Volleyball Trips Up Arizona State 3-1

Oct. 13, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Washington State volleyball team put together a solid performance with a 30-27, 30-26, 27-30, 30-22, win over Arizona State Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Arena, the first win for the Cougs in Tempe since 1997.

WSU moves to 9-7 overall, 4-5 in league action while Arizona State lost its sixth straight match and dropped to 5-9 overall, 1-6 record in conference play.

WSU's Adrian Hankoff led all players with 20 kills with 17 digs and three blocks. Joining Hankoff in double-figure kills for the Cougs were LaToya Harris with 15, Melissa Boyle with 13 and Zanda Bautre with 11. Bautre led WSU with 19 digs while Harris had four service aces. Hankoff and Boyle each had three blocks. Setter Kali Surplus added 58 assists and 17 digs.

Kim Mehlhorn had 19 kills and 17 digs for ASU. Julia Leddy led the match with five blocks and added 11 kills. Jami Coughlin had 21 digs and 15 kills.

The Cougars ripped off four points to take an early 13-11 lead. WSU extended the lead to 24-18 but the Sun Devils came back with four straight points to close the gap. The teams traded a pair of points each for a WSU 26-24 advantage. Holly Harris hit a roll shot, ASU's Julie Leddy was called for lift and LaToya Harris slammed a service ace to put WSU at game point, 29-24. ASU gained the next three points as LaToya Harris served into the net, Kortney Jamtaas was called for a double hit, and Alicia Akporiaye blocked Adrian Hankoff's kill. Hankoff nailed the next hit, her eighth of the game, for the WSU 30-27 win.

WSU used two five point runs to get a 23-14 lead in the second game. But the Sun Devils out-scored the Cougs 7 to 2, to close the gap, 27-21. Leddy tagged a kill and joined Akporiaye to block Schafer to move to 23 points. LaToya Harris and Kim Mehlhorn traded kills to bring the score to 28-24, Cougs. Jamtaas came up with the big back row kill for WSU's 29th point. Schafer long serve and Victoria Prince hit out to give ASU 26 but Zanda Bautre's smash closed the game in WSU's favor, 30-26. The Cougars hit a mere .138 but held Arizona State to .000.

The Sun Devils came out of the break to take a 9-2 lead and extended it to 11-3 before WSU began to make inroads. Down 15-7, the Cougars battled back to tie the game at 22. The lead see-sawed between the two teams until Hankoff couldn't salvage a set and hit into the net followed by Mandy Stephens kill for put ASU up 27-25. Bautre tagged a point but Anglin's dump and a kill from Mehlhorn put the Sun Devils at game point. Denied the win when Coughlin hit into the net, Mehlhorn placed one in the Cougars' back corner for the 30-27 ASU win.

Game four found the Cougars on top from the first serve, holding a four or five point lead for most of the game. WSU out-scored the Sun Devils eight to four to end the game, 30-22 and take the match 3-1.

'It was good to see four Cougs in double-figures,' Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'That was important. And Zanda and Adrian played real well. And T (LaToya Harris) played a little more up to the way T can play so that was good to see too. Melissa Boyle had a great, great hitting game. I thought our serving was real good and we just did a lot of things a whole lot better.'

Washington State is on the road again next weekend with a Friday night match at Cal and Saturday night at #4 Stanford.

Washington State (9-7, 4-5)	30	30	27	30
Arizona State (5-9, 1-6) 27 26 30 22
STATISTICS:KILLS ASU 78 (Mehlhorn 19), WSU 78 (Hankoff 20).ASSISTS - ASU 58 (Anglin 52), WSU 69 (Surplus 58).DIGS - ASU 92 (Coughlin 21), WSU 85 (Bautre 19).BLOCKS - ASU 11 (Leddy 5), WSU 8 (Boyle, Hankoff 3 each).SERVICE ACES - ASU 6 (Arnett 3), WSU 8 (L. Harris 4).Attendance - 578.
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