Cougar Volleyball Falls to No. 2 Washington

Sept. 23, 2005

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball team was swept by the No. 2 Washington Huskies 30-12, 30-18, 30-18, before 1,478 fans at Bohler Gym Friday night, in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for the cross-state rivals.

'I have not been around college volleyball years and years and years, but that is as good a team as I've seen in college volleyball,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'I wasn't around when UCLA and Stanford had all those great teams years ago, and USC, but just in terms I watched the University of Washington play their match with the University of Hawai'i on video tape this week, getting ready for this match, at the same time there was a Nebraska (ranked No. 1) match on CSTV and the two matches didn't even compare. The pace that Washington plays at, they are an excellent offensive team, obviously, but most impressive for me is their ability to counterattack. They counterattack with a great deal of speed so tonight we had a lot of defenders falling back on their heels because we have just never seen that pace. Not just the speed that they're hitting it at but the timing, the tempo of it. They dig a ball and then its right back on top of us very, very quickly. There was a very good team across the net from us tonight.'

Washington moves to a 10-0 record, having played only three-game matches in each of its wins. WSU's overall record is now 7-5.

The Huskies did not commit a hitting error in the first game with 19 kills on 27 attacks for a .704 hitting percentage. Washington went on to hit .368 for the match while holding the Cougars to a school-record low hitting percentage of -.075.

UW senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic led all players with 15 kills (.560) while Alesha Deesing led the match with seven blocks. All-American setter Courtney Thompson had 39 assists and Candace Lee added 11 digs.

WSU was led by the seven kills of Kelly Rosin while Jen Barcus added five blocks. Setter Maureen Perez had 11 assists and libero Jalen Pendon had 10 digs. WSU's senior outside hitter Te'Ara Epps saw action for the first time since breaking a bone in her thumb in the Cougars' win over Oral Roberts, Sept. 9. Epps had a pair of kills and three blocks.

Washington out-blocked WSU 12 to 8, only the second time this season the Cougs have been out-blocked in a match.

'That is the best team I've played in my life, even the USC of two years ago I felt like we stood a better chance against them than we did against the Huskies,' Barcus said. 'They are so consistent as far as they don't make errors. Everybody knows where to put the ball, when their shots are open, when they should hit. Last year was they were a good team but this year they are solid, together and a good team. Last year they were working towards what they wanted to be and now they are what they want to be and they just keep getting better and better and better.'

Washington State will take on Gonzaga Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym.

No. 2 Washington (10-0) def. Washington State (7-5)  30-12, 30-18, 30-18KILLS - WSU 21 (Rosin 7), UW 49 (Tomasevic 15)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU -.075, UW .368ASSISTS - WSU 18 (Perez 11), UW 44 (Thompson 39)DIGS - WSU 25 (Pendon 10), UW 37 (Lee 11)BLOCKS - WSU 8 (Barcus 5), UW 12 (Deesing 7)SERVICE ACES - WSU 2 (Davis, Owens 1 each), UW 7 (Tomasevic, Aratani 2 each)Attendance:  1,478.
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