WSU Volleyball Edged in Five by No. 6 Stanford
Oct. 24, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. -- For the sixth time in as many matches this season, the youthful Washington State team lost a five-game match as No. 6 Stanford defeated the Cougars 20-30, 30-24, 30-24, 28-30, 15-10, before 1,539 Dad's Weekend fans Friday night at Bohler Gym.
WSU drops to 7-14 overall, 3-8 in Pac-10 matches while Stanford moves to 15-5 overall, 8-3 in conference play.
"I told the team I'm really proud of the way they played tonight," Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "It would have been uncharacteristic of them but easy for them to just fold and be really down but they battled, all night long they battled. They showed a lot of Cougar pride out there tonight,"
Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani led all player with 24 kills while Jennifer Harvey had 10 blocks on the night. Cardinal setter Katie Goldhahn had 59 assists and 20 digs.
Kristen Carlson had 20 kills and 15 digs to lead the Cougars. Zanda Bautre added 16 kills and 20 digs while Jennifer Todd had 12 kills. Jen Barcus was the WSU blocks leader with six. Brenn Larson has 54 assists with nine kills and a .421 hitting percentage.
"I just wanted to have fun tonight and really go after it and leave everything on the court," Larson said. "I'd rather err out of aggressiveness than not. I just wish we could have won."
Stanford, coming off a loss at No. 10 Washington Thursday night, came out flat the WSU took advantage and jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first game and never looked back. The Cougars could not keep the momentum for the second and third games, staying within striking distance but not overcoming the Stanford leads.
Game four was tied at a dozen times including at 28-all. A kill from the Cougar freshman Todd and an attack error by Nnamani, a junior All-American, gave WSU the 30-28 win and sent to teams to a fifth game.
The Cardinal went up 8-5 and increased their lead until the 15-10 win. Stanford hit .455 in this game and held the Cougars to a .185. Out of the six five-game matches WSU has lost this season, two have been to top-10 ranked opponents.
"I thought this would be the night to get this done," Fredrick said. "We're playing good volleyball and we're so close. We're getting there."
Washington State's takes on Idaho Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Bohler Gym.
Washington State (7-14, 3-8) 30 24 24 30 10 No. 6 Stanford (15-5, 8-3) 24 30 30 28 15 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 73 (Carlson 20), SU 71 (Nnamani 24) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .207, SU .243 ASSISTS - WSU 65 (Larson 54), SU 66 (Goldhahn 59) DIGS - WSU 67 (Bautre 20), SU 79 (Jerkov 20) BLOCKS - WSU 9 (Barcus 6), SU 15 (Harvey 10) SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (Bautre, Todd, 2 each), SU 7 (Nnamani, Richards, Hall, 2 each) Attendance: 1,539.