Volleyball Captures Fifth Straight Pac-10 Win

Nov. 11, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Washington State kept its winning ways with a 13-15, 15-9, 15-12, 15-4, win over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum Saturday night in Corvallis.

Washington State moves to 17-8 overall, 8-8 in Pac-10 contests. Oregon State drops to 15-13 overall, 5-11 in conference action. This win was WSU's fifth consecutive Pac-10 win and ties the Cougars with Stanford for fifth in the conference standings. The 17 wins marks the most since the 1997 season and makes a strong argument for WSU's bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament.

LaToya Harris led all players with 18 kills and five service aces. Chelsie Schafer, Melissa Boyle and Holly Harris each added 12 kills. Schafer led the Cougs with 20 digs, while Boyle had five blocks. An ailing Kali Surplus (flu symptoms) had 61 assists and a career-high three aces.

Oregon State, swept over the weekend by Washington (3-2) and WSU, was led by the 17 kills of Gina Schmidt and 16 digs of Jessica Papell. Angie Shirley had eight blocks. OSU played without starting outside hitter Lori Daedelow who suffered a concussion earlier in the week.

The Beavers scored eight unanswered points for an 10-4 lead in the first game. OSU extended the lead to 12-5 before WSU scored a pair. The Beavs' Papell had an ace and the Cougs had four hits to put OSU serving for game at 14-7. But WSU did not throw in the towel, coming back to score six unanswered points and stopping OSU at game point twice. With the Cougs breathing down their necks at 13-14, Gina Schmidt's kill gave OSU a try at game point number three and Michelle Solomon accommodated with a kill for the 15-13 win. Joscelyn Hannaford had seven kills for OSU in the first game.

Oregon State raced to a 6-1 lead to start the second game. WSU struggled to come back, still behind 8-4, but found the handle and tagged seven unanswered points. The Cougs gave up only one point while holding the momentum with kills from Schafer, LaToya Harris, Boyle and two from Holly Harris. Surplus put the game away for WSU with a service ace for the 15-9 win. LaToya Harris picked up the pace with seven kills in this game.

Game three saw WSU take a 9-3 lead only to allow Oregon State back into contention and tie the game at 12. After nine rotations of sideouts, Holly Harris and Schafer combined on a block to put WSU up 13-12. The Beavers came out of timeout with a big kill from Solomon for the serve but Schafer returned the favor and WSU had the serve. A back-handed dump kill from Surplus put the Cougs up 14-12. Holly Harris, flanked by Hankoff and Surplus blocked the final OSU kill at the net for the 15-12 win. WSU hit .365 for game three, holding the host team to its top percentage of the game, .200

For the first time in the match, WSU took the opening lead and ran it to 8-0. Tough play at the net kept OSU at bay and the Cougars took the 15-4 win. LaToya Harris had two of her career-high five service aces in game four.

'The gray hairs are just popping in right and left,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said after another come-from-behind WSU win. 'It was just a struggle tonight and I think it had to do with OSU playing without a starter and WSU though it was going to be easier. Oregon State played us tough and blocked us really well and we couldn't get into a rhythm. With Kali not feeling well at all tonight really had an effect. We have served tough all weekend and I think the serving tonight is what absolutely kept us in the match. We played some real good gut-check volleyball when we needed to tonight. Holly Harris did a nice job running slides, Zanda and Adrian did a good job splitting the front and back, and Melissa Boyle we ran a lot more in the middle tonight and she was a lot more effective. Kali did a good job getting everybody involved again tonight and everybody was hitting off her sets.'

Kali Surplus commented on playing while she was not feeling great, 'I just have to. We don't have another setter besides Chelsie and she's too busy hitting so I don't have a choice. They were camping on LaToya a lot so I had to move her around and Holly was hitting the back sets really well so I moved her back there a lot more. That helped a ton in the end.'

Washington State returns to Pullman for the final home matches of the regular season with 7 p.m. contests against #7 UCLA Thursday, Nov. 16, and versus #6 USC Friday, Nov. 17.

Washington State (17-8, 8-8) def. Oregon State (15-13, 5-11) 13-15, 15-9, 15-12, 15-4
KILLS: L. Harris (WSU) 18, Schmidt (OSU) 17.
ASSISTS: Surplus (WSU) 61, Bonnarens (OSU) 53.
SERVICE ACES: L. Harris (WSU) 5, Papell (OSU) 2.
DIGS: Schafer (WSU) 20, Papell (OSU) 16.
BLOCKS: Boyle (WSU) 5, Shirley (OSU) 8.
Attendance: unavailable.

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