Holt’s 20 kills not only led the Cougars but the match as she hit .354, had eight digs and four blocks. Marcelina Glab and Ver’Leea Hardaway each had six blocks as the smaller WSU team out-blocked the Utes 12 to six. Camryn Irwin had 29 assists while Jaicee Harris led the match with 17 digs. Tani Stephens landed three of the Cougars’ six aces while the Utes managed only one on the night.
“This was a great win,” Glab, a senior co-captain said. “It was an upsetting loss to Colorado last night and while we did a few things well at times, we couldn’t quite put it together. To come out today and demolish Utah in three sets and play a complete overall game was a great feeling for the team. We had an aggressive mentality and we knew that they were the better blocking team and to expect a big block. We decided to put up our own big block and having that aggressive mentality and knowing we had to put those hitters away really helped us.”
Utah was led by the 13 kills (.524) and three blocks from Erin Redd-Brandon while Chelsey Schofield added 11 kills and a team-high 12 digs. Kendall Cygan and Kalee Kirby each had 17 assists. The Utes hit .220 for the match and WSU hit .226.
When asked about this difference in this match versus the 3-2 loss at Utah earlier in the season, WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said, “We did not make as many mistakes. We have really cleaned up our hitting errors and we were pretty smart with the ball tonight and that difference really had a huge impact. Utah is a great team and it gets pretty scary when they have that big block up there but I think our hitters really took care of the ball tonight and we served extremely well and got them out of system. They had to become more predictable so that we could set that block up.”
WSU, which has now equaled the number of conference wins from the 2012 season, has a short turn-around as the Cougars travel to take on Arizona State, Wed., Nov. 6 in Tempe, and Arizona, Thurs., Nov. 7 in Tucson.