Volleyball Sweeps Gonzaga

Sept. 15, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team used the combined 27 kills of Jen Barcus and Jenn Todd to defeat Gonzaga 30-19, 30-25, 30-28 in a match held at Bohler Gym Tuesday night.

It was the second win of the season and the first win at home for the Cougars (2-6) under the direction of first-year Head Coach Brian Heffernan. Gonzaga is now 3-6 on the season.

Barcus led the Cougs with 15 kills, hitting .522, and six blocks. Todd contributed 12 kills (.292) and a match-high seven blocks. Kelly Rosin added 10 kills with a pair of aces and blocks. Freshman setter Nicole Martin had 39 assists and four aces. Libero Stacey Holbrook had 11 digs with four aces.

The Bulldogs were led by the 13 kills of Christina Davis (.146) and 12 kills of Lauren Armas (.391). Briawna Mueller had six blocks while Lacey Bell had 11 digs. Setter Emilee Gihring had 33 assists.

The Cougars out-blocked the Zags 13 to 7 and the home team landed 12 service aces while GU had only four.

Washington State led the first two games from the first serve through the final point. Game three provided a little more excitement with 11 ties and WSU only able to go up by two or three points. With the game knotted at 27 points and Jessica Herrera serving for GU, Kristen Kelley laid down a kill for WSU to go up one. Kelley went back to serve and Armas found the floor for the Bulldogs to tie it again at 28-all. Bell served and WSU setter Martin pushed the ball back into the Zags' court to put the Cougs at game and match point. Rosin's kill ended the game 30-28 and match 3-0.

'It feels good to win three and I'm very happy for Jen Barcus, she had a great night and we've been spending some time with her in practice to try to work on her timing and things like that and tonight it paid off,' Heffernan said. 'This preseason, which will lead into the Pac-10 Conference, is four consecutive weekends on the road and I don't know how our student-athletes are doing it. We were trying to take some time off during the week. Just do some things light yesterday and tomorrow and give them some time to study.'

WSU hits the road to take on Radford, Syracuse and Denver at a tournament this weekend in the Mile High City.

Washington State (2-6)	30	30	30Gonzaga (3-6)		19	25	28STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 51 (Barcus 15), GU 43 (Davis 13)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .236, GU .163ASSISTS - WSU 43 (Martin 39), GU 42 (Gihring 33)DIGS - WSU 52 (Holbrook 11), GU 50 (Bell 11)BLOCKS - WSU 13 (Todd 7), GU 7 (Mueller 11)SERVICE ACES - WSU 12 (Martin, Holbrook 4 each), GU 4 (Gihring 2)Attendance:  803.
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