Nov. 11, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team (12-15, 4-13) lost to No. 5 California (24-4, 14-4) with set scores of 26-24, 25-20, 25-22 Friday night before 1,111 fans, the largest crowd of the season in Bohler Gym.
WSU senior Meagan Ganzer led the match with 19 kills and contributed seven digs, two blocks and one ace. She was the lone Cougar in double figure kills. Camryn Irwin had 33 assists and Jordan Levenseller has 10 digs. Marcelina Glab added four kills, two aces and two blocks.
The Golden Bears were led by Tarah Murrey's 16 kills and three blocks. Shannon Hawari led the match with five blocks and Elly Barrett had 37 assists and four blocks. Correy Johnson contributed three service aces. Cal hit .340 for the match and out-blocked the Cougars eight to four.
"Obviously California is a great team," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I thought we did some things very well tonight, especially in the first set. I thought we came out with the right energy, intensity and attitude. We just made those small mistakes at the wrong times when we couldn't afford to make them. I thought Meagan Ganzer had a great night especially offensively and we just need more to go along with that to be able to upset these top-ranked teams."
In the first set WSU took an early 4-0 lead Cal tied it up at eight points, the first of eight ties in the set. WSU stayed close with late set play from Irwin contributing a setter's dump and an ace from defensive specialist Shawna Lum. Ganzer laced her ninth kill of the opener right down center court to knot up the score at 24. After a timeout by the Bears, Adrienne Gehan landed a kill to put the visitors serving for set point. Ganzer's attack on the next play went into the net and Cal took the 26-24 win.
The second set was tightly contested with WSU in the lead until Cal tied the score at 13 points. The Bears went up 20-16 before Cougar receiving errors and a very balanced offensive attack by Cal gave the Bears the 25-20 win.
The third set saw nine ties with the final knot coming at 18-all. WSU could not mount a strong offensive charge and when combined with the four successful attacks by Murrey, California took the 25-22 win.
Washington State hosts No. 3 Stanford (19-5, 13-5) Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Bohler Gym. The Cardinal lost 3-2 to Washington Friday night in Seattle.