No. 20 WSU Volleyball Takes No. 13 UCLA in Five Games
Oct. 25, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The 20th-ranked Washington State volleyball team won a grudge match against No. 13 UCLA Friday before 1,221 fans at Bohler Gym, 31-29, 31-29, 30-32, 27-30, 15-7.
WSU moves to 15-5 overall and 5-5 in 4-5 in Pac-10 action while UCLA is now 12-8 overall with an identical 5-5 conference mark and tied for fifth. In the first meeting, the Bruins prevailed 3-2 over the Cougars in Los Angeles.
Cougar senior Chelsie Schafer led the match with a season-high 24 kills (.365) while Victoria Prince had 11 blocks and 11 kills, both career-highs. Brenn Larson had 63 assists while libero Kortney Jamtaas had 25 digs. Washington State had a season-high 17.5 team blocks as Adrian Hankoff also reached a career-high of six blocks along with her 14 kills and 14 digs. LaToya Harris struggled but ended with 10 kills and digs and six blocks. Zanda Bautre subbed in for Harris and added eight kills (.444) in four games.
UCLA's Brittany Ringel and Lauren Fendrick each has 16 kills, and contributed 15 and 19 digs respectively. Fendrick also led the match with four service aces. Krystal McFarland had 60 assists, Angela Eckmier added seven blocks, and Chrissie Zartman had 28 digs.
'I think we did a good job of getting touches on everybody tonight,' Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'This took a whole team to beat UCLA tonight. Everybody went in and did their job.'
After battling in the first two games to identical 31-29 victories, Washington State could not hold a two-point lead late in the third game. Tied at 29, Heather Cullen's kill put UCLA at game point but Schafer answered and knotted it up again at 30. Brenn Murphy slammed home a kill for the Bruins and Ringel laced her 13 kill of the night to give UCLA a 32-30 win.
The Cougars watched a 24-18 lead in the fourth game evaporate as the Bruins put together a five-point run. Kills from LaToya Harris and Schafer put WSU up by two, 26-24. Cullen's kill and a blocking error by Bautre tied the game at 26. Cougar committed two hitting errors and Fendrick had one of her two aces to give UCLA the two-point advantage. Cullen scored the final kill and knotted the match at two wins each with the 30-27 game win for the visiting Bruins.
Washington State raced to a 6-0 lead in the fifth game and UCLA never got on track, just the opposite of the September match at Los Angeles where UCLA ran off seven straight points. This time the Cougars made the match momentum swing their way with a 15-7 game win and 3-2 match victory.
'This felt so good. I was so excited, the whole last game, because I knew we had them,' Schafer said. 'At six zero I was so pumped because I knew if all we did was side out, we'd still win. I think the team relaxed. The middles were driving hard, the setter was setting amazingly, she had a really good day, so I rarely had two up (blockers) on me and all I had to do was swing.'
'And Chelsie was swinging pretty hard tonight,' Fredrick said.
'This (fifth) game was stayed relaxed the whole time and we huddled together and took a deep breath, we all smiled big and said, 'come on, let's take this,'' Prince said.
'We wanted to win this time because we lost to them like this twice - this year and last year in LA,' Bautre said.
WSU takes on No. 1 USC Saturday night in Pullman. The Women of Troy won their 17th consecutive match of the season (10th Pac-10 win) Friday night at Washington. 3-1.
No. 20 Washington State (15-5, 5-5) 31 31 30 27 15No. 13 UCLA (12-8, 5-5) 29 29 32 30 7STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 76 (Schafer 24), UCLA 73 (Ringel 16)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .197, UCLA .121ASSISTS - WSU 71 (Larson 63), UCLA 72 (McFarland 60)DIGS - WSU 88 (Jamtaas 25), UCLA 108 (Zartman 28)BLOCKS - WSU 17.5 (Prince 11), UCLA 15.0 (Eckmier 7)SERVICE ACES - WSU 2 (Larson, Prince 1 each), UCLA 7 (Fendrick 4)Attendance: 1,221.