ASU Outlasts WSU 3-2
Oct. 16, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Washington State came back from being down two games to force Arizona State to a fifth game but the home court Sun Devils held on for the 3-2 win Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Arena. The game scores were 30-19, 30-25, 21-30, 28-30, 15-9.
Arizona State evens up it record to 8-8 overall and 3-5 in Pac-10 action while WSU drops to 3-17 overall, 0-7 in conference matches.
WSU had not won two consecutive games in a match since a month ago when the Cougars had 3-0 wins over Gonzaga and Radford. The Cougars have a 1-3 record in five-game matches this season.
ASU's Sarah Watkins led all players with 24 kills (.372) while Nicole Morton added 22 kills (.283). Sydney Donahue had a match-high 21 digs but four Sun Devils had double-figure digs. Tierra Burnley had five blocks and setter Rachel Mittelstaedt had 66 assists.
Jennifer Todd and Kelly Rosin each had 20 kills for the Cougars with Todd hitting a season-high .581 for the match and contributed three aces. Jen Barcus led the team with five blocks while setter Nicole Martin had 54 assists. Stacey Holbrook added 16 digs.
"I thought our student-athletes came out in games three and four after we challenged them to exceed ASU's competitive drive, out-work and out-compete them and see what happens," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "And they did that and that was really good. In the fifth game our errors came back to get us. In games one and two our effort and our attitude and our competitive drive was not there. Our athletes were telling us they were not ready to compete. In games three and four it was a much different story. We really did a nice job as a team. Our errors were low and our hitting efficiency in game three was .385 and in game four .293. Then in game five, we make five errors with only six kills on 21 swings. You can't win a Pac-10 volleyball match that way."
Arizona State landed 19 kills and hit .400 in the first game, holding WSU to 8 kills and a .000 hitting percentage. Morton landed six kills in the opener while Todd was the lone Cougar with positive hitting stats with four kills and a .667 hitting percentage. ASU won this game 30-19.
The second game saw 11 ties before ASU went up 19-16. Cougars fought back and tied it up again at 23 but Morton and Watkins combined to put down five kills for the Sun Devils to win 30-25. ASU hit .450 in this game while WSU improved to a .349 with Todd adding seven kills and no errors to her 15 attacks (.733).
The Cougars came out of the break raring to go and had the lead in the third game from the opening serve. WSU landed 19 kills and hit .385, holding ASU to 11 kills and a .152 hitting percentage. WSU wins, 30-21.
The fourth game was knotted at 19 when WSU went on a four-point run and kept that margin until ASU closed the gap to 27-25. Rosin landed a kill but ASU came back with two points and WSU was up 28-27. After a WSU timeout, ASU's Kristin Trayser's attack went out of bounds, putting the Cougs serving for game point. Morton's kill gave ASU 28 points but Kelley slammed one right down the net and WSU wins 30-28.
ASU got out to a 5-1 lead in the fifth game before WSU reeled off four consecutive points. The score was 6-all when the Sun Devils went on a four-one run for a 10-7 lead. After a WSU timeout, ASU out-scored the Cougs five to two and won the game 15-9, and the match 3-2.
For only the second weekend in the last eight, the WSU volleyball team returns to Pullman for matches in Bohler Gym against No. 12 Stanford Friday, Oct. 22, and against No. 13 California Saturday, Oct. 23.
Arizona State (8-8, 3-5) 30 30 21 28 15 Washington State (3-17 0-7) 19 25 30 30 9 STATISTICS: KILLS - ASU 80 (Watkins 24), WSU 66 (Rosin, Todd 20 each) HITTING PERCENTAGE - ASU .315, WSU .242 ASSISTS - ASU 70 (Mittelstaedt 66), WSU 59 (Martin 54) DIGS - ASU 74 (Donahue 21), WSU 52 (Holbrook 16) BLOCKS - ASU 9 (Burnley 5), WSU 9 (Barcus 5) SERVICE ACES - ASU 6 (Watkins 2), WSU 5 (Todd 3) Attendance: 532.
Official Website of Washington State University Athletics | Bohler Athletic Complex | PO Box 641602 Pullman, WA 99164-1602 | 1.800.GO.COUGS