Volleyball Battles Long Beach State but Loses 3-1

Sept. 15, 2007

Box Score

DENVER, Colo. -- Washington State's volleyball team won the first game against Long Beach State, which was notable because is was the first game win ever for the Cougs over the 49ers, but The Beach came back to take the match 27-30, 30-25, 32-30, 30-22, Saturday morning in the Pioneer Classic at Hamilton Gym on the University of Denver campus.

For the Cougars, now 9-4, it was the fourth loss of the season and the second loss in the tournament. Long Beach State moves to a 5-4 record.

The Beach was led by the 19 kills (.371), three aces and five blocks of 2006 honorable mention All-American Alexis Crimes. Three other LBSU players had double-figure kills as the team hit .245 for the match. Setter Nicole Vargas had 48 assists, 13 digs and five blocks. Libero Talaya Whitfield had a 19 digs.

Adetokunbo Faleti had a season-high 19 kills to lead Washington State. Jackie Albright added 16 kills and Brittany Johnson had 10 kills, 11 digs and led the team with four blocks. Kelly Hyder had a match-high 20 digs and three aces. Maureen Perez tallied 47 assists.

WSU won the first game of the match by serving tough and playing the back row well to move from a 25-all tie to the 30-27 Cougar win. Long Beach State took control of the second game in the late stages and grabbed the 30-25 win.

In the third game, the turning point of the match, the Cougars had the lead early at 14-7 and advanced that to a 26-21 lead. Late in the game Long Beach State closed the gap with WSU still ahead 29-27. The Cougs were serving for game point after a Jackie Albright kill but LBSU's Michaela Hasalikova countered with a kill and tied the game at 30. Quincy Verdin tallied the last two kills for the Beach and the 32-30 win.

The fourth game found WSU up 16-15 before Long Beach went on a 7-2 run and the Cougars could not catch up. LBSU takes the 30-22 win and the match, 3-1.

'As a team, we passed well and served well. Throughout the match I felt we hit pretty well but in critical times we made errors and we stopped playing at times,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We let Long Beach back in the door in both games two and three and that cost us. I think we had our chances to defeat Long Beach State and rather than seizing the moment and taking advantage of that, we found a way to give it away.'

WSU takes on host University of Denver in a 7:30 p.m. MT match tonight for third place in the tournament.

Long Beach State (5-4) def. Washington State (9-4) 27-30, 30-25, 32-30, 30-22KILLS - WSU 60 (Faleti 19), LBSU 65 (Crimes 19)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .196, LBSU .245ASSISTS - WSU 58 (Perez 47), LBSU 63 (Vargas 48)DIGS - WSU 55 (Hyder 20), LBSU 59 (Whitfield 19)BLOCKS - WSU 10.5 (Johnson 4), LBSU 9 (Crimes 5, Vargas 5)SERVICE ACES - WSU 8 (Hyder 3), LBSU 6 (Crimes 3)Attendance:  not reported.
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