No. 17 WSU Volleyball Sweeps By No. 21 Washington

Nov. 8, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University volleyball team used a packed home court at Bohler Gym Friday night to defeat cross-state and Pac-10 rival Washington 30-19, 30-20, 30-28.

The 2,239 fans was the largest crowd to see a volleyball match in the remodeled Bohler Gym and the largest attendance since the 1997 Cougar volleyball season.

WSU is now 17-7 in overall play, 7-7 in Pac-10 action while Washington is 15-8, 7-7 in conference play. The Cougars and Huskies are currently tied with UCLA for fourth place in the Pac-10.

Chelsie Schafer was the only Cougar in double figures, tagging 11 kills (.391) and 10 digs in spite of having to leave the third game halfway through with a sprained ankle. Kortney Jamtaas led the match with 14 digs while Victoria Prince had four blocks. Freshman setter Brenn Larson had 34 assists, five kills (.625) and two blocks. LaToya Harris' four service aces placed her in a tie for WSU career aces with Beth Welch (1987-89) with 133.

Washington's Paige Benjamin had a match-high 20 kills (.326) with nine coming in the third game. Darla Myhre had four blocks while Gretchen Maurer had 39 assists and 11 digs. Sanja Tomasevic and Candace Lee also had 11 digs each.

WSU out-blocked the Huskies 7 to 5.5 and scored eight service aces with 11 errors as UW managed one ace but had 13 service errors.

The Cougars dominated play in the first two games but the Huskies came out of the break and put some muscle into their offense. WSU was ahead in the opening of the third game, 10-9 when Schafer left the game with an ankle sprain. Freshman Ance Auzina replaced the senior right side hitter on the Cougar lineup. The Dawgs tied up it up at 12, went ahead for the first time all night, 19-18, and was holding a 27-25 lead. LaToya Harris' kill closed the gap to one and then behind her serving, WSU gathered three quick points after an attack error from UW's Tomasevic and kills from Larson and Auzina. Cougs were at game point, 29-27, when Tomasevic landed her ninth kill of the match. Holly Harris' kill ended the game and match in WSU's favor and put the Cougars back up in the Pac-10 standings.

'I'm sure Washington was thinking if we can just go five we can win and Ance was saying, 'I don't think so,'' Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'I think she was a little nervous going out there (in the third game when Schafer was injured). Its tough to be thrown into a situation like that where you know how critical the match is and Chelsie's been playing such good volleyball. That was like a nightmare when she went down because I had only one sub left.

'I think we won the battle at the net but I think big time we won the battle on defense. Kortney's defense was phenomenal tonight. Everyone was digging really well.'

Washington State is home again next week, hosting California Friday, Nov. 15, and No. 4 Stanford, Saturday, Nov. 16.

#17 Washington State (17-7, 7-7)	30	30	30#21 Washington (15-8, 7-7)		19	20	28STATISTICS:KILLS - WSU 46 (Schafer 11), UW 40 (Benjamin 20)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .258, UW .142ASSISTS - WSU 41 (Larson 34), UW 39 (Maurer 39)DIGS - WSU 53 (Jamtaas 14), UW 55 (Maurer, Tomasevic, Lee 11 each)BLOCKS - WSU 7 (Prince 4), UW 5.5 (Myhre 4)SERVICE ACES - WSU 8 (L. Harris 4), UW 1 (Danicic 1)Attendance:  2,239.
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