Volleyball Plucks Ducks in Three
Oct. 26, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State volleyball completed a sweep of the Oregon schools with a 30-18, 30-23, 30-21, win over Oregon Friday night before 1,379 fans at Bohler Gym and a regional television audience.
WSU moves to 12-8 overall, 7-6 in Pac-10 play, while Oregon dropped to 8-13 overall, 0-10 in conference action. The Cougars defeated Oregon State Thursday night but the Beavers came back to beat Washington Friday night in Seattle, 3-2. With Arizona's 3-0 win over UCLA, the Bruins drop to 6-4, behind fourth place OSU (7-4) and just ahead of sixth place WSU. The postponed matches from September have caused a disparity in the Pac-10 standings since the LA schools have only played 10 matches, two to three behind the rest of the conference members.
In the Cougars win over the Ducks, junior Holly Harris set a school match record with 10 kills on 11 attacks with no errors for a .909 hitting percentage. Harris, the only player in the match with double-figure kills, also had three blocks. The previous WSU match hitting percentage record of 9 kills and no errors in 10 attacks (.900) was set in 1989 by Beth Welch in the Houston Tournament playing Texas A&M.
WSU senior setter Kali Surplus just missed a triple double with nine kills (.667), 35 assists and 12 digs. Melissa Boyle, who sang the national anthem prior to the game with Cougar football players Tupo Tuupo, Tai Tupai, and Junior Tupai, led the Cougars with five blocks.
Oregon's Monique Tobbagi led the Ducks with nine kills and 13 digs. Stephanie Martin had seven blocks and eight kills.
WSU hit .298 to Oregon's .142, but the Ducks nudged the Cougs in blocking 9.5 to 9.
'The crowd was really into it tonight and it was a lot of fun,' Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'We didn't play the prettiest volleyball. It was fun to not be uptight and that doesn't happen very often in this conference.'
On her school record, Holly Harris added, 'Through the first game, I was batting one for one since Kali went crazy and just started taking over the game and I told her to keep doing it. Everytime she dumped it, I was, 'girl, keep doing it.' Then I just took advantage of the ones I got. Just doing the job actually.'
Fredrick added, 'Holly had some good down the line hits and some good cross court hits and that's what we need to be able to do. Kali's sets provided that.'
Washington State hosts Idaho Tuesday night, Oct. 30, in a 7 p.m. match that was originally scheduled for Oct. 9. The Cougars play at #6 UCLA and #3 USC next weekend.
Oregon (8-13, 0-10) 18 23 21Washington State (12-8, 7-6) 30 30 30STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 52 (Harris 10), UO 38 (Tobbagi 9).ASSISTS - WSU 49 (Surplus 35), UO 34 (Chute 30).DIGS - WSU 48 (Surplus 12), UO 38 (Tobbagi 13).BLOCKS - WSU 9 (Boyle 5), UO 9.5 (Martin 7).SERVICE ACES - WSU 9 (Jamtaas, Bautre, L. Harris 2 each), UO 1 (Murphy).Attendance - 1,379.