#4 Arizona Takes Cougar Volleyball in Three
Nov. 10, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State volleyball team ended its regular home season with a 30-24, 30-26, 30-27 loss to #4 Arizona Saturday night before 1,089 fans at Bohler Gym.
Arizona's Lisa Rutledge and Jill Talbot had 24 of the Wildcats' 56 kills with Talbot adding a match-high 16 digs. Dana Burkholder had 42 assists with nine kills. Arizona hit .347 for the night and kept WSU to a miserly .148.
Arizona moves to 18-3 overall, 13-3 and in third place in the Pac-10 standings. The Cougars are now 14-11 overall and 8-9 and in sixth place in the conference.
"We didn't have an answer for Arizona tonight," Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "Too many hitting errors. We are not hitting the ball in the court and when you don't do that, you're not going to win. We had our best hitting percentage in the third game (.283), and when you hit two games at .067 and .098, that's not very good hitting. Just too many balls out of bounds.
"Our serving is what kept us in the match and we kept them out of their offense. And Arizona kept us in the game with nine service errors which I think we have to credit the crowd for those. The only blocks we had were Holly's three solo blocks. We didn't follow our game plan. We had a lot of good opportunities but we let them go."
WSU closed a six point deficit to three late in the opening game. UA's Stefani Saragosa and Jill Talbot nailed four kills down the stretch as WSU gave up two points on hitting and service errors. Arizona took game one 30-24.
The second game saw the Cougars playing more aggressively and WSU took the lead at 23-21. But Arizona scored the next six consecutive points, with three Cougar hitting errors sandwiched between Shannon Torregrosa kills. The teams traded points from Arizona's 27-23 lead to the final score of 30-26.
WSU was ahead 25-24 in game three before the Wildcats strung together four straight points. After a WSU time out, Holly Harris pushed a kill to the back left corner but Rutledge countered with a kill for the 29th point. Melissa Boyle stopped Arizona at game point with her own back corner kill before Stefani Saragosa nailed the floor for the 30-27 win.
"Tonight was disappointing. I hoped to have at least given them a better fight than we did and at least taken a game off of them," Chelsie Schafer said.
"When we are that close in a game and make 27 errors, that really sucks," Kali Surplus said. Surplus was one of three seniors honored prior to the match. Washington State travels to Seattle next week to wrap up Pac-10 play. The WSU-Washington match, Friday, Nov. 16, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson, and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net Northwest.
#4 Arizona (18-3, 13-3) 30 30 30 Washington State (14-11, 8-9) 24 26 27 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 48 (Schafer 12), UA 56 (Rutledge 12, Talbot 12). ASSISTS - WSU 43 (Surplus 33), UA 56 (Burkholder 42). DIGS - WSU 49 (Surplus 10), UA 59 (Talbot 16). BLOCKS - WSU 3 (H. Harris 3), UA 8 (Sebbas 5). SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Hankoff 2), UA 0. Attendance - 1,089.
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