Sept. 23, 2011
TEMPE - Senior Meagan Ganzer had 30 kills to lead the Washington State volleyball team from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Arizona State 3-2 in Tempe Friday night. For WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny it was her first Pac-12 coaching win but for the Cougars it was the first conference win since Nov. 27, 2009, when WSU defeated Oregon State 3-2 in Pullman.
WSU moves to 9-4 overall, 1-2 in Pac-12 defeated Arizona State (4-8, 0-3) with set scores of 18-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19, 15-13.
Ganzer hit .308 in the match as she landed the 30 kills on 65 attempts with10 errors and added 11 digs. Rachel Todorovich added 11 kills (.333) as Camryn Irwin tossed up 54 assists. Shawna Lum had 19 digs and Jordan Levenseller had a career-high 18 digs while both Lum and Levenseller had a pair of aces. Stephanie Hagins led the Cougars with four blocks.
ASU freshman Nora Tuioti-Mariner led the team with 17 kills, hit .438, and led the match with six blocks. Erica Wilson, Ashley Kastl, and Danica Medivil combined for another 36 kills. Sarah McGaffin had 56 assists and Stephanie Preach, Caitlyn Murphy and Tuioti-Mariner combined for 42 digs.
"I thought in the second set we had our chances and we made a couple of silly errors down the stretch there and we definitely could have taken set two but we didn't. And then we fought back in the third set and that momentum really carried over. The way volleyball works with momentum you never know," Greeny said. "I thought our blocking picked up in that third set and I thought Jordan Levenseller did a great job playing back there at libero after we switched the jerseys around. Meagan Ganzer did a great job of mixing up her shots tonight and finding the holes and that is what we need her to do."
The Sun Devils led the first set from the first serve and landed 16 attacks with only one error compared to WSU's nine successful attacks with four errors.
The second set had 14 ties and five lead changes with WSU going ahead for most of the middle of the set and taking a 21-19 lead. But ASU scored back-to-back points to knot the set. The two teams then traded points to have ties at 22, 23, and 24. ASU's McGaffin landed a kill and Wilson served an ace and the Sun Devils went into the break with a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars started the third set in a five-zero hole but kept battling. WSU scored three straight points to come back to within one at 17-16 but the home team went ahead again 20-18. The Cougars took the first lead at 22-21 when the Sun Devils' attack went into the net. ASU tied the set at 22 when Ganzer slammed a ball down to put WSU up by one. On the next serve Ganzer had an errant hit on the next play that hit the antenna to knot the set at 23. Preach's serve didn't clear the net and Wilson's attack went awry to have WSU take the third set 25-23.
WSU took a 16-9 lead in the fourth set. The Sun Devils fought back but WSU rallied to maintain the momentum and grab a 25-19 win and force a fifth set.
The Cougars had an 8-6 lead at the turning point of the fifth set but ASU roared by to go ahead 10-9. WSU came back to take an 11-10 lead and then the points see-sawed until Ganzer's 30th kill put WSU up 14-12. Wilson landed a cross court kill to stop WSU's first match point attempt. On the second match point Jaicee Harris' attack was successful and the visitors took the 15-13 win.
Washington State plays at Arizona (9-3, 1-2) Sunday, Sept. 24, for a 1 p.m. match in Tucson. The Wildcats were swept by No. 4 Washington 27-25, 25-18, 25-10 Friday night.