No. 19 WSU Defeats No. 17 Arizona, 3-2, in Pac-10 Volleyball
Oct. 3, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University battled back against a tenacious Arizona volleyball team for a 3-2 win Thursday night before 1,023 fans at Bohler Gym.
The game scores were 28-30, 30-22, 24-30, 30-26, 15-11, as 19th-ranked Washington State defeated the 17th-ranked Wildcats for the first time since 1997. Washington State moves to 12-2 overall, 3-2 in Pac-10 action. Arizona, a final four team last season, suffered its third consecutive loss and drops to 6-6 overall, 1-3 in conference play.
For the Cougars, freshman Ance Auzina (on-saw OW-zeen-ah) came off the bench in the fourth game to replace two-time All-Pac-10 LaToya Harris and provided a spark and 16 kills with one error for a .653 hitting percentage. WSU senior Holly Harris had 17 kills (.467) and four blocks. Freshman setter Brenn Larson had 60 assists, a team-leading 15 digs and five blocks. Sophomore Victoria Prince led all players with six blocks as Chelsie Schafer had 10 kills and nailed three aces. LaToya Harris had six kills and eight digs in three games.
Arizona freshman Kim Glass (30) and senior Lisa Rutledge (27) combined for 57 of the Wildcats' 75 kills. Rutledge had a match-high 18 digs and served three aces while Bre Ladd led the team with five blocks.
The fourth game was the turning point for the Cougars as Arizona was up two games to one. WSU had a four-point lead at 23-19 but UA came within one at 25-24. A service error by Glass and attack error by Rutledge put the Cougs back up by three. Shannon Torregrosa's kill kept the Wildcats in the match. Auzina landed a kill, committed an error and landed another kill to put WSU at game point, 29-26. Rutledge's hit into the net was the final point for a Cougar win and that momentum carried into the fifth game. Washington State hit an outstanding .515 in the fourth game while Arizona hit .412.
Team hitting in the fifth game was .556 for the Cougs and .294 for the Wildcats.
'Ance was the 'aunser'' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said with a play on the Latvian's first name. 'Having a left-hander come in, threw Arizona off a lot. You don't see us pull LaToya off the court too often but it just was not LaToya's night.'
'We had to quit being intimidated,' Fredric said. 'When you're looking at Kim Glass hitting the ball straight down it's a little bit intimidating but we decided we were going to let her do that. We weren't going to let that throw us off. And we decided we needed to run our middles more. Holly did a great job of getting out to the middle and Victoria did a good job of hitting out of the middle. That is what took a lot of pressure off our outside hitters because in the beginning our outside hitters were getting smothered.'
'During a timeout we said to ourselves, 'Kim Glass is legit and she's a really good player but we have played against really good players - Logan Tom, Kristie Porter'' Holly Harris said. 'If we can counter everyone else on the team and let Kim Glass have some really amazing kills and not get bothered by it, we can dig everyone else and score and not let her get to us.'Friday night Washington State hosts No. 24 Arizona State (7-2, 3-1), a 3-2 winner over Washington (10-4, 2-3), Thursday.
#19 Washington State (12-2, 3-2) 28 30 24 30 15#17 Arizona (6-6, 1-3) 30 22 30 26 11STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 72 (H. Harris 17), UA 75 (Glass 30)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .275, Arizona .269ASSISTS - WSU 67 (Larson 60), UA 72 (Gardner 66)DIGS - WSU 56 (Larson 15), UA 72 (Rutledge 18)BLOCKS - WSU 10 (Prince 6), UA 12.5 (Ladd 5)SERVICE ACES - WSU 8 (Schafer 3), UA 7 (Rutledge 3)Attendance: 1,023.
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