WSU Volleyball Knocks Off #17 Stanford 3-1
Nov. 3, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- For only the second time in school history and 31 attempts, Washington State defeated four-time national champion and eight-time Pacific-10 Conference champions Stanford Friday night before 1,831 fans at Bohler Gym. The game scores for WSU's fifth consecutive home match conference win were 15-7, 14-16, 16-14, 15-8.
Washington State moves to 15-8 overall, 6-8 in Pac-10 contests fir sixth place. Stanford, ranked 17th in the USA Today/AVCA Top 25 Poll, is now 14-10 overall, 7-8 in Pac-10 action and in fifth place. The only other time WSU defeated Stanford was a 3-1 match in Pullman when Sarah Silvernail led the Cougars to the 1996 upset win.
Chelsie Schafer led WSU's balanced attack with 24 kills and 17 digs. LaToya Harris added 18 kills, 13 digs and three service aces while Holly Harris and Zanda Bautre tallied 13 kills each. Melissa Boyle added six blocks while Kali Surplus had 63 assists.
Stanford was led by the match-high 26 kills and 16 digs of Olympian Logan Tom. Jennifer Detmer was the only other Cardinal in double-digit kills with 12 but led the was defensively with 11 blocks. Stanford, ranked sixth nationally in blocks, out-stopped the Cougs at the net 21 to 9. But Washington State, ranked 11th nationally in kills per game, out-hit Stanford .206 to .150.
'I can't compare the two Stanford wins,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'I showed the kids all the pictures I had of the last win and handed them around the locker room and told them, 'It's time to make your own memories now.''
WSU came off the bench for the first game like a team possessed, hitting .333 and holding Stanford to a mere .085 hitting percentage. The Cougars scored nine unanswered points for a 14-6 lead before the Cardinal stopped WSU at the first game point serve. Stanford tallied a kill but WSU took the serve back and a hitting error by Stanford's Michelle Chambers sealed the 15-7 win for the Cougs.
Game two saw WSU have a run of six consecutive points for a 10-5 lead. The Cougs stretched the lead to 12-6 only to have the Cardinal roar back with six unanswered points of their own and knot the game. Boyle scored a kill for the sideout and a hitting error by Tom put WSU at 13. After a Stanford timeout, Schafer's kill put WSU serving for the game. Sara McGee blocked LaToya Harris and back-to-back kills from Tom tied the game at 14. An ace by setter Lindsay Kagawa gave Stanford the 15-14 advantage and a kill from Sara Dukes sewed up the 16-14 win. The Cougs hit only .074 while Stanford hit .152.
For once, it was the Cougars' turn to stop a team serving for game. In game three, Stanford was up 14-11 when a Schafer kill gave WSU the serve and consecutive kills from Holly Harris closed the gap to just one point. A kill from LaToya Harris knotted the game and Schafer came off the Stanford timeout with a smashing drive for the 15-14 lead. The Cougars recovered from a LaToya Harris attack error with back-to-back kills from Schafer for the come-from-behind 16-14 WSU win.
WSU capitalized on the momentum swing and played off the crowd, fresh from the Cougar soccer team's upset win over #2 Washington (1-0, 2OT). Game four was a contest until the Cougs tied it up at six. Outscoring the Cardinal 8 to 2, Washington State closed out the game, 15-8, and the match, 3-1, before the largest crowd this season in the remodeled Bohler Gym.
'We really played well as a team and when somebody struggled, somebody else stepped in and picked up,' WSU's sophomore outside hitter Chelsie Schafer said. 'We played off the crowd too. Our fans are so knowledgeable about volleyball that they can really pick us up too.'
Washington State travels to Oregon Friday, Nov. 8, and Oregon State Saturday, Nov. 9.
Washington State (15-8, 6-8) def. #17 Stanford (14-10, 7-8) 15-7, 14-16, 16-14, 15-8
KILLS: Tom (STAN) 26, Schafer (WSU) 24.
ASSISTS: Kagawa (STAN) 48, Surplus (WSU) 63.
SERVICE ACES: Kagawa (STAN) 2, L. Harris (WSU) 3.
DIGS: Tom (STAN) 16, Schafer (WSU) 17.
BLOCKS: Detmer (STAN) 11, Boyle (WSU) 6.