Idaho Defeats Cougar Volleyball 3-1
Oct. 12, 2004
MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Idaho volleyball team defeated the western neighbors Washington State University 22-30, 30-15, 31-29, 30-24 in a non-conference match at Memorial Gym on the University of Idaho campus.
Idaho moves to 11-5 overall while WSU drops to 3-15 overall.
Idaho's Kati Tikker led the Vandals with 21 kills (.281) while Sarah Meek and Brooke Haeberle combined for another 34 kills. Meek led all players with three aces and five blocks. Mandy Becker had 56 assists and Meghan Brown had a match-high 23 digs.
Jennifer Todd led the Cougars with 23 kills (.333) and four blocks. Kelly Rosin added 20 kills (.300), 16 digs and four blocks. Stacey Holbrook was the WSU digs leader with 21 and Nicole Martin had 52 assists. Jessie Camp added 10 kills, 14 digs and three blocks.
'Tonight I felt like I really needed to step up,' Todd said. 'We were kind of in a lull and we needed somebody and I felt like I needed to be that person tonight. I want to be the person to take charge more in the future.'
'We have been talking to our athletes about competing and what it means to be a competitor and what it means to be competitive as a team and what that takes,' WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'With the exception of game two, I thought that our athletes competed and especially in game three. We were down big in game three and found a way to dig ourselves out and I credit that to Stacey Holbrook and Alison Billingsley for great ball control and defensive effort and great serving by those two. And transition attacking by Jenn Todd; she was phenomenal in game three getting great deflections at the net to create opportunities for her to score as a quick attacker.'
After nine ties early in the first game, the last at 13-all, WSU took a four-point lead and extended it to a seven-point win. Jessie Camp had six kills and Rosin added five kills as the Cougars hit .262 and held Idaho to .045. Rosin and Todd had three blocks each in the opener.
The Vandals ran off nine unanswered points early in game two for a 15-7 lead and controlled the rest of the game for the 30-15 win. UI hit .300 as a team and held the Cougs to .028.
In the third game, the Cougars came back from a seven-point deficit, 24-17, to tie up the game at 27. Todd got her eighth consecutive point with a kill to put WSU up 28-27. Haeberle nailed back-to-back kills to put Idaho in front 29-28 when Meek's attack went astray and the game was tied at 29. Todd tried to hit an errant pass over the net with her fist but the all careened out of bounds. Brown served an ace for the Vandal 31-29 win.
Idaho took the lead in game four and maintained a four or five-point advantage to the end. Tikker scored four of the Vandals' final six points as the home team took the 30-24 win.
'I thought Kelly Rosin was very consistent and competed all night long,' Heffernan said. 'She brought it tonight and that is my vision of Kelly Rosin. She hit .300 for us and just did a fabulous job in both the front row and in the back row. That is what we know and what we can expect from Kelly Rosin in the future.'
WSU travels to meet Arizona Friday night in Tucson and Arizona State Saturday night in Tempe.
Idaho (11-5) 22 30 31 30Washington State (3-15) 30 15 29 24STATISTICS<:kills ui="" wsu="" percentage="" .237="" .192assists="" rosin="" each="" aces="" haeberle="">
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