No. 19 Cougars, Dons Win Opening Round Matches at Cougar Challenge Volleyball Tourney

Aug. 29, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The No. 19 Washington State University Cougars and the San Francisco Dons won their opening matches of the two-day, four-team Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Volleyball Tournament at Bohler Gym Friday night. A crowd of 963 watched the four squads in their 2003 season openers.

Washington State, won the nightcap against Oklahoma, 30-27, 27-30, 30-25, 30-20, after USF needed five games to overtake Wichita State in the opener, 30-32, 30-28, 30-27, 26-30, 16-14.

For the Cougars, it was a whole new look on the court, as four true freshmen and three redshirt freshmen were among the 11 WSU players to see action. Three letterwinners but only one starter from the 2002 squad that finished the season ranked No. 7 nationally took the Bohler Gym floor Friday night. Sophomore setter Brenn Larson took charge with 48 assists, four aces, seven digs and four blocks. Senior outside hitter Zanda Bautre, injured during the last half of last year, led both teams with 13 kills and had 16 digs. Freshman middle blocker Jennifer Todd from Henderson, Nev., tagged 12 kills and hit .385 in the match. Redshirt freshmen Kristen Carlson added 10 kills and 17 digs, and Jen Barcus led the team with five blocks.

Oklahoma had only one player in double figure kills, Joanna Schmitt with 10, but she also had the match-high 18 digs. Jennifer Adams led all players with six blocks.

WSU held the Sooners to .000 hitting percentage in the first and third games but the Cougars hit only a .153 for the match. The young Cougar team had 13 service aces but also committed 17 service errors.

Wichita State's Sara Younes led all players with 24 kills (.429) in the Shockers-San Francisco match. Brittanie Budinger tallied 18 kills for the Dons and led the match with 21 digs. Liz MacAusland had six blocks for USF.

Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m. when Wichita State plays Oklahoma, followed by Friday night's winners, WSU versus USF at noon. The night session begins at 5 p.m. as Oklahoma faces USF and the two WSU schools meet at 7 p.m.

San Francisco (1-0)	30	30	30	26	16Wichita State (0-1)	32	28	27	30	14STATISTICS:KILLS - WICH 83 (Younes 24), USF 62 (Budinger 18)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WICH .203, USF .155ASSISTS - WICH 77 (Hartig 47), USF 55 (Scoggin 45)DIGS - WICH 73 (Augspurger 20), USF 71 (Budinger 21)BLOCKS - WICH 7 (Younes 4), USF 12 (MacAusland 6)SERVICE ACES - WICH 5 (Younes 3), USF 8 (Hart 4)

No. 19 Washington State (1-1) 30 27 30 30Oklahoma (0-1) 27 30 25 20STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 62 (Bautre 13), OKLA 41 (Schmitt 10)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .153, OKLA .075ASSISTS - WSU 55 (Larson 48), OKLA 40 (McCarter 34)DIGS - WSU 67 (Carlson 17), OKLA 60 (Schmitt 18)BLOCKS - WSU 10 (Barcus 5), OKLA 11 (Adams 6)SERVICE ACES - WSU 13 (Todd, Larson 4 each), OKLA 4 (Tomes, Coats, Werling, Maynes 1 each)Attendance: 963.

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