Oct. 15, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Washington State volleyball team lost to No. 4 California Saturday night with set scores of 25-22, 25-19, 25-18 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. The Golden B3ears improved to a record of 19-2 overall, 9-2 in Pac-12 while WSU's record falls to 11-9, 3-7.
Tarrah Murrey led California with 12 kills (.385) and 12 digs. Elly Barrett put up 39 assists and Robin Rothstratter led the match with 15 digs. Cal out-blocked the Cougars 11 to five with Barrett, Corey Johnson, Kat Brown and Lillian Schonewise each having three blocks.
Meagan Ganzer was the Cougar leader with 12 kills while Marcelina Glab had six kills and led the match with four blocks. Camryn Irwin had 24 assists and Jaicee Harris and Jordan Levenseller led the team with seven digs each. Levenseller's two service aces led the match.'
"We made some silly unforced errors and couldn't really get our block going," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We were right there and the timing wasn't quite right or we were out of position. The team responded with what we wanted them to do with much improved passing and serving tonight. One thing at a time. Now we have played both these teams and we'll get them again in Pullman and hopefully will respond and put it all together next time."
WSU took an early first set lead at 7-3 lead but watched as California went on a 10-2 run and then extended to the lead to 20-15. The Cougars scored four straight points with kills from Ganzer, Glab and Harris before the Bears stopped the run. WSU was still in contention and tied the set at 21-all before relinquishing three consecutive points to the home team. Ganzer tagged WSU's final point of the set but committed an attack error on the final play and Cal took the 25-22 win.
In the second set the score was knotted at six points when the Bears out-scored the Cougars 14 to seven to take a 20-13 advantage. WSU could only close the gap to five points and the Bears took the set win with a score of 25-19. Cal hit .379 in the set and held WSU to a .031 hitting percentage.
Tied at seven in the early part of the third set, California leaped to a 22-12 lead before the Cougars strung together six straight points, mostly from errors made by the Bears to close the score to 22-18. The more experienced team won out, taking this set 25-18 and the match three-zero.
Washington State continues with Pac-12 road matches playing next at Oregon (12-6, 5-5) Oct. 21 and at Oregon State (11-9, 3-7) Oct. 22.