Volleyball Loses Five-Game Marathon To Sun Devils

Oct. 20, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz -- Behind a school record 39 kills from Amanda Burbridge, Arizona State rallied past Washington State to post a 22-20, 13-15, 5-15, 15-8, 15-6 Pacific-10 volleyball win Friday night.

Burbridge added a career-high 28 digs for the Sun Devils (13-7, 5-5 Pac-10) who snapped the Cougars (12-7), 3-7 Pac-10) two-match winning streak.

Michelle Mortensen staked Arizona State to a 4-0 lead in the rally-scoring game five with a kill and two block assists.

Melissa Boyle recorded a pair of kills for the Cougars sandwiched around a Burbridge kill to make it 5-2 before a pair of kills by ASU's Jami Coughlin made it 7-2. WSU never got closer than four points the rest of the way and the Sun Devils closed out the match on a block assist by Burbridge and Mortensen.

'I think you create your momentum and Arizona State created their momentum and we let them have it,' WSU head coach Cindy Fredrick said.

The Cougars lost a heartbreaker in game one and then captured the next two games to take a 2-1 lead.

In the opening game, the Cougars trailed 7-1 before scoring six straight points to tie the game at 7-7. Three Sun Devils attack errors fueled the rally and Zanda Bautre, who finished with a career-high 20 kills, hit a cross court winner to pull WSU even.

ASU pulled ahead 12-7, but again WSU responded with six straight points to take a 13-12 lead. LaToya Harris, who tied a career high with 24 kills and added 23 digs, recorded two kills during the rally and another Bautre cutter put the Cougs on top.

From there, the game see-sawed with ASU missing four chances to close out the game and WSU failing on six opportunities. Finally, Mortensen, who had a team-high blocks, and Kim Mehlhorn combined for a block to close out the game, 22-20.

'If we would have won game one, we could have closed out the match and we let things slip away,' Fredrick said. 'We sit back and think it (winning) is going to happen. We wait for the other team to make a mistake. Until this team learns to take things into their own hands, we're going to have trouble.'

In game two, the Cougars trailed 9-5, but again rallied to take a 10-9 lead. Adrian Hankoff, Holly Harris and LaToya Harris each contributed kills during the surge.

Holly Harris finished with a double-double, recording 15 kills and 14 digs while Hankoff registered nine kills and 10 digs off the bench.

The game was tied at 11-11 when WSU tallied three points on an ASU hitting error and kills by Bautre and LaToya Harris. The Sun Devils closed to within 14-13, but a LaToya Harris kill closed out the game.

The Cougars stormed to a 15-5 win in game three by hitting .254. With the score knotted at 4-all, WSU reeled off seven straight points behind three kills from Bautre and a kill and a block by Melissa Boyle. Boyle finished with 16 kills and just missed a double-double, recording a match-high nine blocks.

Arizona State fell behind 3-1 in game four, then tallied seven consecutive points to take an 8-3 lead and the momentum of the match. Burbridge was the catalyst in the rally with three kills.

The lead swelled to 13-5 before a block solo and a kill from Holly Harris and a Kortney Jamtaas kill from the back row brought the Cougars with 13-8.

However, the Sun Devils finished the game with a service ace from Burbridge and a kill by Coughlin.

Washington State travels to Tucson for a match against fifth-ranked Arizona, Saturday.

Arizona State (13-7, 5-5) def. Washington State (12-7, 3-7) 
Game Scores: ASU wins 22-20, 13-15, 5-15, 15-8, 15-6

KILLS: L. Harris (WSU) 24, Burbridge (ASU) 39.
ASSISTS: Surplus (WSU) 68, Anglin (ASU) 84.
SERVICE ACES: Baurtre (WSU) 1, Hubbard (ASU) 3.
DIGS: L. Harris (WSU) 23, Burbridge (ASU) 28.
BLOCKS: Boyle (WSU) 9, Mortensen (ASU) 8.

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