Volleyball Swept by Arizona State

Oct. 5, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team fell to Arizona State 30-21, 30-28, 30-17, before a Homecoming crowd of 1,236 fans Friday night on Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym.

WSU drops to 9-10 overall, 0-5 in Pacific-10 Conference action while ASU moves to 10-9 overall, 2-4 in league contests.

'I want to thank the crowd, they did a great job tonight and our staff and our team really appreciates that,' WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. '(The loss) is disappointing but tomorrow is another day and we are going to get back to work. We don't have any choices. We are not going to sit around and dwell about our performance tonight. We didn't play very well and we can probably create a lot of excuses for that but we are not going to. We are going to hold ourselves accountable and get back in the gym on Monday to refocus and get back to work.'

Adetokunbo Faleti was the Cougs' top scorer with 11 kills while Jackie Albright and Tara West each had eight kills. Setter Maureen Perez had 32 assists and Kelly Hyder added 17 digs. West and Perez each had three blocks.

ASU was led by the 19 kills of Sarah Reaves (.378) and Staci Smith added 10 kills (.391). Smith and Sara Todorovich each tagged six blocks as the Sun Devils ruled the net with 12 team blocks. Marina Mercer had 48 assists and libero Sydney Donahue had 19 digs.

Down 27-20 in the second game, the Cougars scored six straight points to close to within one, 27-26. Todorovich landed a kill for ASU followed by Faleti's slam for WSU for a 28-27 Sun Devil advantage. Paige Mittelstaedt's kill put ASU serving at game point but again Faleti's kill kept the Cougs in the hunt, down 29-28. Margie Giodano landed the final point for Arizona State.

'I felt pretty good but during the game I had a few tweaks tonight but overall I felt pretty good,' said the oft-injured Faleti. 'I started off okay but didn't finish the way I wanted to finish. Every loss is disappointing but we have to bounce back. We didn't end up winning today but I think we have some good highlights.'

Next week, Washington State travels to play at No. 2 Stanford (16-0, 5-0) and at No. 10 California (12-4, 2-3).

Arizona State (10-9, 2-4) def. Washington State (9-10, 0-5) 30-21, 30-28, 30-17KILLS - ASU 54 (Reaves 19), WSU 38 (Faleti 11)HITTING PERCENTAGE - ASU .306, WSU .088ASSISTS - ASU 53 (Mercer 48), WSU 36 (Perez 32)DIGS - ASU 54 (Donahue 19), WSU 43 (Hyder 17)BLOCKS - ASU 12 (Smith 6, Todorovich 6), WSU 7 (West 3, Perez 3)SERVICE ACES - ASU 3 (Lund 1, Mercer 1, Smith 1), WSU 1 (Weishaar 1)Attendance:  1,236.
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