Volleyball Loses at #8 UCLA 3-2

Nov. 2, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Washington State Cougars fell to No. 8 UCLA 30-27, 25-30, 31-29, 28-30, 9-15, in Pacific-10 Conference volleyball action at Pauley Pavilion, Friday night, in spite of 23 kills and 22 digs from junior LaToya Harris.

The loss dropped the Cougars to 13-9 overall and 7-7 in the Pac-10. UCLA improved to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in the conference.

LaToya Harris' 23 kills tied her season-best performance but also gave her 1,001 career kills, the eighth Cougar in school history to reach that mark. Harris' 22 digs was a season high.

A total of four Cougs reach double-figure kills with Chelsie Schafer tagging 14, Holly Harris 12, and Adrian Hankoff 11. Kortney Jamtaas had 18 digs and Kali Surplus had 61 assists. WSU out-blocked UCLA 14.5 to 14 with Holly Harris blocking seven total and Melissa Boyle six.

UCLA, playing without the services of All-America outside hitter Kristee Porter for the fifth consecutive match, was led by the 24 kills and 21 digs of Ashley Bowles. Porter was declared ineligible Oct. 19, due to possible inadvertently accepting NCAA defined 'extra benefits.' Brynn Murphy was the only other Bruin in double-digits with 12 kills but contributed seven blocks. Cira Wright had six blocks and Bowles added five. Chrissie Zartman had 23 digs for UCLA.

WSU won the first game 30-27, and UCLA prevailed in the second game 30-25, and seemed well on its way to taking game three by jumping out to a 15-9 lead. The Cougars clawed back with five consecutive points to cut the deficit to 15-14. The run marked the first time WSU scored more than two straight points in the match since the five-point run which gave the Cougars their 11-4 advantage in the first game.

Out of its slump, WSU battled with UCLA for the advantage throughout the third game. Down 28-27, the Cougars scored four of the game's last five points on the strength of four LaToya Harris' kills to capture the third game 31-29.

In spite of a two-to-one game lead, WSU and UCLA went toe-to-toe again in the pivotal fourth game which saw 19 tie scores. Knotted at 27 points, UCLA scored three of the final four for the 30-28 win. The Cougs hit .157 while UCLA hit .151 in the not so pretty win.

The Cougars jumped out to a 4-1 lead to open the shortened rally-scoring fifth game, but the Bruins responded with six consecutive points of their own to take a 7-4 advantage. WSU did recover to get within one point twice, but on each occasion UCLA's Bowles turned back the Cougars. Ahead 9-8, UCLA's Bowles came to the rescue once more to put the Bruins up by two. The Cougars got the point right back with a Schafer kill to pull within one at 10-9. Once again, Bowles stopped the Cougars with another kill that began of run of five consecutive UCLA points to end the match.

WSU managed a mere .074 hitting percentage in game five compared to the Bruins' .320 mark. For the match, WSU hit .186 while UCLA posted a .228 percentage.

The Cougars return to the court Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at No. 5 USC, a 3-0 winner over Washington Friday night.

Washington State (13-9, 7-7) 30        25        31        28        9#8 UCLA (12-6, 7-4)          27        30        29        30        15STATISTICS:KILLS - UCLA 77 (Bowles 24), WSU 74 (L. Harris 23).ASSISTS - UCLA 74 (Selsor 60), WSU 67 (Surplus 61).DIGS - UCLA 92 (Zartman 23), WSU 83 (L. Harris 22).BLOCKS - UCLA 14 (Murphy 7), WSU 14.5 (H. Harris 7).SERVICE ACES - UCLA 6 (Bowles 3), WSU 6 (Hankoff 2).Attendance - 594.
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