Oct. 29, 2011
PULLMAN - Meagan Ganzer and Chelsey Bettinson combined for 29 kills to lead the Washington State volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 win over Arizona State Saturday night in Bohler Gym. WSU moves to a record of 12-12 overall, 4-10 in Pac-12 action. Arizona State falls to 5-18 overall, 1-13 in conference play.
Ganzer had a match-high 18 kills and hit .385 while freshman Bettinson tallied a career-high 121 kills, hit .562 and led the match with four blocks. Camryn Irwin set up 44 assists while Jordan Levenseller and Shawna Lum combined for 21 digs.
Ashley Kastl led ASU with 14 kills and was the lone player on her team in double-digits. Shannon McCready had 34 assists and one ace. Stephanie Preach and Jenny Teslevich combined for 24 digs.
WSU hit a season-high .350 and held ASU to a .158 hitting percentage and the Cougs had six team blocks with Arizona State being shut out of the blocking statistics. There were no ties or lead changes throughout the match.
"Last night we broke out a new lineup, one that we had been working on a little bit all week and we thought offensively it would give us the best chance to win," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I don't know that we were completely comfortable with it (last night) especially since we were playing three freshmen and three sophomores. The team seemed more comfortable tonight and confident. Those are big numbers for Chelsey Bettinson, a freshman who hasn't played middle in two years in high school and only played middle for us the past week."
Cougars took a 14-8 lead in the first set when ASU closed the gap to three at 16-13. The Sun Devils denied the Cougars set point three times forcing WSU to take a timeout with the score 24-21. The next play only brought ASU closer as the Cougs could not return serve. Finally Ganzer slammed her seventh kill of the set to the back line and WSU won 25-22. Cougars hit .355 in the opener and held ASU to a .195 hitting percentage.
Cougars led the second set from the first serve, taking the 25-17 win. WSU hit .324 and kept ASU at a .077 hitting percentage. Ganzer added another eight kills in this set.
WSU could not shake the Sun Devils in the third set as the visitors stayed within two points most of the set. WSU persevered and took the set 25-20.
"We played with composure tonight. I think we figured out what it meant to compete for the whole game," Ganzer said. "It helped that we changed what we do between the second and third set, not cooling down and having a shorter intermission. Staying mentally in the game is what carried us through."
Washington State travels to Los Angeles next weekend for matches at No. 4 USC (18-4, 13-2) and No. 6 UCLA (20-3, 13-2).