Aug. 27, 2011
SEATTLE -- Senior Meagan Ganzer landed 25 kills and led the Washington State volleyball team to a 3-2 win over Seattle University and the tournament championship Saturday night with a 2-1 record at the Seattle University Fall Volley Tournament at the Connolly Center. WSU (2-1) defeated the Redhawks (1-2) with scores of 19-25, 25-21, 17-25, 26-24, and 15-12, and based on the head-to-head win over Santa Clara (2-1), the Cougars won the title.
Ganzer, from Black Diamond, Wash., scored a total of 72 kills in the tournament, earned Most Valuable Player honors and became the 11th Cougar to ever score 1,000 career kills. Ganzer's 1,008 kills moves her into 10th place in WSU all-time records, ahead of her coach, Jen Stinson Greeny, who tallied 1,006 kills in her 1995-98 career.
Ganzer, the lone senior on the WSU team said, "This is a huge honor and the girls on this team are the best support group I could have ever asked for. They are amazing and I am blessed. I'm so glad I got to share this with parents and family members, since it is so close to home."
"Meagan has been a great player here and this is such a great accomplishment and there will be many more to come," Greeny said. "Unfortunately, with such a young team we will probably rely on her a lot this year."
In addition to Ganzer's 25 kills and 13 digs,sophomore setter Camryn Irwin tallied 46 assists, four aces and 11 digs and was named to the all-tournament team. Freshman libero Shawn Lum led the match with 29 digs, Marcelina Glab landed five blocks, and Rachel Todorovich added 11 kills and three blocks.
Seattle U's Cristin Richards led the team with 21 kills, hit .442 and had 15 digs. Sarah Jaeckel and Kaytlyn Dill each added 14 kills while Lani Beadle had 18 digs. Megan Augustavo had 34 assists and Jacquie Brice had 27 assists.
In the first set, the Redhawks hit .310 and held the Cougars to a .000 hitting percentage, with Ganzer landing six of the Cougars' 19 successful attacks. WSU laced together five consecutive points in the middle of the second set to come from behind and take a 15-12 lead. Seattle U battled back and took the advantage at 20-19. The Cougars came alive, climbing back to a 22-20 lead. Ganzer scored the final two points for nine in the set, and WSU took the 25-21 win.
The Cougars could not sustain the momentum of the second set win and Seattle grabbed the third set win 25-17. Ganzer scored her 1,000th career point in the fourth set; she landed back-to-back attacks for WSU' 15th and 16th points. Down 23-16 in the fourth set, WSU rallied to score six straight points to go ahead 24-23. SU landed a kill but had attack errors on the next two serves handing the Cougars the 26-24 win.
The fifth set was a barn-burner with seven ties and three lead changes in the set but WSU out-lasted the home team to take a 15-12 win. Ganzer had six kills and Irwin tagged a pair of aces in the final set.
"I think we showed a lot of fight at the end which is typical of the teams we've had in the past; never give up, fight to the end and I'm really proud of the way we came back in the fourth and the fifth sets," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Camryn Irwin really got us back into the game just with her serving and her decision-making down the stretch. For just being a sophomore she showed a lot of leadership with a young and inexperienced team. Seattle was a tough team all weekend and they have a lot of great weapons. In that third set they hit .559 which is unbelievable. They will have a great year."
The Seattle U Fall Volley All-Tournament Team is: MVP - Meagan Ganzer, Washington State, Camryn Irwin, Washington State, Tanya Schmidt, Santa Clara, Dana Knudsen, Santa Clara, Cristin Richards, Seattle , University, and Cora Kellerman, Eastern Washington.
Washington State will compete in the University of Portland Nike Invitational next Friday and Saturday, taking on Nevada, Portland, Butler and Texas A&M.