passed well tonight so Kali had a good time because she was a setter and not a sprinter."
The first game was tight as the largest WSU lead was five points at 16-11. Tied at 26 points, UW's Kaitlin Leck scored a kill for the Huskies' first lead of the game, 27-26. On the following serve, Bautre came up big on the left side for the Cougs and knotted the game again. Attack errors by Richardson and Maurer on the next two serves put WSU at game point. Leck's kill delayed the WSU celebration only temporarily as Bautre came back with a the game-winning kill. Cougs win 30-28.
WSU dominated the second game, scoring 24 points before the Huskies could manage double-figures. UW had only five kills and made nine errors in 47 attacks in this game for a hitting percentage of -.085. Cougs take game two, 30-10.
Washington rallied after the game two break to stay within striking distance of WSU in game three. In the late stages, UW was within two points of the Cougars at 20-22. But WSU's .405 hitting in this game (compared to UW's .194) and strong blocking (four team blocks to UW's 1.5) made the difference. WSU wins 30-25.
"If we play our best all the time, we can give any team a fight," Boyle said. "We're a very talented team with a lot of skillful players and if we play our best, we can match up with anyone."
Bautre added, "We have to believe that we can beat ranked teams. When we lose, then we always say okay, they are ranked, but that is no excuse."
Washington State travels to Tucson Friday night, Oct. 12, for a Pac-10 match against #7 Arizona and heads to Tempe Saturday night, Oct. 13, to meet Arizona State.
Washington (8-7, 2-5) 28 10 25 Washington State (8-6, 3-4) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 56 (Bautre, 13, L. Harris 13), UW 35 (Richardson 7, Benjamin 7). ASSISTS - WSU 51 (Surplus 43), UW 33 (Maurer 27). DIGS - WSU 50 (Hankoff, Jamtaas, Lewis 11 each), UW 51 (Richardson, Maurer 11 each). BLOCKS - WSU 12 (Boyle 6), UW 5.5 (Underhill 4). SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Bautre, Hankoff, Jamtaas 1 each), UW 1 (Churnside 1). Attendance - 937.
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