Pacific Wins Cougar Challenge With 3-2 Defeat of WSU

Sept. 1, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The 12th-ranked University of Pacific Tigers proved to be too much for the Washington State University Cougars in the Saturday championship match of the Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Volleyball Tournament held at Bohler Gym. Pacific overcame WSU's two game lead to win 23-30, 22-30, 30-21, 30-19, 15-12.

The Tigers (5-1 overall, 4-0 in tournament play) were led by 6-3 All-American sophomore middle blocker, Jennifer Joines, who contributed 18 kills and eight blocks in the title match, and was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Pacific's Jamie Hamm added 16 kills, 15 digs and six blocks, and Joanna Rentz chipped in 16 digs and three aces. Elaine Goeders had 13 kills and eight blocks. UOP setter Megan Hauschild had 57 assists and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Washington State (3-1) was led by LaToya Harris' 18 kills (14 digs), and Adrian Hankoff added 15 kills (13 digs) and Zanda Bautre had 12 kills. Melissa Boyle led the Cougs with five blocks and Kali Surplus had 51 assists and 17 digs. Defensive specialist, Kortney Jamtaas, had a career best four kills and added 15 digs. Harris, Hankoff, Boyle and Surplus were all named to the All-Tournament team.

Pacific out-blocked the Cougars 16 to 7 and out-served WSU 10 to 4 (aces).

'In the first two games, the passing was there so the middle hitters were able to draw the blockers and the outsides were open but once our passing went down, it seemed to break down totally,' LaToya Harris said. 'Certain adjustments just didn't happen.'

'They picked up on our tendencies and we never got theirs,' Hankoff said.

Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said, 'In the first two games, our offense was running smoothly, passing was real good and the middles did a great job of driving, which opened up our outside hitters. When the outside hitters were open, they were killing the ball. For some reason, in the third game, we started setting the middles and they were getting blocked a lot. I think Misty Swails substitution for Courtney Miller made a huge difference for Pacific in the front row and elevated the rest of the team.'

Bradley defeated Gonzaga (26-30, 30-28, 30-26, 30-27) to claim third place with a 2-2 record. Bradley's Laura Benzing was named to the All-Tournament team. Gonzaga finished fourth at 1-3 while Boise State was fourth with a 0-4 record.

Earlier in the day in the Gonzaga match, WSU was down 29-23 in the third game after winning the first two (30-19, 30-23). With the new rally-scoring format, where a point is gained from every serve, the Cougars made an amazing come back, keeping the Bulldogs at 29 while scoring seven consecutive points. GU's Abby Cullen broke the drought and tied it up at 30. After the teams traded points to tie the game again at 32, 33, 34, and 35, Gonzaga's Natalie Kozen served long to give WSU a 36-35 lead. Kortney Jamtaas stepped up and served an ace for the deciding point, a 37-35 win and match victory.

Washington State travels to the Kansas State Wildcat Classic Tournament, Sept. 7-8, at Manhattan, Kansas, where the Cougs will play Houston, Arkansas and K State.

Les Schwab Cougar Challenge Day Two Results

Bradley (1-2)		30	30	30Boise State (0-3)	22	23	14STATISTICS:  KILLS - Tranter (BSU) 10, Benzing (BU) 11.ASSISTS - Sommer (BSU) 26, Hardwick (BU) 33.DIGS - Hadd (BSU) 8, Behrns (BU) 10.BLOCKS - McDonald (BSU), Miller (BU) 6.SERVICE ACES - Sommer (BSU) 1, Benzing 3.Attendance:  75.

Gonzaga (1-2) 19 23 35Washington State (3-0) 30 30 37STATISTICS: KILLS - H. Harris (WSU) 11, Boyle (WSU) 11, Kozen (GU) 15.ASSISTS - Surplus (WSU) 42, Chroustovska (GU) 34.DIGS - L. Harris (WSU) 17, Tumova (GU) 13.BLOCKS - H. Harris (WSU) 4, Chroustovska (GU) 3.SERVICE ACES - Hankoff (WSU) 3, Jamtaas (WSU) 3.Attendance - 289.

Boise State (0-4) 24 24 20Pacific (4-1) 30 30 30STATISTICS: KILLS - Joines (UOP) 17, Baldwin (BSU) 8.ASSISTS - Anderson (UOP) 37, Bennett (BSU) 20.DIGS - Miller (UOP) 14, Heler (BSU) 16, Tranter (BSU) 16.BLOCKS - Anderson (UOP) 4, Vinall (UOP) 4.SERVICE ACES - Joines (UOP) 3, Miller (UOP) 3, Bennett (BSU) 1, Hadd (BSU) 1.Attendance - 97.

Gonzaga (1-3) 20 28 26 27Bradley (2-2) 26 30 30 30STATISTICS: KILLS - Tumova (GU) 17, Benzing (BU) 22.ASSISTS - Chroustovska (GU) 53, Hardwick (BU) 53.DIGS - Sogmpr (GU) 17, Behrns (BU) 20.BLOCKS - Cullen (GU) 5, Passman (BU) 11.SERVICE ACES - VanMeetren (GU) 2, Davis (GU) 2, Rodrigue (BU) 2.Attendance - 101.

Pacific (5-1) 21 13 18Washington State (3-1) 30 30 30STATISTICS: KILLS - L. Harris (WSU) 18, Joines (UOP) 18.ASSISTS - Surplus (WSU) 51, Hauschild (UOP) 57.DIGS - Surplus (WSU) 17, Rentz (UOP) 16.BLOCKS - Boyle (WSU) 5, Joines (UOP) 8, Goeders (UOP) 8.SERVICE ACES - H. Harris (WSU) 2, Kelley (UOP) 3, Rentz (UOP) 3.Attendance - 1,236.

2001 Les Schwab Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team:

Laura Benzing - BradleyMegan Hauschild - PacificLaToya Harris - WSUMelissa Boyle - WSUAdrian Hankoff - WSUKali Surplus - WSUMVP:  Jennifer Joines, Pacific
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