Volleyball Knocks Off #7 UCLA

Nov. 16, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State volleyball tallied its sixth-consecutive Pacific-10 Conference victory with a 3-1 upset of 7th-ranked UCLA, Thursday night at Bohler Gym on the WSU campus. The winning WSU game scores were: 15-3, 5-15, 15-11, 16-14.

Washington State advances to 18-8 overall, 9-8 in Pac-10 Conference play after winning eight of its last ten league matches. UCLA is now 19-7 overall, 13-4 in conference play. UCLA was the fifth ranked team the Cougars have beaten this year. The last time WSU lost at home this season was Sept. 23 (vs. Arizona).

WSU's LaToya Harris led all players with 20 kills, adding 13 digs and 2 service aces. Holly Harris added 15 kills, 12 digs and six blocks. Kortney Jamtaas tallied 17 digs and a pair of aces while Chelsie Schafer had 13 kills, 11 digs and 2 aces. WSU hit .204 for the match.

Kristee Porter led UCLA with 19 kills and 16 blocks. Ashley Bowles added 16 kills and four blocks while Elisabeth Bachman chipped in 13 kills and six blocks. UCLA hit .174 for the match.

'Farokh (WSU assistant coach and husband of head coach Cindy Fredrick) said, 'I don't think we have to play great, I think we have to play good to beat these guys,'' Fredrick said. 'And that's what we did. If we can touch balls we'll be okay and when we finally got the players to wait on Kristee Porter, they were finally touching a lot of balls. Kortney played great defense, Holly played real good defense and LaToya had some awesome digs.'

WSU opened the first game with an 8-1 run and even when Bruin outside hitter Kristee Porter ended her 'violation of team rules' bench sit, UCLA only managed another two points. LaToya Harris tagged five kills and Zanda Bautre had four for the Cougs while Porter chipped in four for UCLA. The Bruins hit .000 for the game and had no blocks as WSU hit .237 and had three blocks.

The sleeping Bruins awoke in game two and grabbed their own 8-1 lead. WSU fought back behind the back-to-back kills from Holly Harris and a push to the back corner from Surplus to trail only by three, 8-5. But UCLA took revenge and reeled off the next seven points giving up only two sideouts to WSU. The Bruins even up the contest taking game two, 15-5. This time it was the Cougs struggling with a .028 hitting percentage and UCLA smacking a .375.

UCLA took the third game early lead behind the three service aces of Lauren Fendrick. WSU battled back to tie it up at four each and then again at eight-all. UCLA went ahead 10-8 on Lauren Fendrick's kill and Porter's block but after 11 sideouts, WSU came back and tagged three points for the 11-10 lead. A kill from Porter stopped the run, but only temporarily. The teams traded three pairs of sideouts when Fendrick hit one long and the Cougs were on the board again. Consecutive tips from LaToya Harris had WSU serving for game, 14-10, but Fendrick ended that play with a kill. LaToya Harris' missed hit gave UCLA 11 points before Fendrick tipped one into the net and the Cougars were serving for game point again. This time it was Bachman hitting into the net and WSU grabbed game three, 15-11.

WSU rode its two-game momentum into the fourth game, claimed an 8-1 lead and ran it up to 13-6. UCLA took a time out and then took control, getting the sideout and scoring three quick points to close the gap 13-9. Holly Harris' hit went long for UCLA's 10th point but a Bruin service error gave WSU control but not the ability to score. Three sideouts followed and then a kill by Ella Harley and an ace from Erika Selsor put UCLA down by one. The teams again traded pairs of sideouts when Fendrick's kill tied the game at 13. Melissa Boyle and Bachman traded kills and a double-hit from Surplus gave UCLA the 14-13 lead. Schafer tagged a kill, followed by Frendrick and then a attack error by Bowles. With Jamtaas serving, Holly Harris slammed a ball straight down the net and LaToya Harris followed with two kills and the 16-14 win.

'We know exactly what we are capable of and we want to go to the tournament,' LaToya Harris said. 'We do not want to wait and the 'oh, we'll be good next year' - we're ready right now and we know we can go to the tournament. So many upsets have happened this year so we knew what we were capable of doing.'

'Its out of our control,' WSU's Holly Harris said. 'We never had control of it. But we proved ourselves tonight that we should be in there and we are definitely in the top 64 teams in the nation.'

When asked about not only going to the NCAA Championship Tournament but also the chances of hosting the first and second rounds, Fredrick said, 'You look at the run this team has had. We've had six straight wins now. And there isn't a better facility to hold an NCAA tournament match, and Bohler Gym is a beautiful facility. It has all the rooms, a great environment, for us, and a great crowd and that's what you want for an NCAA tournament.'

Washington State wraps up the regular season Friday night with a 7 p.m. match against #3 USC (21-2, 14-2).

Washington State (18-8, 9-8) def. #7 UCLA (19-7, 13-4) 15-3, 5-15, 15-11, 16-14
STATISTICS:
KILLS: L. Harris (WSU) 20, Porter (UCLA) 19.
ASSISTS: Surplus (WSU) 48, Selsor (UCLA) 59.
SERVICE ACES: L. Harris (WSU) 2, Jamtaas (WSU) 2, Schafer (WSU) 2, Fendrick (UCLA) 3.
DIGS: Jamtaas (WSU) 17, Porter (UCLA) 16.
BLOCKS: H. Harris (WSU) 6, Bachman (UCLA) 6.
Attendance: 943.

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