20th-Ranked Volleyball Sweeps Oregon State for 10th Win in Row
Sept. 20, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball team won its 10th consecutive match with a three-game sweep of Oregon State (30-24, 30-27, 30-21) in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for the Cougars before 1,872 fans at Bohler Gym.
Washington State is now 10-0 overall and has a 1-0 record in Pac-10 play. Oregon State drops to 5-5, 0-2 in conference action. The Cougars have now won a school record 29 consecutive games and taken the last 30 out of 31 games played.
Cougar senior LaToya Harris led all players with 14 kills (.387) and contributed 10 digs. Fellow WSU seniors Holly Harris (11), Chelsie Schafer (11) and Adrian Hankoff (10) also reached double-figure kills in the three-game match. Libero Kortney Jamtaas dug up 10 balls and freshman setter Brenn Larson had 43 assists. Sophomore middle blocker Victoria Prince jump-served five of the Cougars' seven aces, and had four blocks. Holly Harris also stopped four at the net.
Oregon State was led by the 10 kills from both Megan McMillan and Katrina Nelson (.471). Libero Nikki Neuburger was the only Beaver in double-digit digs with 11.
Washington State started with a torrid .450 hitting percentage in the first game, but OSU opened with a .361. The Cougars ended at .250 for the night while the Beavs fell to .167.
'I think Oregon State really misses Gina Schmidt (2001 honorable mention All-Pac-10 outside hitter),' Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'Their outsides are a little bit smaller now and I think that is the biggest difference from last year (when Oregon State played in the first round of the NCAAs).
'I think we have a real good team and I think we need to play up to that level all the time and need to practice at that level all the time. The hour we practiced before the match, we practiced awesome so I quit after 45 minutes, on a positive note. Tonight we played really well with great balance and did exactly what we needed to do.
'I think nerves were on edge for our freshmen (seeing the home court crowd). When that student body is there, it makes it so fun and a lot of Pullman folks were out tonight too. And that's what we want to see, a great crowd.'
WSU's Friday night crowd was the highest attendance since the Nov. 3, 2000, Cougar win over #17 Stanford.
'The really good pre-practice before the match gave everybody high energy,' Holly Harris said. 'We knew they were going to come out really intense and so we tried to match that in our pre-practice and a strong beginning. And hopefully keep it going throughout tomorrow, the next week and the week after.'
Schafer said, 'The last game was probably more how we can play. The first game was a little bit off, my passing was completely off. We settled down in the second game and had a little bit more fun in the third game. I think we can do better and dominate more than (tonight).
Washington State plays Oregon (9-4, 0-1) Saturday night in a 7 p.m. match at Bohler Gym. Washington defeated the Ducks 30-19, 30-27, 30-21, Friday night in Seattle.
#20 Washington State (10-0, 1-0) 30 30 30Oregon State (5-5, 0-2) 24 27 21STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 54 (L. Harris 14), OSU 42 (McMillan, Nelson 10 each)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .250, OSU .167ASSISTS - WSU 46 (Larson 43), OSU 40 (Collins 37)DIGS - WSU 45 (Jamtaas, L. Harris 10each), OSU 49 (Neuburger 11)BLOCKS - WSU 8 (H. Harris, Prince 4 each), OSU 6 (four with 2 each)SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (Prince 5), OSU 1 (Dela Cruz 1)Attendance: 1,872.