No. 10 Colorado State Defeats WSU Volleyball 3-1

Sept. 9, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Colorado State, ranked 10th in the USA Today/CSTV Coaches Top 25 poll, defeated the Washington State volleyball team 3-1 in a match held at Bohler Gym Wednesday night. The game scores were 23-30, 30-15, 30-26, 30-23.

WSU, under the direction of first-year coach Brian Heffernan, is now 0-4 while CSU moves to 4-1 on the season.

CSU was led by Katie Shirley-Cahoon's 17 kills (.414), four service aces and four blocks. Casey Bauer had 12 kills (.391) while Bri Frech added 11 kills (.35), three aces and five blocks. Kristen Karlik had a match-high 17 digs and setter Melissa Courtney had 53 assists.

Kelly Rosin was the kills leader for the Cougars with 17 (.205) and added 12 digs and three blocks. WSU's Jennifer Todd had 11 kills (.129), two aces and three blocks. Freshman setter Nicole Martin had 38 assists, two aces and three blocks. Liz Spear led the Cougs with four blocks and senior libero Stacey Holbrook had 15 digs.

The Rams' out-blocked WSU 11 to 8, hitting .287 for the match and holding WSU to .165 hitting percentage.

'It was a step forward for our program tonight, a step forward for our team and now this team is setting the bar a little bit higher for itself,' Heffernan said. 'The next time we go out and play and the next time we practice we will continue to move forward.'

The Cougars played very aggressively in the first game, holding Colorado State to a .100 hitting percentage, capitalizing on the Rams' attack errors late in the game to extend a 24-19 lead to the 30-23 Cougar win.

CSU took an early lead in the second game and WSU could not get back into the mix, with as many attack errors as kills (9) for a zero hitting percentage while the Rams hit .400.

WSU came from six down to tie the third game at 22 points and again at 23. A kill from CSU's Dre Downs and an attack error by Todd but the Rams up 25-23. Frech's ace and a kill by Shirley-Cahoon increase CSU's lead to 27-23. Jen Barcus landed back-to-back kills for WSU and CSU coach Tom Hilbert called a timeout with the Rams still ahead, 27-25. On the first play after the break, Martin was called for a lift but CSU's Kimi Foytich served into the net, score CSU 28-26. Shirley-Cahoon and Courtney landed the final two kills of the game, CSU winning 30-26.

The Rams kept the momentum and won the fourth game, 30-23, and the match.

'Two of the things our athletes have really bought into are just the mentality of being out there taking risks, going after an opponent and being as aggressive with the opponent as they're going to be with us,' Heffernan said.'

Colorado State travels up Highway 195 to take on Gonzaga University Thursday, Sept. 9, at Spokane. WSU travels to Los Angeles to play in the Loyola Marymount University Furama Hotel Tournament this weekend.

'The type of competition we saw tonight is going to be exactly what we're going to see this weekend,' Heffernan said. 'We have our hands full, but again we're going to focus on the small victories in the process, and trying to make sure we're improving on our side of the net. And hopefully, in time, good things will start to happen.'

Washington State (0-4)	30	15	26	23No. 10 Colorado State (4-1)	23	30	30	30_STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 47 (Rosin 17), CSU 68 (Shirley-Cahoon 17)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .165, CSU .287ASSISTS - WSU 42 (Martin 38), CSU 63 (Courtney 53)DIGS - WSU 47 (Holbrook 15), CSU 59 (Kralik 17)BLOCKS - WSU 8 (Spear 4), CSU 11 (Frech 5)SERVICE ACES - WSU 8 (Rosin 3), CSU 11 (Shirley-Cahoon 4)Attendance: 936.
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