Volleyball Swept by No. 8 Washington

Sept. 28, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The largest volleyball crowd in Bohler Gym since 2003 watched the Washington State team put up a good fight but the No. 8 Washington Huskies remained undefeated with the 30-22, 30-18, 30-24 win before 1,690 fans at the first match for the Cougars at Marcia Saneholtz Court Friday night.

Part of the large crowd could be attributed to the always fierce cross-state rivalry while many of the spectators were on campus for the Honoring the Legacy in Women's Athletics weekend. And some of the fans were anxious to see collegiate volleyball again since the WSU team has been on the road for the past month. The most recent volleyball crowd at Bohler Gym larger than Friday night's attendance was Oct. 17, 2003, another match against the Huskies where the crowd count was 1,739.

'I just want to thank the fans tonight,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'That was a great crowd for Cougar volleyball and a great atmosphere for our athletes to be able compete in. I know there were a lot of things going on on campus and that was really great. We really appreciate the fan support here in Bohler Gym.'

WSU (9-8, 0-3) was led by the 10 kills of Tara West. Cassie Robbins contributed seven kills and a team-high five blocks. Freshman Brittany Tillman, playing in place of injured starter senior Adetokunbo Faleti, had four kills and three blocks. Maureen Perez had 29 assists while Kelly Hyder had 14 digs.

The Huskies (14-0, 3-0) were led by Christal Morrison's 15 kills (.406) while Stevie Mussie added 13 kills. Becky Perry had a match-high six blocks and Alesha Deesing and Jessica Swarbrick tallied five blocks each. Jenna Hagglund had 46 assists and Tamari Miyashiro had 21 digs. Ashley Aratani had three of UW's 9 aces.

Washington hit .322 for the match and held WSU to .145 hitting percentage.

The first game was tied nine times before the Huskies out-scored the Cougars 11 to 3 to move from a 19-all tie to the 30-22 win. The second game was more lop-sided with Washington jumping out to 19-7 lead and not looking back before taking the 30-18 win. The Cougars came out after the break with renewed intensity and took a 10-4 lead. The Dawgs chipped away to tie the game at 22. West's kill put the Cougs up 23-22 and Swarbrick's kill evened the score at 23. A smash from the left side by Johnson gave WSU the 24-23 lead and Perry's kill knotted the game again. Behind the serving of Miyashiro, UW shutout WSU and took the 30-24 win.

WSU's Perez said post-match, 'My biggest worry tonight was that as a team we left everything out there tonight and I feel like we did. I feel like our team really competed well tonight. We had times when we did some really awesome things and times when we were not so hot. But I am really proud to be on this team because I feel like we left it out there.'

'I was proud of the team,' Heffernan said. 'We had moments where we didn't look so good tonight but there were many moments where we played at a very high level. We were very low error in games one and three. I thought our team had a great week of practice and I thought that translated into the way we played many times tonight. Hopefully as a take-away lesson for us is that what we do in practice translates into what we do in a match so if we come back next week and continue to work hard we are going to be prepared for the Arizona teams.'

Washington State plays at home again next week with a Thursday, Oct. 4 match against Arizona and a Friday, Oct. 5 match against Arizona State.

No. 8 Washington (14-0, 3-0) def. Washington State (9-8, 0-3)KILLS - UW 57 (Morrison 15), WSU 34 (West 10)HITTING PERCENTAGE - UW .322, WSU .145ASSISTS - UW 55 (Hagglund 46), WSU 32 (Perez 29)DIGS - UW 53 (Miyashiro 21), WSU 37 (Hyder 14)BLOCKS - UW 10 (Perry 6), WSU 7 (Robbins 5)SERVICE ACES - UW 9 (Aratani 3), WSU 2 (Albright 2)Attendance:  1,690.