Cougars Record Ninth Straight Sweep Over Ducks

Oct. 11, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - Kristen Carlson tallied 15 kills to lead the Washington State Cougars to a 30-20, 30-26, 30-25 sweep over the Oregon Ducks in Pacific-10 Conference volleyball action Saturday at McArthur Court.

WSU improved to 7-11 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10 while Oregon dropped to 3-13 and 0-7 in the conference.

In winning their first road contest of the season, the Cougars secured their 25th consecutive win over the Ducks. WSU has not lost to Oregon since 1990 at Eugene. In addition, the Cougars posted their ninth consecutive sweep over Oregon. The Cougars also registered their second sweep of the week as they handled Gonzaga in three Oct. 7.

'To defeat Oregon in three was really special because we have struggled,' said WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick of her team's performance. 'We have struggled because we're so beat up. For us to come out and play as well as we did tonight really made us all proud.

'We played a match for ourselves tonight, which was really important to see,' Fredrick added. 'It was a great win.'

Along with Carlson's double-digit kill effort, Jennifer Todd added 12 kills for WSU. Brenn Larson recorded 33 assists and added a team-high 10 digs for the Cougars. Sarah Mason led Oregon with 12 kills.

A day after recording a .016 hitting percentage against Oregon State, the Cougars improved to a .202 clip while holding the Ducks to a .130 mark.

The sweep streak over the Ducks looked to be in jeopardy when Oregon took a 17-12 lead in game three. But thanks to a 10-1 run, the Cougars took a 22-18 lead en route to capturing the third game 30-25 and thus securing the sweep.

The Cougars never trailed in capturing the first game. WSU opened up a 19-11 advantage only to see. Oregon pull to within three at 21-18; however, WSU scored five consecutive points to put the game away as it captured game one 30-20.

The second game proved to be more competitive as it featured seven ties and three lead changes. With the game tied at 15, WSU scored five of the next six points to take a lead it would not relinquish en route to capturing the second game 30-26.

The Cougars return to Bohler Gym when they host Washington, Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
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