Volleyball Ends Season with 3-2 Win Over Oregon State
Nov. 23, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team defeated Oregon State 3-2 Friday night on Marcia Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym and achieved a trio of accomplishments as the Cougars ended the 2007 season with their lone conference win, ended a 20-match loss streak, and avenged an earlier five-game loss to the Beavers.
The Cougars, 10-22 overall, 1-17 in Pac-10 action, had four players in double-figure kills as WSU feted senior players Tara West, Adetokunbo Faleti and Maureen Perez pre-game and then went on to game scores of 22-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-25, 15-8. Oregon State's final win-loss tally for 2007 is 10-20 overall, 3-15 in conference contests.
'What a way to go out,' WSU senior co-captain Perez said. 'I'm just really thrilled that my team didn't give up, no matter what happened, I just looked into their faces and I knew they weren't going to give up on me or the other seniors or each other and that speaks a lot. People remember how you finish. I think our fans and our team are going to remember this game for a long time.'
WSU's Brittany Johnson led the team with 18 kills while West contributed 16 kills, seven blocks and two aces. Scoring double-doubles for the Cougs were Jackie Albright who had 13 kills and 16 digs, and Perez with 63 assists and 12 digs. Freshman Brittany Tillman had a career-high 14 kills and added three blocks. Kelly Hyder led all players with 27 digs.
Oregon State was led by the 26 kills of Rachel Rourke while Jill Sawatzky added 14 kills and Kristin Murray had 10 kills. Bree Knitter tallied six blocks. Ashley Evans added 23 digs and Camilla Ah-Hoy contributed 20 digs and 49 assists. Rourke and Natalie Hooper each landed a trio of aces.
'I thought it was a great team performance tonight,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'There were times, early on in the match, when we were down and we would creep our way back into games. There was a presence on the court tonight that I really haven't seen. In order for us to be successful, we need all of our players to play well together at the same time. There have many nights when we have had a good performance from one hitter or another but not the entire group. Tonight our entire group was very reliable and Moe (Maureen Perez) was able to distribute the ball to a lot of different people.'
WSU hit .500 in the fifth game and .203 for the match while OSU hit -.071 in the final game and .164 for the match.
Washington State (10-22, 1-17) def. Oregon State (10-20, 3-15) 22-30, 30-28, 28-30, 30-25, 15-8KILLS - OSU 69 (Rourke 26), WSU 71 (Johnson 18)HITTING PERCENTAGE - OSU .164, WSU .203ASSISTS - OSU 66 (Ah-Hoy 49), WSU 67 (Perez 63)DIGS - OSU 87 (Evans 23), WSU 72 (Hyder 27)BLOCKS - OSU 15 (Knitter 6), WSU 14 (West 7)SERVICE ACES - OSU 9 (Rourke 3, Hooper 3), WSU 4 (West 2)Attendance: 316