Volleyball Downs Zags 3-1

Aug. 29, 2007

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State volleyball team moved to a 5-0 record on the season after defeating Gonzaga 20-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-24 Wednesday at the Martin Center on the GU campus. This is the best WSU start since the 2002 season when the Cougs went 11-0 to start the year and advanced to the Elite Eight.

WSU's Adetokunbo Faleti had a match-high 13 kills while Tara West and Jackie Albright each contributed 11 kills. The Cougars used their front line to their advantage, slapping 16.5 blocks with Cassie Robbins having a team-leading six blocks, Brittany Johnson added five blocks and West and Albright each had four blocks. Setter Maureen Perez had 45 assists and a dozen digs. Albright led the team with 13 digs and Kelly Hyder had 11 digs.

Gonzaga (2-2) was led by the 11 kills from both Michelle Boevers (.450) and Elania Renius. Adding match-highs were Becky Jones with 14 digs and Briawna Mueller with eight blocks. Heather Dunn had 48 assists, 10 digs and a pair of aces.

The Zags took the first game victory with a .433 hitting percentage while WSU hit zero. The Cougs recouped and tied up the second game at 10-all before going up 16-13 and staying in the lead to the 30-22 win. Using the momentum after the break, WSU won the third game 30-26, hitting a match-high .342 while GU hit a respectable .256. The fourth game was not a hitter's clinic with WSU reaching only .068 hitting percentage while it was the Zags' turn to hit zero.

The Cougars travel to Bozeman, Mont., to play Montana State, Texas A&M and Utah State in the Montana State Holiday Inn Classic tournament this weekend.

Washington State (5-0) def. Gonzaga (2-2) 20-30, 30-22, 30-26, 30-24KILLS - WSU 54 (Faleti 13), GU 52 (Boevers 11, Renius 11)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .156, GU .182ASSISTS - WSU 52 (Perez 45), GU 50 (Dunn 48)DIGS - WSU 52 (Albright 13), GU 53 (Jones 14)BLOCKS - WSU 16.5 (Robbins 6), GU 11 (Mueller 8)SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (five with 1 each), GU 5 (Dunn 2, Powell 2)Attendance:  703.
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