Cougars Win UTA Volleyball Tournament
Sept. 9, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State volleyball team went undefeated in four matches, not dropping a single game, to win the Hilton Arlington/UTA Invitational tournament Saturday night.
WSU moves to an 11-1 record and extended its win-streak to eight, the longest number of consecutive wins for the Cougars since the 2002 season when WSU advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The Cougars defeated the host University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks in the second of two Saturday matches with game scores of 30-22, 30-24, 30-26. WSU's Adetokunbo Faleti, a redshirt junior playing before family and friends in her hometown, led the Cougs with 19 kills while senior Kelly Rosin added 13 kills, hit .400 and had six blocks. Australian junior transfer Tara West led all players with seven blocks. Freshmen Kelly Hyder had a match-high 24 digs and Corina Beyer had 47 assists.
UTA was led by the 13 kills of Teena Sobczak and 21 digs of Torie Dacus. Ellen Murray contributed four blocks and Emily Nedderman had 28 assists and four blocks. The Mavericks hit .085 as a team and had six blocks while WSU hit .257 and had 10 team blocks.
Cougars Rosin and sophomore Brittany Johnson were named to the all-tournament team.
'We put together another great match tonight and did an exceptional job at the service line,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'In game one our service-receive was awesome and I want to recognize the play of three people who are really contributing to where we are right now: Stephanie Weishaar, Kelly Hyder and Jalen Pendon. They are doing an incredible job on serve-receive and making the job of our setters very easy. The distribution of the ball is giving our hitters a lot of one-on-one opportunities. They are the engine that makes us run right now.'
WSU started the day with a 30-22, 30-28, 30-13 win over Tulsa. The Cougars hit a whopping .449 for the match, with Johnson's 16 kills (.448), and Rosin's 15 kills (.448) leading the way. Tara West led the match with five blocks and added 8 kills with no errors for a .727 hitting percentage. Beyer had 52 assists, two aces and 18 digs. Hyder, freshman libero, had 18 digs.
Tulsa's Kasiana Urnau had a team-high 13 kills while Julia Silva had 11 digs and 33 assists. WSU out-blocked the Golden Hurricane 9.5 to 1.
In the third game of the match, WSU hit .529 and held Tulsa to a .111 hitting percentage.
'The team played excellent against Tulsa,' Heffernan said. 'The highlight for me was Kelly Hyder's 18 digs and Corina Beyer's 18 digs. They really did a great job playing defense behind the block today. Corina, along with our passers, did an awesome job running our offense.'
Washington State meets Idaho at home in Bohler Gym Wednesday and then travels across the border to take on the Vandals again Friday, at Idaho's Memorial Gym.
Washington State (10-1) def. Tulsa (9-3) 30-22, 30-28, 30-13KILLS - TU 45 (Urnau 13), WSU 62 (Johnson 16)HITTING PERCENTAGE - TU .250, WSU .449ASSISTS - TU 44 (Silva 44), WSU 58 (Beyer 52)DIGS - TU 36 (Silva 11), WSU 56 (Beyer 18, Hyder 18)BLOCKS - TU 1 (Hilario 1, Krejcirova 1), WSU 9.5 (West 4)SERVICE ACES - TU 2 (Hilario 1, Silva 1), WSU 7 (Beyer 2, Weishaar 2)Attendance: 107.
Washington State (11-1) def. Texas-Arlington (7-4) 30-22, 30-24, 30-26KILLS - WSU 54 (Faleti 19), UTA 35 (Sobczak 13)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .257, UTA .085ASSISTS - WSU 50 (Beyer 47), UTA 29 (Nedderman 28)DIGS - WSU 79 (Hyder 24), UTA 55 (Dacus 21)BLOCKS - WSU 10 (West 7), UTA 6 (Murray 4, Nedderman 4)SERVICE ACES - WSU 32 (Pendon 1, Hyder 1, Weishaar 1), UTA 4 (Smith 2)Attendance: 291.