WSU Gets Sweep Against Osu Volleyball Team Uses Strong Play From Seniors To Down Beavers
The Washington State volleyball team swept Oregon State 15-6, 15-12, 15-5, in Bohler Gym Thursday night.
WSU advances to 23-6 overall, 11-6 in Pac-10 play while Oregon State falls to 14-16 overall, 5-12 in conference action.
Cougar seniors Elis Arias and Shannon Wyckoff led WSU with 10 kills each. Wyckoff, the WSU career digs leader, had a match-high 14 digs to bring her four-year total to 1,201. The 5-11 outside hitter from Brush Prairie, Wash., also had four service aces and a .350 hitting percentage. Junior Jennifer Stinson added nine kills, four blocks and five service aces.
OSU’s Pia Alhengard led the match with 15 kills and hit .462. The Beavers’ outstanding blocker, senior Magan Prieto, was forced to part-time action after hyperextending her elbow on Tuesday.
Washington State controlled the tempo of the match, including coming from a 10-5 deficit to win the second game.
“I think our serving was absolutely awesome tonight,” WSU coach Cindy Fredrick said.
“We almost won a whole game on serving, with 12 ace serves - that’s pretty phenomenal. Jennifer (Stinson) and Shannon were just terrific with their serves. Everybody did a nice job hitting tonight and the setters did a good job of moving the ball around, which really helped the offense.
“We ran some sets that we haven’t been running a lot of, which is good to do,” Fredrick said. “Blocking tonight was a lot better than it’s been. Our blocks really changed their shots a lot and made it a lot easier to play defense.”