ASU Upsets Cougs
Turnabout is fair play but it is also brutal. The Washington State University volleyball program, coming off a gigantic upset of the Pac-10's top team and rival, Washington, were thrust into the Huskies role tonight as they were unable to defeat the conference's last-place team, Arizona State. The Sun Devils upset the Cougars in four sets to claim their second conference win of the year. With the loss, the Cougars are now 16-5 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
The first set was tight all the way as the two teams never got more than two points distant from one another until the last minutes of the set. Wazzu held a slim 22-21 lead but the Cougars were unable to score another point and failed to put the Sun Devils away as ASU scored four straight to win the set, 25-22.
The Sun Devils used that momentum as a slingshot for the second set, holding steady with Wazzu through the first six points before embarking on a 12-3 run that would seal the set as they coasted home for a 25-18 win.
Wazzu came storming back in the third set , turning the tables after the two teams locked up at 6-6. From there, the Cougars hit on a 12-5 to give them a large lead that they would never relinquish en route to a 25-15 win.
The fourth and, what turned out to be final, set looked like it was going Wazzu's way as the Cougars took an 18-15 lead and forced a Sun Devil timeout. But coming out of the timeout, ASU jolted back to life and swamped the Cougars with a 10-4 run to win the set and match, 25-22.
Three Cougars were in double figures in kills led by sophomore Meagan Ganzer with 14, followed by junior Brittany Tillman with 11 and senior Jackie Albright with 10. True freshman Oceana Bush led another Cougar trio in double figures in digs as she tallied 15 digs while Albright had 11 and senior Kelly Hyder chipped in 10. Senior setter Renee Bordelon added 43 assists.
Wazzu continues Pac-10 play against Arizona at 7pm on Saturday, October 31 at in Tucson.
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