Cougar Volleyball Sweeps Nevada

Sept. 8, 2007

Box Score

RENO, Nev. -- The Washington State University volleyball team defeated the host school, Nevada, 30-28, 30-28, 30-24, Saturday night to finish second at the AT&T Invitational tournament. UNLV went undefeated to win the tournament at its state rival. Nevada was third at 1-2 and Hofstra was fourth at 0-3.

Cougars Kelly Hyder and Brittany Johnson were two of the players named to the seven-player all-tournament team.

With the win Saturday night, WSU moves to a record of 9-2 while Nevada's win-loss tally is now 3-4.

Brittany Johnson led the Cougars with 18 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. Jackie Albright added another 13 kills while Tara West had six blocks. Maureen Perez had 36 assists and back row players Kelly Hyder and Stephanie Weishaar combined for 23 digs.

Nevada's Lindsay Baldwin led the Wolf Pack with 13 kills and six blocks. Kyle Harrington added 10 more kills as Ashley Miller gave out 41 assists. Allison Hernandez had a match-high 21 digs.

'We played great tonight and I was really impressed with our team's composure and consistency,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We were very low error and we found a way to win points and earn points at the end of both games one and two. Great effort by all of our team. I'm looking forward to getting back into practice this week and getting ready for the Denver tournament.'

In the first game, the Cougs and the Wolf Pack battled back and forth from the first serve. With the game tied at 28-all, Johnson took matters into her own hands, slamming a kill and then served an ace to give WSU the 30-28 win.

The second game was a tight contest too. Late in the game Nevada was up 28-27 when a kill by Johnson knotted it up again and the home Wolf Pack took a timeout. An attack error by Nevada's Baldwin and a block by Cougar senior West gave WSU the 30-28 game win.

The Cougars held a comfortable lead throughout most of the third game and held off a late Nevada rally to win 30-24.

The next road trip for the Cougars is to Denver, Colorado, to play No. 13 Ohio, No. 37 Long Beach State and tournament host University Denver next weekend.

Washington State (9-2) def. Nevada (3-4) 30-28, 30-28, 30-24KILLS - WSU 47 (Johnson 18), UNR 46 (Baldwin 13)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .178, UNR .060ASSISTS - WSU 42 (Perez 36), UNR 44 (Miller 41)DIGS - WSU 54 (Hyder 14), UNR 54 (Hernandez 21)BLOCKS - WSU 14 (West 6), UNR 9 (Baldwin 6)SERVICE ACES - WSU 1 (Johnson 1), UNR 2 (Harrington 2)Attendance:  320.
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