Volleyball Sweeps Rice 30-17, 34-32, 30-16
Nov. 23, 2001
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Washington State volleyball team had to scramble to win the second game but took a 30-17, 34-32, 30-16 win over Rice Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.
WSU junior Chelsie Schafer led all players with a season-high 17 kills, and added 10 digs. Melissa Boyle and LaToya Harris took care of the net with six blocks each and Harris contributed three service aces. Kortney Jamtaas was the match-leader with 16 digs. Setter Kali Surplus had a double-double with 43 assists and 14 digs. Zanda Bautre played only the last two games and had seven kills on 15 attacks with no errors (.467.)
Rice was led by the 16 kills from the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Rebeca Pazo. Rebekah Neal had 29 assists and 14 digs.
Washington State moves to 16-11 overall while Rice is now 16-9.
The Cougars used a nine-point run in the middle of the first game to out-distance the Owls. Schafer led five kills and Boyle had three blocks as WSU hit .308 and kept Rice to .098.
Rice jumped out to a six-zero lead and the Cougars had to battle back the entire game. WSU tied it up at 24 and the lead see-sawed until Rice scored twice for the 28-26 lead. Cougs countered with a pair of points. Catherine DuPont's kill put the Owls at game point but Bautre's slam knotted the game at 29. The same two put the 30th points up for their respective squads. Holly Harris' kill down the line was called out followed by Cook's wide shot for Rice, to tie the game at 31. Schafer slammed her seventh kill of the game to give WSU its first lead of the game. Leigh Leman's kill kept the Owls in the game but Holly Harris and Bautre scored offensively and sealed the Cougar win, 34-32.
WSU didn't waste time getting on top and staying on top in the third game, rolling to the 30-16 win by scoring the final six points. The Cougars hit .417 and held the Owls to a mere .029 hitting percentage in this final game.
"The first game we played well and won easily and the kids got a little bit lassez-faire (in the second game) but the good thing is we were able to pull that out," Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "I'm very pleased with the way Zanda came in and played and did a great job when Adrian was struggling with her passing. Adrian came back in the third in place of LaToya who wasn't hitting well. That's what I do like about this team it that people can come in and get some good things done."
Washington State completes the regular season in the Saturday 5 p.m. championship game of the UNLV Thanksgiving Day tournament, playing William and Mary, a 3-1 winner over UNLV.
Washington State (16-11) 30 34 30 Rice (16-9) 17 32 16 STATISTICS: KILLS - RU 36 (Pazo 16), WSU 55 (Schafer 17). ASSISTS - RU 29 (Neal 29), WSU 51 (Surplus 43). DIGS - RU 55 (Neal 14), WSU 72 (Jamtaas 16). BLOCKS - RU 4 (Pazo, Smith 3 each), WSU 9.5 (Boyle, L. Harris 6 each). SERVICE ACES - RU 2 (Neal, Pazo 1 each), WSU 6 (L. Harris 3). Attendance - 118.