Fifth-Ranked Arizona Defeats WSU Volleyball 3-1

Oct. 21, 2000

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Allison Napier recorded a match-high 21 kills to lead fifth-ranked Arizona to a 15-5, 17-19, 15-2, 15-4, win over Washington State in Pacific-10 volleyball action Saturday night at McKale Center on the Tucson campus.

Napier added 12 digs for the Wildcats (17-2, 10-1 Pac-10) and teammate Jill Talbot added a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs. Also in double figure kills for Arizona were Lisa Rutledge and Marissa DaLee with 16 and 13 respectively.

The Cougars were lead by Chelsie Schafer's 19 kills and 10 digs. LaToya Harris added 15 kills and 16 digs. Trina Kightlinger added nine kills and a .533 hitting percentage.

WSU took a 5-2 lead in game one, but Arizona reeled off 13 straight points to capture the opener 15-5. Rutledge had five kills in the game and hit .714.

In game two, the Cougars scored eight straight points to erase a 2-0 deficit behind three kills from LaToya Harris and two each from Melissa Boyle and Schafer. Arizona scored nine of the next 10 points to regain the lead at 11-9, but a LaToya Harris kill stopped the rally. After the teams traded points, two kills by Schafer and a block solo by Kightlinger put the Cougars back on top 13-12. A Kali Surplus kill put WSU on the verge of a win at 14-12, but DaLee gave the ball back to the Wildcats with a kill. A pair of hitting errors by the Cougars tied the game 14-14 before Kightlinger's earned WSU a side out with a kill. Kortney Jamtaas gave the Cougars a second chance at game point with a back row kill to make the score 15-14, but the Wildcats responded with a pair of points for a 16-15 advantage.

Surplus kept WSU alive with a dunk shot from her setter position and LaToya Harris tied the game at 16-16 with a rocket from her outside hitter spot. Arizona took a 17-16 lead and had three more chances to close out the game before the Cougs scored the final three points of the game for a 19-17 win. Schafer tied the game with a kill, Jamtaas, forced to play front row because the Cougars were out of substitutions, gave WSU a lead with a kill and Surplus and Adrian Hankoff combined for a block to close it out.

'We were very focused and the passing was great in game three,' WSU head coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'Kortney was awesome and Adrian and LaToya played well in the middle. After that, our passing went away and you can't win if you can't pass.'

WSU hit .380 in game two and Arizona hit .333. The win marked only the third time this season a team has won a game versus the Wildcats in Pac-10 play. Arizona defeated Arizona State 3-2 in the conference opener (Sept. 13) and lost 3-2 to UCLA (Oct. 12).

'That (game win) is a positive and we'll take that away from tonight,' Fredrick said. 'I like that, especially knowing I had my defensive specialist in the front row.'

The Wildcats took control of game three by scoring the first 12 points and cruised to an easy 15-2 win. Napier had four kills in the game for Arizona and DaLee and Talbot added three each.

Arizona closed out the match in game four with a 15-4 victory. The Wildcats stormed to a 6-1 lead on strength of two Napier kills. A block by Kightlinger and Schafer cut the Cougars deficit to 6-2, but Arizona scored the next seven points to increase its lead to 13-2. WSU closed to within 13-4, but back-to-back hitting errors by the Cougars gave the Wildcats a pair of points and the match.

#5 Arizona (17-2, 10-1 Pac-10) def. Washington State (12-8, 3-8)
15-5, 17-19, 15-2, 15-4

KILLS: Schafer (WSU) 19, Napier (UA) 21.
ASSISTS: Surplus (WSU) 51, Burkholder (UA) 59.
SERVICE ACES: Surplus (WSU) 1, Napier (UA) 2.
DIGS: L. Harris (WSU) 16, Burkholder (UA) 14.
BLOCKS: Kightlinger, Schafer (WSU) 3, Sebbas (UA) 6.
Attendance: 750.

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