Aug. 27, 2011
SEATTLE -- The Washington State volleyball team dropped a five-set match to Eastern Washington University Saturday afternoon at the Seattle University Fall Volley Tournament at the Connolly Center. The Eagles won with set scores of 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 20-25, 15-8 and both teams moved to a 1-1 record.
Cougar senior Meagan Ganzer led the match with 26 kills, placing her career total at 983 kills. Freshman Shawna Lum led the match with 22 digs and Camryn Irwin had 49 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. Jaicee Harris added 12 digs.
Cora Kellerman led EWU with 20 kills and 17 digs. Chenoa Rossi-Childress and Shelby Puckett combined for another 23 kills. Kelsey Julian led the match with eight blocks and Rossi-Childress added seven blocks as EWU out-blocked the Cougars 12 to 4. Puckett and Lindsay Niemeier contributed a combined 27 digs. The Eagles hit .214 for the match and held WSU to .173.
The Cougars struggled in the two-hour, nine-minute match, taking a keeping a lead in only the first set win. In the fifth set, EWU closed the win with five consecutive points.
"We made mistakes at crucial times and our youth really showed today whereas yesterday we were pretty composed," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Eastern Washington did a great job of moving their hitters around and we couldn't handle it today. I think our blocking really struggled compared with yesterday and that hurt us a lot along with ball-control and passing. We weren't able to really get our middles going like we did yesterday. We are going to have to get better and go back to the basics and figure out what we can do tonight against Seattle U."
Washington State meets host Seattle University (1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday.