Sept. 2, 2011
PORTLAND - Senior Meagan Ganzer had a career-high 31 kills to lead the Washington State volleyball team to a 3-2 win over the University of Portland Friday night at the Portland Nike Invitational the Chiles Center.
WSU moves to a 4-1 record with the 25-19, 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-12 win over Portland which drops to 2-4.
Ganzer, from Black Diamond, Wash., had two 30-kill matches last season and with her 31 kills Friday night she moved into seventh place on the WSU all-time career kills list with 1,055. She hit .379 in the match and had 10 digs. Rachel Todorovich contributed 10 kills and hit .333. Setter Camryn Irwin had 56 assists and led the Cougars with five blocks and three aces. Shawna Lum and Maile Scarpino combined for 32 digs.
Portland had five players in double-digit kills with Kate Bostwick leading the team with 15. Monica Jordan had 51 assists and Jacquelin Rodriguez had 13 digs. WSU out-blocked the Pilots 10 to 4.
"I liked the way we fought back," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We really struggled in the fourth set; the passing really broke down and we couldn't get anything going. But I liked the way we responded and in set number five. We really fought back and put it away."
Ganzer banged home nine kills in the Cougars' 25-19 first set win. WSU hit .353 in the opener and held the Pilot to a .111 team hitting percentage.
Portland took a 21-14 lead in the second set and extended to a 25-20 win. The Pilots revved up and .412 with the Cougars hitting .241.
WSU regain the momentum after the 2-3 set break and controlled the third set, taking the 25-18 win. Unfortunately, just as quickly Portland grabbed the momentum back to take the fourth set with a score of 25-17.
The fifth set was knotted at nine with Ganzer landed her final three kills and Irwin laced her third ace of the match. Final set score was 15-12 and WSU claimed its second-five set match victory in the past three matches.
Washington State takes on two more foes Saturday at the Portland Nike Invitational: Butler (0-5) at noon and Texas A&M (5-0) at 5:30 p.m.