WSU Volleyball Beats Beavers 3-1

Oct. 13, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- For the Washington State volleyball team, playing at home is just what they needed - even if it was on Friday the 13th. After being on the road for three weeks, WSU defeated Oregon State 3-1, Friday night before 1,030 fans at Bohler Gym on the WSU campus. The game scores were WSU winning 8-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-11.

Washington State moves to 11-6 overall, 2-6 in Pac-10 Conference play, while Oregon State is now 12-6 overall, 4-4 in conference play.

Washington State had four players with double-figure kills led by the career-high of 27 by Chelsie Schaefer who also tallied 13 digs and five blocks and hit .512. LaToya Harris had 21 kills and 16 digs, Melissa Boyle, playing middle blocker, had 17 kills (.432) and 8 blocks, and Zanda Bautre bettered her career-high with 18 kills (.485). Kali Surplus had 83 assists, 13 digs and three blocks and defensive specialist Kerry Lewis had a career-high 12 digs.

Oregon State's Gina Schmidt had a match-high 25 kills, adding 14 digs. Joscelyn Hannaford added 20 kills while Brandi Bonnarens had 82 assists, 11 digs and five blocks.

Oregon State out-scored WSU 13 to 2 to reach game point in the first game. The Cougars managed to stop the Beavers at 14-7 and an ace by Kerry Lewis put WSU at 8. WSU stopped OSU three more times at game point but Oregon State prevailed 15-8. WSU hit .051 while OSU hit .318 in game one.

Washington State transferred a 13- lead in game two into a 15-6 win, in spite of needing four chances serving for game point. LaToya Harris came alive with eight kills. WSU hit .383 while holding OSU to .208.

The Cougs carried the momentum into game three, leading from the get-go. WSU advanced from 10-6 to 14-7 but needed three attempts at game point. Kills from OSU's Angie Shirley and Schmidt stopped the first two tries but Schafer slammed a kill for the sideout and served up the third try. Bautre's tip ended a long rally for the 15-7 game win. WSU hit .338 while OSU hit .246.

Game four had many stretches with double-figure sideouts as WSU came from behind to tie it at eight. OSU went up 10-8 before Boyle's kill claimed the sideout and a hitting error by Hannaford gave WSU nine points. Lori Daedelow got the serve back for the Beavers but Boyle again came through at the net. The Cougs went on a five-point run. Again, WSU needed more than the first attempt at game point. But the third time was a charm with Schafer's bullet hitting the floor and WSU getting a much-needed Pac-10 win.

'It's really nice to see us play like this because we had a great week of practice. We knew we weren't playing the way we could play and we were disappointed in ourselves. For us to come out and play the way we did tonight, just shows a lot of good athletic mental abilities,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'We worked really hard to pull things together and do things right this week. The performance by Zanda was amazing and Chelsie and LaToya did a wonderful job of switching up and playing left side and right side and that threw people off. I have to give a lot of credit to Melissa Boyle since she played a great match, she's playing high above the net, taking care of the ball. Kerry Lewis had one of her best matches as well. We had a lot of kids out there playing their hearts out.'

Melissa Boyle said, 'I haven't played middle since junior high and this is definitely something different but I think this is great. I'm loving it. It's good to play with a good setter because all you have to do is jump and she'll put it right in your hands.'

Washington State hosts Oregon Saturday, Oct. 14, in a 7 p.m. match. Oregon is winless in Pac-10 matches at 0-8, 7-9 overall. Washington defeated the Ducks 3-1 in Seattle Friday night.

Washington State (11-6, 2-6) def. Oregon State (12-6, 4-4) 8-15, 15-6, 15-7, 15-11STATISTICS:
KILLS: Schmidt (OSU) 25, Hannaford (OSU) 20, Schafer (WSU) 27.
ASSISTS: Bonnarens (OSU) 82, Surplus (WSU) 83.
SERVICE ACES: Schmidt (OSU) 1, Neuburger 9OSU) 1, L. Harris (WSU) 2, Schafer (WSU) 2.
DIGS: Hannaford (OSU) 23, Bautre (WSU) 17.
BLOCKS: Bonnarens, Solomon, Hannaford, Shirley (OSU) 5 each, Boyle (WSU) 8.
Attendance: 1,030.

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