Volleyball Outlasts Cal for 3-1 Win

Oct. 19, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Washington State Cougar volleyball team grabbed a 30-22, 27-30, 30-27, 30-23 win over a tough California Friday night at Haas Pavilion.

WSU moves to 10-7 overall, 5-5 in Pacific-10 Conference play while California suffered its sixth consecutive loss and fell to 5-11 overall, 1-8 in league action.

The Cougars were led by the 16 kills of LaToya Harris with Adrian Hankoff and Holly Harris adding 12 kills each. Zanda Bautre led all players with 17 digs while Kali Surplus had 47 assists. Melissa Boyle blocked six with Holly Harris stopping five at the net. Down the stretch, LaToya Harris' five service aces was a deciding factor as the Cougs had 11 total.

California's Croatian sensation, 6-3 freshman Mia Jerkov, led all players with 20 kills while digging 14. Camille Leffall had six blocks and nine kills, hitting .615. Reena Pardiwala added nine kills and five blocks.

Down 11-7 in game one, the Cougars went on a 13-2 run to take the commanding lead, 20-13. California could only put together one three-point string near the end of the game. Jerkov had five kills in the opening game but the Bears hit a mere .027 with 12 kills and 11 errors in 37 attacks. WSU hit only .186, led by the four kills from each Bautre and Hankoff.

Cal took an early lead in the second game but WSU knotted it up at 12 and took a two point lead. The Cougars extended their lead to 25-21 when Hankoff and Jamtaas committed back-to-back hitting errors and Cal's Leah Young grabbed two kills to tie it up at 25 points. Surplus' double-hit put the Bears on top 26-25. LaToya Harris answered with a back-row sneak attack for the 26-all tie but was countered by Young's slam for the lead. On the next play, Young teamed with Camille Leffall to block Bautre for Cal's 28th point. LaToya Harris' kill put WSU within a point but Leffall and Young tagged the final two points for the 30-27 Cal win.

WSU started game three with a 16-10 lead and extended it to 23-16. But the Bears did not concede, out-scoring the Cougs 11 to 3 to take a 27-26 lead. Astrid Gonzalez served into the net to bring WSU to 27 points. LaToya Harris rose above the crowd to nail a kill on Cal's back line, forcing the Bears to take a timeout. Jerkov's next attack landed a foot beyond the WSU end line and her next swing was blocked solidly by Boyle at the net. Cougars overcome the Cal comeback and Jerkov's eight kills to win 30-27.

The Cougars had a five point lead at 22-17 only to see it erode as the home-court Bears went on a six to three run. Hankoff's cross court slam was followed Jamtaas' back row kill to put WSU up 27-23. Cal's time out did not cool the Cougs as Hankoff hit a wide open middle court, Surplus slammed a kill, and Hankoff's ace ended the game, 30-23 and game WSU a .500 record in Pac-10 play.

Washington State takes on #4 Stanford (14-2, 7-1), Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Washington State (10-7, 5-5)	30	27	30	30California (5-11, 1-8) 	         22	30	27	23

STATISTICS:

KILLS - Cal 54 (Jerkov 20), WSU 62 (L. Harris 16).ASSISTS - Cal 46 (McNamee 41), WSU 54 (Surplus 47).DIGS - Cal 64 (Jerkov 14), WSU 64 (Bautre 17).BLOCKS - Cal 11 (Leffall 6), WSU 11 (Boyle 6).SERVICE ACES - Cal 5 (Jerkov 3), WSU 11 (L. Harris 5).Attendance - 328.
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