Sept. 30, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team captured its second Pac-12 win of the season with a 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 win over Oregon State Friday night before 847 fans in Bohler Gym and a live television audience on ROOT Sports NW.
WSU moved to 10-5 overall, 2-3 in Pac-12 play while Oregon State is now 11-4 overall, 3-2 in conference action.
Meagan Ganzer had a match-high 18 kills and hit .343 for the night with Marcelina Glab adding 10 kills and hitting .389. Camryn Irwin set up 34 assists and served up two aces. Jordan Levenseller had 17 digs and Stephanie Hagins had four blocks.
Oregon State's Camille Saxton had 11 kills and four blocks. Arica Nassar led the match with five blocks and Ashley Eneliko added four more stops at the net. Setters Megan McBride and Tayla Woods combined for 26 assists and Becky Defoe led the Beavers with eight digs.
"The win at Arizona State really played a lot into the belief of `hey, we can do this'," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Even though we're young, (our experienced players) Rachel and Megan are believing that this isn't last year and we're going to do some different things this year. The players worked really, really hard in practice this week and we saw lightbulbs going off and a different mentality."
The opening set was a see-saw battle with 12 ties and five lead changes. But most of the ties were early in the set and WSU powered through with an evenly spread offense from Ganzer (4 kills), Hagins (3), and Glab (3). OSU's Nassar had four blocks as the Beavs tallied five team stops at the net to the Cougars' one. WSU hit .290 in the set but kept the visitors to a .000 hitting percentage.
After trailing most of the second set, WSU came back to take a 15-14 lead. OSU had its own come back and tied the set at 22. Ganzer got a rollshot off the OSU back row and Todorovich had two slams that put the Cougs serving for set. Eneliko countered with a point for the Beavers but it was all over when Ganzer slammed home her 13th kill of the match and WSU took the 25-23 win.
The Cougars took a 6-5 lead in the third set and did not look back. WSU hit only .212 but kept Oregon State to a .053 hitting percentage. Kills from Ganzer, Glab, Rachel Todorovich and Jaicee Harris put the set away with a score of 25-18, and WSU walks away with the sweep.
Washington State takes on No. 15 and Pac-12 leading Oregon (11-2, 4-1) Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym. The Ducks were swept by No. 3 Washington Friday night in Seattle.