Oct. 21, 2011
EUGENE - The Washington State volleyball team took a commanding two-set lead before falling in five sets to No. 18 Oregon Friday night in Eugene. Oregon, now 13-6 overall and 6-5 in Pac-12 won the nationally-televised match 21-25, 17-25, 25-8, 25-13, and 15-12, leaving WSU with an 11-10, 3-8 record.
UO's Alaina Bergsma led the Ducks with 18 kills and 11 digs. Liz Brenner added 15 kills and Katherine Fischer chipped in another 13 kills. Lauren Plum had 54 assists, 10 digs and led the team with four blocks.
Meagan Ganzer was the lone Cougar in double figures with 22 kills. Camryn Irwin had a double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs. Marcelina Glab and Chelsey Bettinson each had five blocks with Ganzer adding four blocks.
WSU opened the match with a .375 hitting percentage as Ganzer produced nine of the team's 17 kills as WSU had only two attack errors in the first set. WSU went ahead 13-8 early in the set and the Ducks knotted the contest at 14. But the Cougars were determined to make the run and took the 25-21 first set win.
The Cougars took control of the second set roaring to a 20-11 lead and extending it to a 25-17 win. WSU hit .308 in this set and held Oregon to a .000 hitting percentage. The Cougars controlled the net defensively with five blocks to the home team's one.
Oregon came out swinging in the third set, charging to a 25-8 win with the Ducks hitting .321 and hold WSU to a -.160 hitting percentage. The fourth set was much the same with Oregon hitting an outstanding .586 while WSU mustered a .115 as the green and yellow uniforms grabbed the 25-13 win.
WSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth set and held the four-point advantage at 8-4. Oregon closed the gap at 9-8 but back-to-back attack errors put the Cougs up 11-8. A kill by Bergsma and an errant attack by Ganzer tied the set at 11 and WSU took a timeout. Plum served an ace followed by kills from Krstojevic and Bremmer to give UO a 14-11 lead. Plum's service error gave WSU its final point and Bremmer scored again to seal the deal for the home team, 15-12.
The WSU at Oregon match was the Fox Sports Net Pac-12 national match of the week and will be broadcast around the nation on a delayed basis. The match will be shown in the Northwest this Sunday, Oct. 23 at noon PT on ROOT Sports NW.
Washington State travels to Corvallis for a match at Oregon State (11-9, 3-7) Saturday night, Oct. 22, at Gill Coliseum.