Cougars Eclipse Sun Devils In Three
Nov. 1, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The 17th ranked Washington State Cougars scored their first Pacific-10 Conference volleyball road win of the season by sweeping the 19th ranked Arizona State Sun Devils 30-20, 30-24, 30-28, Friday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Chelsie Schafer registered 14 kills and a season-high .423 hitting percentage to lead WSU. LaToya Harris scored a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs and Adrian Hankoff recorded 12 kills to add to the Cougars' cause. In addition, WSU out blocked ASU 11-9 and tallied nine service aces to ASU's one.
The win improved WSU to 16-6 overall and pulled its record to .500 in the conference at 6-6. Arizona State dropped to 10-6 overall and 6-5 in the Pac-10.
"I think our serving and our blocking is really what made a big difference tonight," said WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick. "We worked real hard on the blocking and it has been showing.
"Jumping out to early leads in each game really helped," Fredrick continued. "It was kind of a relaxed match the whole way through until the end of the third game."
The Cougars dominated throughout as they never trailed by more than one point in the entire match and that was only on three occasions.
WSU exerted control of the match early, scorching ASU 30-20 in the first game. After the teams traded the game's first four points the Cougars took control capturing seven of the next eight points to take a 9-3 advantage.
The Sun Devils won six of the next nine points to pull within 12-9 but WSU extended it lead by winning nine of the next 10 points. Included in that stretch was an 8-0 WSU run. The outburst gave the Cougars an 11-point lead at 22-11 and they rode that run to a 30-20 win in the first game.
ASU took a 2-1 lead (its first of the match) to open game two but the Cougars reeled off their second 8-0 run of the match to take a 9-2 lead. Included in the run were three consecutive service aces by Hankoff.
WSU would eventually stretch its advantage to double-digits at 19-9 but the Sun Devils would claw back and close to within six on three occasions and finally to five at 29-24. The hole proved too big for ASU to climb out of however as a LaToya Harris kill did exactly that to the Sun Devils' hopes as the Cougars' captured game two 30-24.
Game three was much tighter as it featured seven ties, the last being at 16. On two other occasions prior to the 16-16 tie WSU was able to take a three-point lead but was unable to stretch it any further. However, with the game hanging in the balance at 16, WSU captured six of the next seven points to take a 23-17 lead. ASU made it interesting down the stretch, pulling to within 29-28 but a Brenn Larson kill secured the win for WSU.
WSU concludes its road trip at Arizona, Saturday at 6 p.m. Pacific.
No. 17 Washington State (16-6, 6-6) 30 30 30 No. 19 Arizona State (10-6, 6-5) 20 24 28
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