Volleyball Grabs First Win of Season

Sept. 11, 2004

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington State volleyball team earned its first win of the 2004 season Saturday morning when the Cougars defeated the University of Miami 30-28, 15-30, 20-30, 30-26, 15-11 at the 2004 LMU Furama Hotel Invitational Tournament at Gersten Pavilion on the Loyola Marymount University campus.

The 3-2 win over Miami also marked the first win for first-year head coach Brian Heffernan, whose Cougars are now 1-5 on the season. Miami volleyball drops to 1-2.

'I don't think there are going to be any easy (wins) this year between our youth and experience and skill level,' Heffernan said. 'We're going to have to work for every match we play in. I think the scores reflected that we were better in game three than in game two but I don't know that our kids were really believing just yet. In game four, we decided to toy with the lineup a little bit and put Kelly Rosin back over to the opposite position where she hasn't played all year. It was a risk we had to take and it worked out for us. She got a couple of key blocks over there and started hitting with greater efficiency and voilah.'

WSU's Jennifer Todd led all players tying her career-record of 25 kills (.391). Todd and Jen Barcus teamed up for seven blocks. Kelly Rosin added 11 kills (.222) and two blocks. Freshman setter Nicole Martin had 46 assists and senior Stacey Holbrook, celebrating her 21st birthday, had 13 digs.

Valeria Tipiana led the Hurricanes with 22 kills (.474) and had three blocks. She also landed five of Miami's 14 service aces. Karla Johnson was the only other player in double-digit kills with 12 (.333). Jill Robinson had 51 assists and Kaitlin Kozak led the team with 14 digs. Ciara Michel led the team with four blocks.

The Cougars allowed a 15-11 lead in the first game to dissolve as the Hurricanes scored seven unanswered points to take a 18-15 lead. WSU fought back with a tip from Jen Barcus and a pair of kills from Todd, the game was tied at 19. After six more knotted scores, Tipiana had a kill and an ace to put UM up 27-25. Liz Spear landed a kill in the back corner after a long rally and Todd had a kill to tie it up at 27-all. After a Hurricane time out, Savage hit one out and Lott hit one off Miami fingertips to put WSU up 29-27. At game point, Hayashikawa served long but on the next play Todd's tip gave WSU the 30-28 win.

In the second game, WSU came back to tie it up at 9 points but the Canes controlled the rest of the game, with six points from Tipiana. Miami evens up the match with a 30-15 win. Cougars hit -.121 in this game after clubbing .424 in the game one win while Miami rebounded from a .135 hitting percentage in the opener to hit .265 in the second game.

Miami dominated the third game and took the 30-20 win. WSU put back-to-back points on the board only three times in this game.

Hurricanes took an early lead but the Cougars fought back to tie the match at 15 and with a six consecutive points, went up 18-15. WSU kept the lead with blocking from Barcus, Todd and Kelley and kills from Todd and Rosin. Miami stopped WSU twice at game point but Tipiana hit long and the Cougars tie up the match with a 30-26 fourth game win.

Miami went up 6-2 in the fifth before WSU could lace together four consecutive points, forcing the Canes to take a timeout. Three more times the teams reached ties before Rosin landed a kill and Ciara Michel was called in the net to put WSU put 12-10. After Miami's second timeout, Holbrook's ace hit the Canes' floor but on her next serve Johnson came back with a big kill. The Cougars put up two consecutive big blocks by Kelley and Todd to earn WSU the 15-11 win and the match win as well.

'It is nice to have the first win but I'm happy for the student-athletes because I really just wanted them to have something to build on, to feel good about and keep moving forward,' Heffernan said.

WSU takes on host school, No. 22 Loyola Marymount Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

Washington State (1-5)	30	15	20	30	15University of Miami (1-2)	28	30	30	26	11STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 55 (Todd 25), UM 56 (Tipiana 22)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .156, UM .215ASSISTS - WSU 47 (Martin 46), UM 55 (Robinson 51)DIGS - WSU 42 (Holbrook 13), UM 49 (Grass 14)BLOCKS - WSU 7.5 (Barcus 4), UM 11.0 (Savage, Michel 4 each)SERVICE ACES - WSU 3 (Todd, M. Camp, Hayashikawa 1 each), UM 14 (Tipiana 5)Attendance: 125.
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