Idaho Defeats WSU Volleyball in Five Games

Oct. 28, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Idaho's volleyball team came back from a two-game deficit Tuesday night to defeat Washington State 3-2 on the Cougars' home court of Bohler Gym.

It was the second straight match and the seventh time this season the youthful Washington State team had lost a five-game match. Game scores of the Vandal win were 22-30, 29-31, 30-28, 30-22, 15-9.

WSU drops to 7-15 overall and Idaho moved to a 13-8 overall mark. Idaho had not won in Pullman since 1990.

Anna-Marie Hammond had 20 kills and eight blocks to lead the way for Idaho. Mandy Becker added 25 digs. Kati Tikker had three aces with her 11 kills.

WSU was led by the 20 kills of Zanda Bautre while Kristen Carlson had 22 digs. Setter Brenn Larson sprained her left ankle twice in the second game but kept playing most of the last three games and had a triple-double with 10 kills, 32 assists and 16 digs. Freshman Jen Barcus had 13 kills, hit .423 and had six blocks. Jennifer Todd led the Cougars with seven blocks.

After WSU won the first two games, the score was tied at 24 in the third game. The Cougars committed three attack errors and fell behind 27-24. Bautre landed a kill followed by an attack error by Idaho and the gap was closed to one, 27-26. Tikker answered with a kill and an ace for the Vandals to serve for game point. Meghan Brown was blocked by Kelly Rosin and Barcus to put WSU within one. Bautre's error gave Idaho the 30-28 win and life in the match.

The Vandals led in the fourth game from the 10-all tie to the 30-22 win, with the momentum carrying into the game five 15-9 win.

'In the third game were trying to keep Brenn out of the front row for a while because Idaho kept coming under the net and that's how she sprained her ankle,' Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'She already had one bad ankle and now she has another one. We thought we could play Jessie (Camp) in the front row and have Kali (Richards) set and we didn't get anything from it. We didn't have anybody step up at all. After that happened it seemed like we decided we weren't going to play anymore.'

Washington State's travels to play at No. 9 UCLA and at No. 1 USC this Friday and Saturday. The UCLA match starts at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion while the USC match will being at 8 p.m. at the Lyon Center, the late start to accommodate the 4 p.m. WSU vs. USC football game.

Washington State (7-15)	30	31	28	22	9Idaho (13-8)			22	29	30	30	15STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 64 (Bautre 20), UI 60 (Hammond 20)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .127, UI .101ASSISTS - WSU 51 (Larson 32), UI 56 (Becker 43)DIGS - WSU 79 (Carlson 22), UI 91 (Becker 25)BLOCKS - WSU 14 (Todd 7), UI 13 (Hammond 8)SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (Carlson 3), UI 9 (Tikker 3)Attendance:  712.
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