#17 UCLA Volleyball Comes Back to Upset #18 WSU, 3-2
Sept. 28, 2002
WESTWOOD, Calif. -- An outstanding defensive effort by the 17th-ranked UCLA volleyball team handed Washington State University a 25-30, 26-30, 30-25, 30-26, 15-12 loss Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Washington State drops its second match of the weekend and is now 11-2 overall, 2-2 in Pac-10 Conference play. UCLA improves to 9-5 overall, 2-2 in conference action.
UCLA's Brittany Ringel led the winning effort with 17 kills as six Bruins hit in double-digits. Cira Wright had six blocks while libero Chrissie Zartman had a match-high 27 digs.
WSU's Adrian Hankoff led all players with 21 kills and added 25 digs. LaToya Harris had 20 kills and 12 digs. Cougar middles Holly Harris and Victoria Prince had six blocks each as WSU out-blocked the Bruins 13 to 12.
Washington State broke open a first game 14-all tie with the Bruins by out-scoring the home team six to two. The Cougars extended the 20-16 lead to 27-21 when UCLA called a timeout. WSU gave up a point but grabbed two more to arrive at game point. UCLA denied WSU the game three times before a big kill from LaToya Harris nailed the 30-25 Cougar win. Harris had six kills (.417) as did Hankoff (.667) as the Cougs hit .349 and held UCLA to .200.
WSU ran up a 10-3 lead to start the second game but not without many long rallies along the way. The Bruins fought back to tie the game at 24 points. Kills from LaToya Harris and Larson started the Cougars on a six - two run to take the 30-26 win.
The momentum was in UCLA's side of the court for game three. The Bruins took the lead and maintained a six-point cushion until a four-point run put them at game point, 29-21. Kills from Prince and LaToya Harris forced UCLA to take a timeout and the Cougars came out and grabbed another two. Ringel put down the final kill and put the Bruins back in match contention with a 30-25 game win. Both teams played more defense than offense as both had five team blocks in this game while hitting .155 (UCLA) and .116 (WSU).
Down 21-16 in the fourth game, Washington State roared back behind the front line blocking of Holly Harris, Larson and Zanda Bautre. The Cougs scored six consecutive points to take a 23-22 lead. A furious effort by the Bruins and hitting errors by the Cougars found UCLA out-scoring WSU eight to three to tie up the match with a 30-26 game win.
In the fifth game, WSU had to play catch-up as UCLA took a seven-three lead. The Cougars' failed to produce offensively in this final game and could not put two consecutive points on the board after their fifth point.
Washington State has a short week to prepare for hosting #15 Arizona (6-5, 1-2) Thursday night and Arizona State (6-2, 2-1) Friday night in Pullman
#17 UCLA (9-5, 2-2) 25 26 30 30 15#18 Washington State (11-2, 2-2) 30 30 25 26 12STATISTICS:KILLS - UCLA 82 (Ringel 17), WSU 75 (Hankoff 21)HITTING PERCENTAGE - UCLA .216, WSU .226ASSISTS - UCLA 78 (McFarland 36, Jorgensborg 35), WSU 71 (Larson 64)DIGS - UCLA 90 (Zartman 27), WSU 98 (Hankoff 25)BLOCKS - UCLA 12 (Wright 6), WSU 13 (Prince, H. Harris 6 each)SERVICE ACES - UCLA 3 (Jorgensborg 2), WSU 2 (Hankoff, Prince 1 each)Attendance: 946.