Nov. 13, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team (12-16, 4-14) waged a good battle but fell to No. 3 Stanford (20-5, 14-5) Sunday afternoon in set scores of 25-23, 25-11, 19-25, 25-15, in Bohler Gym.
The Cardinal was led by Rachel Williams' 16 kills (.455) and 13 digs while Carly Wopat added 13 kills (.545) and led the match with seven blocks. Karissa Cook had 47 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. Kyle Gilbert landed three aces. Stanford hit .363 for the match and held WSU to .171.
"I thought we fought hard and was really proud of the way we responded in the third by coming back and playing really well," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "When our passing was good out team was good and I thought we passed well in both the first and the third sets. And we obviously had some success in both of those sets. When our passing wasn't good we became very predictable and then it's hard to win against a team as good as Stanford.
The first set was highly competitive see-saw battle with 19 ties and seven lead changes. Stanford's 406 hitting percentage certainly dwarfed WSU's .154 but the Cougars battled throughout. With even hitting from the WSU lineup, and in spite of the Cardinal's five blocks, WSU was in contention until the final serve when out of position players let the ball drop to the floor. Stanford takes the set 25-23.
Momentum won the second set as the visitors roared off to a 25-11 win, hitting .522 and holding the home team to a .065 hitting percentage.
After the break, the Cougars resumed their competitive and aggressive play, taking an 11-7 lead. WSU held off a Stanford charge with tie scores at 17 and 18 points. Four kills from Ganzer and one from Bettinson, combined with an errant attack by Stanford, gave WSU the 25-19 set win. WSU hit .342 in the set and Stanford had it lowest hitting percentage on the day at .216. Bettinson contributed four blocks in the set.
Stanford took an early fourth set lead and WSU battled to close the gap to 18-14. But a comeback was not to be as the Cardinal raced off to a 25-15 win.
Washington State travels to Colorado (5-22, 0-19) and Utah (9-19, 4-15) next weekend.