Wildcats Ousted in NCAA Volleyball
Dec. 7, 2002
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior LaToya Harris had 23 kills, leading four Washington State players who had double figures in kills, as the Cougars defeated host Kansas State, 32-30, 21-30, 30-22, 31-29, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament played Saturday at Ahearn Field House.
The Cougars, now 23-7, advance to the East Regional semifinals to be played next weekend.
The Wildcats ended their season at 21-9.
Adrian Hankoff and Chelsie Schafer each finished with 13 kills for the winners, while Holly Harris added a dozen. Cougar libero Kortney Jamtaas led WSU with 23 digs, with Holly Harris finishing with a team-high six blocks.
Junior middle blocker Lauren Goehring had 20 kills to lead Kansas State, with Lisa Martin adding 15 kills and five blocks. Wildcat libero Laura Downey-Wallace finished with 23 digs, while Jennifer Pollard and Gabby Guerre had 16 apiece.
Washington State held a two- to four-point lead through much of the first game, with K-State finally pulling even at 18-18. From that point, there were nine ties down the stretch until the teams were tied at 30-30. LaToya Harris and Brenn Larson then finished off the opening game by each getting a kill for the Cougars.
K-State held a 10-9 lead in the second game when the Wildcats began to take control. Goehring had three straight kills in a run that gave K-State a 21-14 edge, and the Wildcats led by at least six points the rest of the game. WSU was hurt by five service errors in the second game.
The Cougars led 10-9 in game three, and went on a 6-1 rally to gain a working lead. K-State cut the deficit to four points, at 18-14, but WSU pulled away for the win by taking advantage of .387 hitting in the game.
The teams were tied at 18-18 in the fourth game, and K-State used a kill and block by Cari Jensen and a kill by Martin to take a 24-20 lead. The Wildcats led 29-27 in an attempt to send the match to five games. But Harris and Schafer had kills sandwiched around a Wildcat ball-handling error, and Victoria Prince finished off the match with an ace as the Cougars avoided a pair of game points and closed out the victory with four straight points.
Washington State finished with 77 kills and a .246 hitting percentage, while the Wildcats hit .203 in the match.