Sept. 17, 2011
PULLMAN - The No. 13 Southern California volleyball team hit .447 and swept Washington State with scores of 25-17, 25-15, 25-11 Saturday night before 693 fans at Bohler Gym. USC moves to a 7-3 overall record and is 2-1 in Pac-12 action while WSU is now 8-4 for the season and 0-2 in conference play.
Alex Jupiter, Lauren Williams and Katie Fuller combined for 35 of USC's 50 kills. Kendall Bateman put up 36 assists and Natalie Hagglund led the match with 11 digs.
WSU's Meagan Ganzer had 12 kills with Stephanie Hagins (.400) and Jaicee Harris each adding four kills. Ver'Leea Hardaway led the Cougars with three blocks, Camryn Irwin had 24 assists and Shawna Lum had 10 digs.
"USC doesn't make mistakes. And a team that doesn't make mistakes and has that many weapons is obviously a very good team," first year WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I thought we did some good things tonight: our block was in the right place a lot of times but when you're 6-5 going against 5-9 there is not a lot we can do to defend that. We have to keep fighting in practice and get better and keep working on the things that will make us better down the road."
USC hit an outstanding .441 in the first set with Lauren Williams tagging six kills (.417) en route to a 25-17 win. WSU's Ganzer landed five kills but the Cougars only mustered a .147 hitting percentage.
The Cougars offensive efficiency improved in the second set but did not produce enough points and could not keep up with the Women of Troy. USC claimed the set 25-15, hitting .429 as WSU hit .318.
The third set was more of the same with USC committing only two errors in 32 attacks with 17 kills for a .469 hitting percentage while the Cougars hit .074.
"What a pair of teams to start out the Pac-12," Ganzer said. "It was a challenging weekend but I think we could have played a lot better. We will have a different mindset in practice this week because we have been going against teams that aren't ranked, aren't 6-8, aren't experienced. I looked across the net tonight and I saw Kendall Bateman and Natalie Hagglund and I've been looking at them for three years now. We have to come out a lot more prepared than we did."
Washington State travels next weekend to play at Arizona State Friday, Sept. 23, and at Arizona Sunday, Sept. 24.