Cougars Fall To Arizona In Five
Nov. 2, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - The 14th ranked Arizona Wildcats rallied to defeat No. 17 Washington State 18-30, 14-30, 30-28, 30-16, 15-13 in Pacific-10 Conference volleyball action Saturday night at the McKale Center.
A trio of Cougars - Chelsie Schafer (22 kills, 18 digs), Adrian Hankoff (15 kills, 19 digs) and LaToya Harris (13 kills, 17 digs) - recorded a double-double in kills and digs. Kim Glass led Arizona recording a double-double of her own with a match-high 28 kills in addition to 16 digs. Of Glass' 28 total kills, 23 came in the final three games.
The loss dropped WSU to 16-7 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-10. Arizona improved to 12-8 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-10.
The decisive fifth game featured five ties but the Cougars' only lead of the game came at 1-0. Down 8-5, WSU used a pair of kills by Hankoff during a 4-1 run to tie the game at nine. But after an exchange of points, Arizona scored three straight points to go up 13-10 and rode that advantage to a 15-13 win.
The first game began with seven ties and four lead changes during its first 25 points. Arizona opened up an 11-8 lead but matters quickly disintegrated for the home team as the Cougars blitzed the Wildcats with a 22-7 run to capture the first game 30-18. WSU hit a blistering .565 in the first game, recording 13 kills with no attack errors. Harris led the Cougars, hitting at a .833 clip. Conversely, Arizona struggled, hitting just .083 for the game.
WSU continued to scorch the McKale Center floor with a .440 hitting percentage in the second game. Unlike the first game, the Cougars began quickly using a 7-0 run to a 13-4 advantage en route to taking the game 30-14. WSU recorded 12 kills with only one attack error while Arizona managed only a .030 hitting percentage.
In those first two games WSU hit .500 and recorded 25 kills with only one attack error. In addition, after being down 11-8 in game one, WSU outscored Arizona 52-21 during the remainder of the first game and the entire second game.
The third game was close throughout. Arizona used three 4-0 runs to take a 22-16 lead but WSU countered with a 9-3 run to tie the game at 25. WSU managed to take a 28-27 lead but Arizona scored three consecutive points to take the third game 30-28. WSU cooled off greatly in that third game hitting .175 compared to Arizona's .224.
Arizona continued its hot play by taking the fourth game 30-16. WSU took an early 2-0 lead but that would be the only positive for the Cougars as Arizona scored the next four points to take a 4-2 advantage.
After trading points, the Wildcats extended their lead to 12-5 thanks to a 5-0 run. WSU cut its deficit to 13-9 but that was as close as the Cougars would come as Arizona reeled off five consecutive points to take an 18-9 lead and put the game out of reach. In the fourth game, WSU hit .000 while Arizona recorded 18 kills with four errors for a .350 percentage.
The Cougars return home to face the Washington Huskies at Bohler Gym, Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
No. 17 Washington State (16-7, 6-7) 30 30 28 16 13No. 14 Arizona (12-8, 7-5) 18 14 30 30 15
STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 56 (Schafer 22), UA 68 (Glass 28).ASSISTS - WSU 52 (Larson 46), UA 61 (Gardner 53).DIGS - WSU 82 (Hankoff 19), UA 79 (Mulvany 23).BLOCKS - WSU 10 (Prince 3), UA 10 (Killough 2.5).SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (L. Harris 2), UA 5 (Torregrosa 3).ATTENDANCE - 989