Volleyball Puts Up Big Block For Sweep Over Cal

Nov. 2, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State used a big front row defense to out-block California 17 to 2 and defeated the Golden Bears 15-9, 15-9, 15-3, Thursday night in Pac-10 action at Bohler Gym.

Washington State advances to 14-8 overall, 5-8 in Pac-10 contests. California is now 9-12 overall, 4-10 in Pac-10 action. Coming into match Thursday, WSU had a half-game lead over Cal for seventh place in the conference standings.

Cougar sophomore Holly Harris led the team with 11 kills, hitting .429, with 8 digs and 9 blocks. LaToya Harris also chipped in 11 kills for the Cougs, hitting .350, with 7 digs and 5 blocks. Converted outside hitter Melissa Boyle, showed her grasp of the middle blocker position with 8 blocks and 7 kills. WSU setter Kali Surplus had 35 assists and 5 blocks. Zanda Bautre contributed 3 aces and 8 kills. Washington State hit .337 for the match.

California was led by the 11 kills of Gabrielle Abernathy and the 10 kills and 10 digs of Alicia Perry. Cal hit .120 for the three-game match.

In game one, Washington State stretched an 11-8 lead into a 15-8 win when the officials reversed their call on Abernathy's hit going long and declared a touch on the Cougar side of the net. Even though the teams had already begun to change benches, the players were called back to the court and Cal served on the sideout. Perry didn't disappoint the Bears as she slammed a kill for point number nine. Bautre tagged a kill for the WSU sideout and setter Surplus dumped a ball to the Cal side for the 15-9 win. The Cougars out-blocked Cal 5 to 1 for the opening game win. Holly Harris had three block assists while Surplus had 13 assists and three blocks. Chelsie Schafer tagged six kills for the Cougs.

The Cougs hit .390 and racked up an impressive eight additional team blocks in their game two 15-9 win. LaToya Harris and Holly Harris each had six kills as WSU overcame an 8-4 deficit and rallied to end the game by scoring nine unanswered points. Abernathy added six kills for the Bears who hit only .137 in game two.

Cal scored the first three points of the third game but WSU put the brakes on the Bears. The Cougs steadily climbed to the 15-3 win which included Bautre serving the final four points and nailing two service aces.

Washington State hosts Stanford (14-9 overall, 7-7 Pac-10) Friday, Nov. 3. Stanford defeated Washington 10-15, 15-9, 15-10, 15-17, 15-11, in Seattle Thursday night.

Washington State (14-8, 5-8) def. California (9-12, 4-10) 15-9, 15-9, 15-3
KILLS: Abernathy (CAL) 11, H. Harris (WSU) 11, L. Harris (WSU) 11.
ASSISTS: Noonan (CAL) 20, McNamee (CAL) 19, Surplus (WSU) 35.
SERVICE ACES: Pardiwala, Turner, Grigsby (CAL) 1 each, Bautre (WSU) 3.
DIGS: Perry (CAL) 10, H. Harris (WSU) 8.
BLOCKS: Noonan, Pardiwala, Young, Diers (CAL) 1 each, H. Harris (WSU) 9.
Attendance: 844.

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