Volleyball Reaches 20th Win of 2002 Season
Nov. 21, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. -- The No. 13 Washington State University volleyball team took a quick 30-27, 30-23, 30-18, win over the Oregon Ducks Thursday night before fans at McArthur Court in Eugene.
This is the seventh time in Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick's 14 years at WSU that the Cougars have reached 20 wins in a season. It also marked the sixth time Fredrick's Cougars have reached 10 or more Pac-10 wins.
With the victory, Washington State moved to 20-7 overall, 10-7 in Pac-10 Conference play while Oregon falls to 11-20 overall, 1-6 in league action.
Chelsie Schafer led the team with 13 kills (.462), and had 10 digs, one ace and three blocks on the night. Adrian Hankoff tallied 11 kills while Kortney Jamtaas had 14 digs. . Victoria Prince added three blocks and Brenn Larson had 39 assists.
Oregon was led by the 13 kills of Dariam Acevedo. Lauren Westendorf added 14 digs.
WSU ended hitting .303 on the night while Oregon hit .137, and the Cougars out-blocked the Ducks six to three.
The Cougars rattled off six consecutive points behind the serving of Victoria Prince to take a 15-11 early lead. But the Ducks took the next four of five points so Chelsie Schafer served tough and WSU rolled off another six for a 22-15 lead. Lindsay Closs went on a tear and scored three of her five kills for the game and Oregon stayed in contention, behind 23-20. WSU upped its lead to 28-23 before giving away three points to the home court Ducks. Holly Harris' kill put the Cougs at game point but LaToya Harris served into the net. Schafer slammed home the final point of the WSU 30-27 win.
Once again WSU had a significant run in the middle of a tight game - this one for seven points behind LaToya Harris' serving - to take a 20-14 lead. While the Ducks hustled to stay in striking range, the Cougars' out-scored the hosts 10 to 9 for the 30-23 second game win. Ance Auzina came off the bench to spell Cougar kills leader Schafer and tagged two kills out of three attacks herself. WSU hit a paltry .182 in this game but held Oregon to .111.
Cougars ran off a 20-7 lead before the Ducks laced five consecutive points but WSU's defense kept Oregon on its heels. Scoring the final five points of the game, the Cougars claimed a 30-18 game win and the 24th straight win over Oregon. WSU hit .531 in the third game.
'Our biggest fear was that we would have a let down after three great wins,' Fredrick said. 'Our biggest concern was to stay focused and we came out a little less than inspired. What we did was get it done. I think our players expended as little energy as possible tonight but managed to get it done. Our serving was great and that is what really kept us in the match.'
WSU heads to Corvallis for the Friday night and end of the season match against Oregon State.
Oregon (11-20, 1-16) 27 23 18No. 13 Washington State (20-7, 10-7) 30 30 30STATISTICS:KILLS - ORE 40 (Acevedo 13), WSU 49 (Schafer 13)HITTING PERCENTAGE - ORE .137, WSU .303ASSISTS - ORE 37 (Bell 23), WSU 41 (Larson 39)DIGS - ORE 52 (Westendorf 14), WSU 56 (Jamtaas 14)BLOCKS - ORE 3 (Closs 2), WSU 6 (Schafer, Prince 3 each)SERVICE ACES - ORE 3 (Closs 2), WSU 5 (Hankoff 2)Attendance: 765.