Volleyball Grabs 3-1 Win at Gonzaga

Sept. 13, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Washington State Cougars needed four games to defeat a very youthful Gonzaga team 30-27, 27-30, 30-24, 30-26 at the Martin Center on the GU campus Tuesday night to advance its win streak in the series with the Zags to 16 consecutive wins.

WSU moves to a 5-3 overall record, equaling its 2004 win total. Gonzaga is now 6-5.

Cougars Kelly Rosin and Jen Barcus each had 18 kills and four blocks. Gwen Davis contributed 51 assists while Jalen Pendon and Stephanie Weishaar combined for 25 digs. Natalia Owens had 15 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks. Maureen Perez did not make the trip to Spokane after coming down with the flu, and several other Cougar players were reported to be suffering similar symptoms.

Gonzaga sophomore Becky Jones led all players with 19 kills and 16 digs. Jessica Herrera had a match-high 17 digs as Briawna Mueller had six blocks. Setter Heather Dunn had 49 assists and 14 digs.

WSU hit .215 for the match with 14 team blocks. Gonzaga's team hitting percentage was .117 with seven blocks.

'There's a little bit of a bug going around,' WSU Head Coach Brian Heffenan said. 'First and foremost I am really, really proud of the team's response to adversity tonight. We won game one and it was a close game and they came back and just kind of got in our face really put pressure on us. We didn't respond to that until the middle of the game and then we shifted into a higher gear and played like that the rest of the match. I was proud of the team to assert itself on the opponent.

In the first game, the Cougs and Zags traded points from 13 until Gonzaga capitalized on a pair of WSU hitting errors and went ahead 22-20. A pair of kills from Barcus tied the game at 23. The teams traded scores the next three points to knot it up at 26. Rosin's block and subsequent kill put WSU in the lead 28-26, forcing GU into the first timeout of the game. The Zags earned their final point of the game when Owens hit into the net. Cougs closed out the game 30-27 and land seven team blocks to none for GU.

Gonzaga came out on a tear in the second game, leaping to a 22-11 lead before WSU reeled off five unanswered points. The Zags persisted, going up 26-20 before WSU out-scored the home-team seven to one to tie the game at 27. GU's Jones' kills sandwiched a kill from WSU's Jessie Camp to give GU the 30-27 win.

WSU took the third game lead and didn't allow Gonzaga to get any closer than within three points after half-way. Both teams had their highest hitting percentages of the night, the Cougars hit .310 and the Zags .250 but WSU prevailed 30-24. Rosin and Camp both had five kills while Barcus added four in this game.

The fourth game had 14 ties before WSU went ahead on a kill from Camp and did not look back, closing out the game 30-26 and the match, 3-1.

WSU travels to Saint Louis to play Oakland, Middle Tennessee State and the host Billikens this weekend.

Washington State (5-3) def. Gonzaga (6-5)  30-27, 27-30, 30-24, 30-26STATISTICS:KILLS - GU 60 (Jones 19), WSU 67 (Rosin, Barcus 18 each)HITTING PERCENTAGE - GU .117, WSU .215ASSISTS - GU 59 (Dunn 49), WSU 60 (Davis 51)DIGS - GU 79 (Herrera 17), WSU 62 (Pendon 15)BLOCKS - GU 7 (Mueller 7), WSU 14 (Owens 7)SERVICE ACES - GU 5 (Jones 3), WSU 3 (Davis, Rosin, Weishaar 1 each)Attendance:  754.
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