Volleyball Conquers Oregon State in Three
Oct. 25, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State volleyball team found sweet revenge in just 77 minutes with a 30-21, 30-13, 30-21, win over Oregon State Thursday night before 931 fans at Bohler Gym.
WSU moves to 11-8 overall, 6-6 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon State's record is 13-6 overall, 6-4 in conference play. OSU was fourth and WSU sixth in conference standings coming into tonight's contest. Oregon State won the first match this season, 3-1 at Corvallis.
Cougar junior outside hitters Adrian Hankoff and LaToya Harris led the way with 31 of WSU's 53 kills. Hankoff led the match with 16 kills, hitting .387, collected 11 digs and served four aces. Harris had 15 kills and only two errors in 24 attacks for a .542 hitting percentage. Setter Kali Surplus had 37 assists and the match-high 15 digs. Zanda Bautre added eight kills and 14 digs. Melissa Boyle had four blocks.
Gina Schmidt was the only Oregon State player in double-figures with 10 kills. Nikki Neuburger had 12 digs while Megan McMillian and Katrina Nelson each had two blocks.
WSU out-hit the Beavers .345 to .127 for the match, including a .515 game two effort with 18 kills and one error in 33 attacks. The Cougars also out-blocked OSU five to two, and out-served the visitors nine aces to one.
"We gave our team a good game plan and they followed it to a T" Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. "Not only that, but their movement on the court and choices on the court were so smart. Kali's selections and sets were fun, they were good, they were smart. Everything was touches. Adrian was just on fire and I like to see her take the decision to hit the second ball over, to not play bump, set, hit. And that takes people out of their sync. Our diggers all did a great job. If you look at the way we played them down there and look at the way we played them up here, you'd wonder how that happened."
In game one, WSU had an 11-1 run to take a 6-all tie to a 17-7 lead. Oregon State tried to stage a comeback late in the game with three straight points, but the Cougars made that effort seem futile as LaToya Harris slammed a shot down the line and Hankoff teamed with Holly Harris to block McMillian's attack. Cougs take the game 30-21.
WSU was up 11-9 in the second game but out-scored the Beavers 16 to 3. Bautre's pair of kills put the Cougars at game point when OSU could not connect and were called for four hits. WSU wins 30-13.
The third game was closer than the first two with a WSU lead of 21-17 before the Cougars ripped off five consecutive points. From 26-17, it became a one-for-one point trading affair with Schmidt's kill stopping WSU at game point but the Cougs winning the battle, 30-21.
"Whenever these guys are up against the wall they come out scratching and clawing like a good Cougar should," Fredrick said.
Hankoff added, "There was a lot of pressure on us tonight because if we win this game, we have a better chance of going to the tournament. If we lose there was no shot. Everyone knew that and that they had to step up."
Washington State hosts Oregon (8-12 overall, 0-9 Pac-10) Friday night, Oct. 26, in a 7:30 p.m. match that will be televised live on the FOX Sports Net Northwest cable network.
Oregon State (13-6, 6-4) 21 13 21 Washington State (11-8, 6-6) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 53 (Hankoff 16), OSU 33 (Schmidt 10). ASSISTS - WSU 46 (Surplus 37), OSU 32 (Collins 28). DIGS - WSU 56 (Surplus 15), OSU 45 (Neuburger 12). BLOCKS - WSU 5 (Boyle 4), OSU 2 (McMillian and Nelson 2 each). SERVICE ACES - WSU 9 (Hankoff 4), OSU 1 (Schmidt). Attendance - 931.
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