Oct. 28, 2011
PULLMAN - Meagan Ganzer's 23 kills and 11 digs was not enough as the Washington State volleyball team lost a 3-1 match to Arizona Friday night in Bohler Gym with set scores of 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, and 25-15.
Arizona moves to a 14-9 overall record and, 6-7 in Pac-12 play while WSU drops to 11-12 overall, 3-10 in conference action.
Arizona had four players in double-digit kills with Courtney Karst leading the way with 15. Cursty Jackson had 14 kills and led the match with four blocks. Setter Chloe Mathis had 48 assists while Candace Nicholson had 19 digs and two of the Wildcats seven aces.
"We definitely played better this match than we did the previous time we played Arizona," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I thought we came out well but just couldn't close out the first set. We did a great job in the second set but again in the third just couldn't finish it out. Arizona is a great team and for us to be able to compete at a high level with them, we have definitely come a long ways since August."
WSU took an early lead and maintained at least at two-point margin through most of the first set. UA scored back-to-back points to tie the set at 20 and then go ahead 21-20. Cougars and Wildcats traded points until Coach Greeny took a timeout with Arizona ahead 23-22. When play resumed, the Zona serve went long and the set was knotted at 23. Todorovich landed a left-handed cross court kill to put the home team serving for set, 24-23. Jackson's monster attack in the middle of the court, her sixth of the set, squared the score at 24 and Mathis pulled a setter's dump to place the visitors serving for set. Karst landed the final attack and UA took the 26-24 win.
The Cougars took a 20-16 advantage in the second set and held on to capture the 25-19 win. Ganzer tallied 11 kills in this set on 12 attacks for a .917 hitting percentage, leading the Cougars to a .481 team hitting percentage, the best of the night.
With the third set tied at 18, Arizona marched ahead to the 25-20 win, as the Cougars could not muster enough consecutive points to stay with the Cats. Arizona wrapped up the match with an easy fourth set win, 25-15.
Washington State hosts Arizona State (5-17, 1-12) Saturday, Oct. 28, in a 7 p.m. match in Bohler Gym. ASU lost at No. 10 Washington 3-2 Friday night, with a fifth-set score of 15-13.