Kansas State Sweeps Cougar Volleyball Team
Sept. 8, 2001
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Host Kansas State kept their tournament trophy for their own display case as the K-State volleyball team swept Washington State 30-27, 30-15, 30-21, to win the Wildcat Classic Volleyball Tournament Saturday night at Ahearn Field House on the Manhattan, Kansas, campus.
Tournament Most Valuable Player, 5-11 senior outside hitter Liz Wegner, led the Wildcats with 16 kills and hit .394. KSU all-tournament selections Lauren Goehring (five blocks) and Jenny Pollard (16 digs, three blocks) also contributed to the tournament title. Kansas State, ranked 22nd in the latest USA Today/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, moves to 4-2 on the season.
Washington State, now 5-2 and ranked 26th nationally, landed juniors Holly Harris and LaToya Harris on the all-tourney team. Adrian Hankoff led the Cougs with 11 kills, 14 digs, three aces and two blocks. Setter Kali Surplus had 30 assists and 14 digs.
WSU was held to a .013 hitting percentage and the Cougars were out-blocked by KSU 9 to 3.
'I'm very disappointed with the way we played tonight. We had way too many unforced errors,' WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'We had too many people hitting negative. We had too many people hitting the ball out of bounds. If there was a mistake to be made tonight, we found it. Overall, it was our poorest performance of the season but I think we'll have the ability to regroup and get things back together.'
A steady attack from the Wildcats kept the Cougars at arm's length most of the first game. Going into the home stretch, WSU was down 28-23 when Surplus scored on a setter's dump and then served an ace to bring the Cougs to within three. After a KSU time out, Lisa Mimick's kill put the Wildcats at game point. WSU stopped KSU twice, once when LaToya Harris and Victoria Prince combined for a block and then on a service ace from Zanda Bautre. Surplus' double hit gave KSU the 30-27 game win.
KSU used the momentum from its game one win to build an insurmountable lead for most of game two. The Wildcats extended their 24-15 lead to a 30-15 win behind the three kills of Pollard and a combination of hitting errors by WSU. The large crowd from Friday night's K-State match did not materialize Saturday night as most of the Wildcat fans stayed home to watch their football team play at USC in a televised contest.
With a third game lead of only two points at 15-13, Kansas State ran off nine unanswered points before a kill from WSU's Chelsie Schafer stopped the carnage. The Cougars battled back but could not mount a sufficient offense, tallying 14 kills and 14 hitting errors on 62 total attacks in this game. KSU won game three 30-21, and claimed the match victory.
In earlier tournament action, WSU defeated Arkansas 3-0, Kansas State defeated Houston 3-1, and Houston defeated Arkansas 3-2.
Washington State opens Pacific-10 Conference play Friday night, Sept. 14 in Pullman, when the Washington Huskies come to the Palouse for a 7 p.m. match.
Kansas State Wildcat Classic Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team:Jennifer Wittenburg, HoustonEftila Tanellari, ArkansasLa Toya Harris, Washington StateHolly Harris, Washington StateLauren Goehring, Kansas StateJenny Pollard, Kansas StateMVP - Liz Wegner, Kansas State
#22 Kansas State (3-2) 30 30 30#26 Washington State (5-1) 27 15 21STATISTICS:KILLS: Hankoff (WSU) 11, Wegner (KSU) 16.ASSISTS: Surplus (WSU) 30, Downey (KSU) 39.DIGS: Surplus, Hankoff, L. Harris (WSU) 14 each, Downey, Pollard (KSU) 16 each.BLOCKS: Hankoff, H. Harris (WSU) 2 each, Goehring (KSU) 5.SERVICE ACES: Hankoff (WSU) 3, Mimick (KSU) 3.Attendance: 525.