Volleyball Falls In Apple Cup Match To Washington State

Oct. 27, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - Despite several highlight-worthy digs on defense, the Washington Huskies were unable to overcome a two-game deficit, falling to host Washington State, 15-10, 15-2, 13-15, 15-5, Friday evening at Bohler Gym. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 5-14 overall and 1-11 in the Pac-10, while the Cougars improved to 13-8 overall and 4-8 in the Pac-10.

Junior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) led the Huskies with 15 kills, while junior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.). and Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) both recorded double-doubles. Richardson had 14 kills on .591 hitting with 11 digs, while Churnside had her sixth double-double in the last seven matches with 56 assists and 12 digs.

In game one, Washington State took two early three-point leads at 4-1 and 6-3, but the Huskies rallied to tie the score twice at 7-7 and 9-9. The UW broke the 9-9 tie, taking its first lead of the match on a block by setter Churnside and quick hitter Richardson. The Cougars quickly equalized at 10-10 and then proceeded to reel off five straight points to win the first game, 15-10, in what otherwise proved as an even game. The Huskies and Cougars both hit over .350, while the two teams recorded one block apiece.

Passing proved a problem for the Huskies in the second game as they scored just one point on a block from freshman Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) and junior Underhill before Washington State jumped out to a commanding 13-1 lead. The Huskies scored their last point of a game on a Cougar hitting error at 2-13, but the lead proved too much, as a block out of bounds ended game two at 15-2 in favor of Washington State.

The third game proved to be much more competitive as the Huskies overcame their passing woes to tie the game at two, five and eight. Washington State, however, became the first school to reach double-digits, surging to a 10-8 advantage before taking their lead out to three at 11-8. Washington hung around, however, drawing to within one point on a kill by Underhill at 10-11 and then tying the score at 11-11 on a hitting error from Trina Kightlinger. The Huskies took their first lead of the game at 12-11 on a long-rally point as a phenomenal dig from Churnside kept the rally alive for an Underhill kill. The UW lead proved short-lived as the Cougars tied the game at 12 on a kill by Harris and then reclaimed the lead at 13-12 on a hitting error by Bjorklund. Two block solos, one by Richardson and one by junior Malena Thompson (Santa Fe, N.M.), then sparked the Huskies to a 14-13 lead and eventually a game-three win at 15-13.

Washington built on their game-three momentum, building an early 4-0 lead before a Cougar timeout. The Huskies remained stuck on four as Washington State slowly got itself back into the game, tying it at 4-4. Two straight Husky hitting errors followed by a pair of kills by Zanda Bautre allowed WSU to go into the media timeout with a four-point advantage at 8-4. Miscommunication continued to plague the Huskies as Washington State overcame the early deficit to win the game and the match with a 15-5 game-four win.

The Huskies head home for a non-conference match, Sunday, October 29, against Idaho State at 12 p.m. at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition. Admission for the match is free.

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