Vandals Vanish as WSU Volleyball Wins in Three
Oct. 30, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State volleyball has won six of its last eight matches including a 30-16, 30-19, 30-26, win over Idaho Tuesday night at Bohler Gym.
WSU moves to 13-8 overall while Idaho drops to 7-13.
Adrian Hankoff led the Cougars with a match-high 19 kills and hit .471. Hankoff and Melissa Boyle gathered five blocks each. Kortney Jamtaas had 10 digs while Kali Surplus picked up 39 assists. Zanda Bautre had nine kills and hit .533 while Surplus added seven kills and hit .429. Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick chose not to start LaToya Harris and Holly Harris in the non-conference contest because they missed a scheduled appointment. Neither Harris came off the bench during the three games.
Idaho was led by the eight kills of Laura McCaffrey. Jackie Gallagher picked up 13 digs and Anna-Marie Hammond and Sarah Meek tallied three blocks each. Setter Jenny Neville had 25 assists.
WSU out-hit the Vandals .317 to .025, and out-blocked Idaho 10.5 to 7.5.
"It was fun for our kids because everybody got in and got to play, and the first two games we played real well," Fredrick said. "I was glad to have Victoria (Prince) in there, as a freshman I want to see her get some playing time. What can you say about Adrian and Zanda? Man-oh-man. Adrian was like the Midas touch when she got out there. Zanda just quietly gets it done all the time. Our goal was to keep down the errors and for the most part we did. Kali was very offensive with her setting too."
The Cougars extended a 20-10 lead in the first game to a 30-16 win, hitting .429 and holding the visiting Vandals to a -.032 hitting percentage. Hankoff had six of her kills in this game, making only one error in 10 attacks.
In the second game, WSU was up 22-10, but Idaho didn't allow the Cougars to run off any more than two points at a time. With the Cougars up 28-14, the Vandals made a four-point run, with a block from Meek, a kill from McCaffrey and two hitting errors from the Cougs. Chelsie Schafer stepped up with the 29th point but Jamtaas served into the net, delaying game point. On Idaho's serve, Gallagher's shot went long and WSU took the 30-19 win.
Coming out of the break, Idaho played a much tighter game, leading WSU 6-2 to start game three. From there it was toe-to-toe, with the Vandals up 21-19. The game see-sawed with ties at every point from 22-on. Back-to-back kills from Prince and Bautre put WSU up 27-25, when Idaho called a timeout. Two Idaho hitting errors put WSU at game point but Megan Ogden slammed home a kill for Idaho's final point. Cougar setter Surplus arched a back dump to end the match with a WSU 30-26 win.
"We came out and got the job done," Hankoff said. "We didn't mess around, we got the job done. There is a rivalry (with Idaho), but not as much because they are out of our conference. We are definitely clicking as a team right now."
"The third game was kind of ugly," Bautre said. "But all that matters is that we won."
Washington State travels to Los Angeles this weekend to take on #8 UCLA and #5 USC.
Idaho (7-13) 19 16 26 Washington State (13-8) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 55 (Hankoff 19), UI 30 (McCaffrey 8). ASSISTS - WSU 49 (Surplus 39), UI 27 (Neville 25). DIGS - WSU 51 (Jamtaas 10), UI 44 (Gallagher 12). BLOCKS - WSU 10.5 (Boyle, Hankoff 5 each), UI 7.5 (Meek, Hammond 3 each). SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Bautre, Surplus, Schafer), UI 2 (DeBello, Kniss). Attendance - 806.
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