Huskies Upset No. 16 Cougar Volleyball
Oct. 11, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 16th-ranked Washington State University volleyball team could not find a handle for the Washington Huskies Friday night at Bank of America Arena as the UW pulled a 30-28, 20-30, 30-16, 30-25, upset win.
Four Huskies combined for 55 kills, led by the 17 kills (.250) of Paige Benjamin, as Washington hit .223 for the match. Benjamin and Sanja Tomasevic (16 kills) each had 22 digs. Darla Myhre had six blocks and Gretchen Maurer had 55 assists. Jessica Veris had three of the Dawgs' nine aces.
WSU is now 14-3 in overall play, 4-3 in Pac-10 action. Washington improves to 11-5, 3-4 in conference play.
"We flat-out got out-played tonight," Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. "The Huskies played good defense, they hit well, they blocked well. Maybe we were a little overconfident. They ran their middles better than they ran them all season. Our seniors struggled all night and that was a killer."
The Huskies, down 23-21, ran off five straight points in game one to go up 26-23. With outside starter Chelsie Schafer struggling, Fredrick subbed in freshman Ance Auzina. The teams then each scored a trio of points before Alexis McDonald's kill put UW at game point. Danka Danicic served into the net and Ance Auzina and Victoria Prince put up a huge block putting WSU into back into contention at 29-28. Serving to tie the game, Hankoff instead served into the net, giving Washington a 30-28 win.
Washington State out-scored Washington 13 to 3 to take a 29-16 lead in the second game. The Huskies tagged four straight points, two on blocks from Darla Myhre and Tomasevic. Zanda Bautre's kill put the game in the Cougars win column 30-20. WSU hit .432 and held UW to a .150 team hitting percentage.
The Cougars hit a negative .018 as Washington controlled the third game from the nine-all tie. The Huskies continued to score in the middle as WSU changed the lineup several times but could not find a winning combination. UW takes game three 30-16, the lowest game production for the Cougars this season.
Washington took a 27-20 lead in the fourth game before WSU peeled off four consecutive points temporarily halt the Huskies. The dominant play of Tomasevic carried the Dawgs in the end to a 30-25 game win and a 3-1 upset of the Cougars.
Washington State spends a second consecutive week on the road taking on No. 4 Stanford Thursday, Oct. 17, and at California Friday, Oct. 18.
Washington (11-5, 3-4) 30 20 30 30 #16 Washington State (14-3, 4-3) 28 30 16 25 STATISTICS: KILLS - UW 65 (Benjamin 17), WSU 57 (Hankoff 14) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UW .223, WSU .151 ASSISTS - UW 61 (Maurer 55), WSU 52 (Larson 47) DIGS - UW 89 (Benjamin, Tomasevic 22 each), WSU 90 (Jamtaas 30) BLOCKS - UW 9 (Myhre 6), WSU 10 (Prince 6) SERVICE ACES - UW 9 (Veria 3), WSU 2 (Prince, L. Harris 1 each) Attendance: 1,719.
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