WSU Strikes Out at Oregon

Oct. 22, 2005

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Washington State University volleyball team was swept by Oregon 30-25, 30-24, 31-29, as the Ducks earned their first Pac-10 win of the season.

Oregon (11-9 overall, 1-8 Pac-10) was led by Mira Djuric's match-high 17 kills and Kelly Russell who added 10 kills and five service aces. Erin Little and Karen Waddington each had four blocks while setters Erika Bartruff and Heather Madison combined for 43 assists. Stephanie Alleman led the match with 18 digs.

WSU (8-14 overall, 1-8 Pac-10) was led by the 14 kills of Jen Barcus who hit .344 for the match. Te'Ara Epps had a match-high 10 blocks while Natalia Owens added 10 kills and six blocks. Maureen Perez, setting in place of Gwen Davis who was out with a neck stinger, had 31 assists. Jalen Pendon contributed 14 digs.

'I thought we played well tonight,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We lost to a team that could terminate the ball better a little bit better than we could. All-in all I thought our team made a lot of good adjustments both offensively and defensively and were applying those things. I thought we played a lot scrapier on defense. We had a lot of people who were hitting the ground and were very determined. Maureen Perez did a great job of distributing the ball especially at the end of the game she was able to find some hitters who were keeping us it the game.'

In the first game, WSU moved from a tie at 13 to outscore the Ducks eight to three for a 21-16 lead. But Oregon turned the tables and outscored the Cougs seven to two to knot the game at 23. The teams traded pairs of points with Oregon up 27-25 and WSU called timeout. A Cougar hitting error was followed by back-to-back service aces by Oregon's Kelly Russell to give the Ducks the 30-25 win.

The second game also had the teams knotted at 13 before Oregon scored seven unanswered points. WSU didn't lace together a trio of points until being down 25-18. The Ducks scored three of the final five points on blocks from Waddington and Little while holding the Cougars to two points. Oregon takes this game 30-23.

Down 18-12 in the third game, WSU battled back to tied the game at 21 points. The squads knotted the game again at 23 and 26. Coming out of a Cougar timeout, the Ducks scored twice before WSU could counter. Russell's kill put Oregon serving for the game 29-27. Barcus landed a Cougar kill and UO's Russell had a hitting error to tie the game at 29. But Russell answered with a kill to put the Ducks serving for the game. A Cougar hitting error, one of only six in this game, gave the home court Ducks the 31-29 game and three-game match win.

'I can't say enough about Jen Barcus,' Heffernan said. 'It was a great performance and Brittany Johnson did as well hitting .333 with seven kills on 18 attacks and only one error. Really a big night for those two. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to carry us over. But we did a much better job tonight than we have in the past several matches.'

Washington State is on the road again next weekend to start the second half of the Pac-10 season with matches at Arizona State and No. 8 Arizona.

Oregon (11-9, 1-8) def. Washington State (8-14, 1-8)  30-25, 30-24, 31-29KILLS - UO 49 (Djuric 17), WSU 38 (Barcus 14)HITTING PERCENTAGE - UO .157, WSU .114ASSISTS - UO 46 (Bartruff 23), WSU 34 (Perez 31)DIGS - UO 64 (Alleman 18), WSU 52 (Pendon 14)BLOCKS - UO 9 (Waddington, Little 4 each), WSU 15 (Epps 10)SERVICE ACES - UO 11 (Russell 5), WSU 2 (Weishaar, Perez 1 each)Attendance:  729.
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