Volleyball Plays Tough at Tempe

Nov. 1, 2007

Box Score

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Washington State volleyball team gave Arizona State a full-match battle before succumbing to the Sun Devils 30-22, 28-30, 30-22, 31-29, Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

'It was a hard-fought battle by the Cougs tonight but as a whole I thought our team really, really stayed together and fought throughout the night but came up a little short in the end,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said.

Washington State sophomore Jackie Albright led the Cougars with 19 kills and added 15 digs. Senior Tara West added 13 kills, and junior Brittany Johnson, a native of Phoenix, and senior Adetokunbo Faleti each contributed 12 kills. Senior setter Maureen Perez had 51 assists and sophomore Kelly Hyder added 19 digs. Freshman Brittany Tillman and Perez each had three blocks.

Arizona State was led by the 16 kills from Margie Giordano and 15 kills of Sarah Reaves while Danielle Fernandes added 12 kills. Staci Smith and Sara Todorovich each tagged six blocks as the Sun Devils ruled the net with 16.5 team blocks. Marina Mercer had 45 assists and 16 digs. Pac-10 leading libero Sydney Donahue had a match-high 25 digs. Smith, Donahue and Reaves each had a pair of aces.

WSU drops to 9-16 overall, 0-11 in Pacific-10 Conference action while ASU moves to 14-11 overall, 6-6 in league contests.

The Cougars took an early lead in the first game but ASU warmed up its offense and tied the game at 16 points. The home team out-scored the visitors 14 to 6 down the stretch for the 30-22 win. The Sun Devils nailed four aces and hit .158 for the game, holding WSU to a .085 hitting percentage.

WSU took a 13-6 lead to begin the second game before ASU put together an eight-point run to go ahead 17-16. The Sun Devils moved to a four-point lead at 26-22 but the Cougs clawed back and scored four-straight points to knot up the game. Faleti slammed a pair of kills to put WSU up 28-26. ASU middle blocker Todorovich retaliated with a kill to cut the Cougars' lead to one and on the next serve, Faleti's attack went long allowing ASU to tie the game at 28-all. Faleti found revenge on the next play with a solid kill to place WSU serving for game point, up 29-28. West and Perez combined on a block to give the Cougs the 30-28 game win.

ASU took control in the third game and held onto an early lead of eight points, finally taking the game with a score of 30-22. The Sun Devils hit .308 and held WSU to a .178 hitting percentage.

The fourth game found the Cougars ahead late in the game, 25-21 and the visitors were able to advance their lead to 28-25. Todorovich's kill followed by a lift call on Perez narrowed the Cougar lead to 28-27. West came back with a crucial kill and WSU was serving for the game, 29-27, but her next attack was blocked back by ASU's tall front row and the Devils were within one point again. Still needing only one more point for the win, Faleti's attack was blocked and ASU tied the game at 29. An attack that went long by WSU's Johnson put the Devils on the line serving for game point, up 30-29. Arizona State claimed its fourth straight point after WSU was called in the net and the home team won the game 31-29, and the match 3-1.

Friday, Washington State travels to Tucson to play at Arizona (12-12, 2-10), in an 8 p.m. match.

Arizona State (14-11, 6-6) def. Washington State (9-16, 0-11) 30-22, 28-30, 30-22, 31-29KILLS - WSU 63 (Albright 19), ASU 57 (Giordano 16)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .125, ASU .176ASSISTS - WSU 54 (Perez 51), ASU 52 (Mercer 45)DIGS - WSU 68 (Hyder 19), ASU 65 (Donahue 25)BLOCKS - WSU 18 (Tillman 3, Perez 3, Faleti 3), ASU 16.5 (Smith 6, Todorovich 6)SERVICE ACES - WSU 2 (West 1, Hyder 1), ASU 6 (Smith 2, Donahue 2, Reaves 2)Attendance:  432.
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