No. 13 California Sweeps WSU Volleyball at Bohler
Oct. 24, 2004
Oct. 23, 2004 - PULLMAN, Wash. -- California's Angie Pressey and Gabrielle Abernathy combined for 27 kills as the No. 13 Golden Bears volleyball team defeated Washington State 30-23, 30-21, 30-23, Saturday night at Bohler Gym.
Washington State drops to 3-19 overall, 0-9 in Pac-10 play while California is now 11-7 overall, 6-3 in conference action.
Cal hit .358, held WSU to a .110 hitting percentage, and out-blocked the Cougs 11 to 8.
Cal's Alicia Powers added 10 kills and Jillian Davis led all players with 13 digs. Setter Samantha Carter had 50 assists and joined Powers with match-highs of six blocks on the night.
WSU was led by the 13 kills of Kelly Rosin, the sole Cougar in double figures, added a match-high three aces, and was joined by April Lott and Stacey Holbrook with six digs each. Jennifer Todd had nine kills and led the team with four blocks. Setter Nicole Martin had 30 assists.
"The biggest difference is their ability to terminate the ball," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Our errors are similar, they had 19, and we had 22. We both swung at the ball 109 times but they had 58 and we only terminated 34. The other big difference in the match was that they dug 47 balls and we dug 24. They're getting opportunities when we're attacking to terminate the ball and we're not. From an execution standpoint I thought our passing and serving was much better tonight and that allowed us to get the ball to Jenn Todd a lot more."
Heffernan also pointed out the play of reserve middle blocker April Lott. "April played great tonight. She only ended up with five kills on 14 attacks, but she only made two errors all night. Even though she wasn't terminating the ball, she was giving our team an opportunity to play defense. In game three she goes and dives into the bleachers and tries to win the ball back. I thought her effort level was great and set a really positive example for other players."
Washington State travels to Oregon and Oregon State for matches next Thursday and Friday, and the second half of the Pacific-10 Conference season.
Washington State (3-19, 0-9) 23 21 23 No. 13 California (11-7, 6-3) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 34 (Rosin 13), CAL 58 (Pressey 14) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .110, CAL .358 ASSISTS - WSU 31 (Martin 30), CAL 54 (Carter 50) DIGS - WSU 24 (Rosin, Lott, Holbrook 6 each), CAL 47 (Davis 13) BLOCKS - WSU 8 (Todd 4), CAL 11 (Carter, Powers 6 each) SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (Rosin 3), CAL 4 (Brown 2) Attendance: 535.
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