WSU Volleyball Sweeps Oregon

Oct. 14, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State completed a home sweep of Oregon schools with a 3-0 win over Oregon Saturday night at Bohler Gym. Friday night WSU defeated Oregon State 3-1.

Game scores for the Cougar-Duck contest were 15-7, 15-5, 15-10. Washington State moves to 12-6 overall, 3-6 in Pac-10 Conference play, while Oregon is now 7-10 overall, 0-9 in conference play. This marks the end of the first round of Pac-10 play.

WSU's LaToya Harris had a match-high 13 kills while Kortney Jamtaas served three aces and led the Cougars with nine digs. Melissa Boyle had eight kills (.500) as did Holly Harris (.462) and Zanda Bautre. Kali Surplus had 41 assists.

Oregon was led by the 10 kills of Halie Mazza while Amy Banducci had 11 digs and Julie Gerlach had five blocks. Sydney Chute (14 assists) and Gerlach (12 assists) shared setting duties. Oregon out-blocked WSU 8 to 4 but WSU out-hit the Ducks .248 to .183.

The Cougars had little trouble in getting and maintaining leads in the first two games. Game three was a different story with a regrouped Duck squad going ahead 9-7 and after WSU scored four unanswered points, Oregon came back to tie it at 10. Back-to-back attack errors by Banducci, coupled with a hitting error by Chute and a kill from Holly Harris put WSU up 13-10. Chute tagged a kill for the sideout but served into the net. Cougars reached 14 after Chute had a setting error. WSU could not convert on the first game point as Surplus hit out but got the service right back after Monique Tobbagi had a bad serve. Zanda Bautre claimed the final kill and 15th point for the Cougar sweep.

'This week I pushed the kids a little more,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'I put them in situations like last night when we were down 11-10 in the last game and we'd been playing at that score in practice a lot where they have to win two out of three starting at 11-10. I looked up at the scoreboard last night and said, 'Guys this is just practice and you've done this a million times in practice.' And then I said the same thing tonight. This is the one we practice. We probably had our best week of practice last week.'

Regarding the production from the WSU middle, setter Kail Surplus said, 'I'm not big on stats, they don't matter much to me. I just want to win. I know who my go-to girls are and they were just doing it for us. All I had to do was put it up there and they were putting it down.'

Washington State travels to the desert next week, meeting Arizona State (12-7, 4-5) Friday night and #6 Arizona (15-2, 8-1) Saturday night.

Washington State (12-6, 3-6) def. Oregon (7-10, 0-9) 15-7, 15-5, 15-10STATISTICS:
KILLS: Mazza (ORE) 11, L. Harris (WSU) 13.
ASSISTS: Chute (ORE) 14, Gerlach (ORE) 12, Surplus (WSU) 41.
SERVICE ACES: Ferris (ORE) 1, Chute (ORE)1, Jamtaas (WSU) 3.
DIGS: Banducci (ORE) 11, Jamtaas (WSU) 9.
BLOCKS: Gerlach (ORE) 5, Boyle (WSU) 2.
Attendance: 911.

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