Oct. 7, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team lost to Utah with set scores of 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 Friday night before 902 fans at Bohler Gym. The Cougars fell to 10-7 overall, 2-5 in Pac-12 action while Utah moved to 7-10 overall, 2-6 in conference play.
Cougars Meagan Ganzer and Rachel Todorovich combined for 27 kills with Todorovich hitting .306 and contributing 11 digs. Camryn Irwin had 41 assists and 13 digs while Jordan Levenseller led the match with a career-high 21 digs.
Shelby Dalton and Erin Redd had 10 kills each for Utah with Redd also landing six blocks. Danielle Killpack led the match with eight blocks. Chelsey Schofield led the Utes with 18 digs while McKenzie Odale had 16 assists and 16 digs. Utah out-blocked WSU 14 to four.
"I thought Rachel played well but we couldn't get a lot going offensively," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Utah did a fantastic job at the net with 14 blocks and without our passing we couldn't move our offense around. We need to regroup for Colorado tomorrow."
WSU watched a 17-9 opening set lead evaporate to an 18-17 advantage as the Utes serving and blocking kept them in contention. WSU kept the lead and extended to a 25-22 win as Ganzer landed six kills in the set but the Cougs did not have one block.
Utah jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the second set and extended it to a 25-15 win. After hitting .312 in the first set, the Utes hit .286 in the second landing nine kills with only one error in 28 attacks. WSU's offense could not get on track, hitting .147 after opening with a .324 hitting percentage. The Cougars went through another set without a block while Utah added another three blocks.
WSU had to come from behind to tie the third set at nine. The Cougars were ahead 21-17 when Utah closed the lead to one. Utes tied it at 22 when a Cougar attack went long and then landed back-to-back attacks to serve for set, up 24-23. A tip by Irwin kept the Cougs in contention but Ganzer's attack went wide and Utah took the 25-23 win.
Utah dominated the fourth set, holding WSU to a -.047 hitting percentage, despite Todorovich landing four kills with no errors in eight attacks. The Utes capitalized on unforced Cougar attack errors and took the fourth set 25-16.
Washington State hosts Colorado (5-11, 0-8) Saturday night in the Cougs Wave Pink match at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym. All fans wearing pink pay only $2 for general admission seating to this match.