Nov. 25, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team ended the 2011 season with a 3-2 loss to No. 11 Washington Friday night before 551 fans at Bohler Gym. With set scores of UW 21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-4, UW moved to 23-7 overall and 15-7 in Pac-12 while the Cougars dropped to 12-20 overall and 4-18, in the conference standings.
Krista Vansant led the Huskies with 25 kills and Kylin Munoz chipped in another 16 kills. Summer Ross led the match with seven blocks while Bianca Rowland and Lauren Barfield each added another six blocks. Setters Jenni Nogueras and Evan Sanders combined for 61 assists and Jenna Orlandini had 27 digs. UW out-blocked WSU 13.5 to 8.
WSU senior Meagan Ganzer, playing in her final collegiate match, led the match with 29 kills and had eight digs and three blocks. Jaicee Harris had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, and Rachel Todorovich added 13 kills. Marcelina Glab tagged eight kills and led WSU with four blocks. Shawna Lum led the team with 15 digs while Camryn Irwin threw up 57 assists and had 14 digs.
"It was a tough loss. Anytime you're playing your rival anything can happen," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I'm proud of the way this team fought and didn't give up the entire season. They really came out fighting tonight. I thought Ganzer closed her Cougar career with a solid match."
WSU opened up with an 11-7 lead in the first set but the Huskies rallied back to take a 15-14 lead. After eight more ties, WSU went ahead 21-18 and the visitors took a timeout. Ross and Rowland teamed up on a block and Ross served an ace to close WSU's lead to one, 21-20. Glab's landed an attack in the middle and then teamed up with Ganzer on a block for a 23-20 WSU lead. Ganzer drilled a ball to the Huskies' back line to put the Cougars serving for the set. Rowland landed a soft tip to give UW 21. Harris and Glab blocked Ross for the 25-21 WSU win. Ganzer had eight kills and hit .462 in the opener as the Cougars hit .400 and UW hit .212.
WSU carried the momentum into the second set and with crafty offensive plays leapt to a 19-15 lead. But the Huskies fought back and capitalized on Cougar service errors to close the gap to 21-20. After a WSU timeout, Todorovich scored on a roll shot and Ross countered with a slam to the Cougar back line but served the next ball out of bounds. Up 23-21, Lum served into the net. Ganzer's kill put the Cougs at set point, 24-22, but Ross tipped the ball to force another serve. Ganzer put the ball down in the Husky front court for her ninth kill of the set and WSU took the 25-23 win.
UW took the lead in the third set at 12-11 and the Cougars kept within two until tying the set at 19. WSU went ahead 24-22 on a tip from Harris but WSU was called for four hits on the first match point serve. Vansant's attack knotted the set at 24 and after a WSU timeout put the Huskies serving for set. Ganzer hit into the net and UW escaped with a 26-24 win.
The Huskies ran up a 12-5 fourth set lead. The Cougs cut the lead to three at 20-17 but could not overcome the UW's .464 hitting percentage. Huskies take the fourth set 25-19.
The fifth set was all Washington as the No. 11 Huskies dominated with a .818 hitting percentage as the Cougars hit .000. Final set score was 15-4.
NOTE: This was the final match of the 2011 season for the Cougars under first-year Head Coach Jen Greeny. Ganzer's career kills total of 1,531 is third-best in WSU all-time records.