Sept. 3, 2011
PORTLAND - The Washington State volleyball team finished in second place after a 3-0 loss to the tournament champions from Texas A&M Saturday evening at the Portland Nike Invitational the Chiles Center.
An experienced Texas A&M team took the match with scores of 27-25, 25-15 and 25-18 to win the tournament title at 4-0 and remain undefeated at 7-0 overall. A very young WSU team moves to a 5-2 record.
The Aggies had a trio of hitters in Lindsey Miller, Tori Mellinger and Kelsey Black combine for 34 kills as TAMU hit .333 for the match. Allie Sawatzky had 31 assists and Miller and Elise Hendrickson each tallied four blokcs. Megan Pendergast led the match with 10 digs and Alisia Kastmo tallied three aces.
WSU's Meagan Ganzer was the lone Cougar in double-digit kills with 12 and led the team with two aces. Camryn Irwin had 22 kills and led the team with eight digs. Ver'Leea Hardaway had three blocks. WSU hit a mere .111 for the 77-minute match.
The first set was a battle throughout as the score was knotted 17 times and there were six lead changes before TAMU scored two consecutive points to win 27-25. The Cougars struggled the final two sets as the youth tired in this fourth match in two days.
"I thought we came out really well and that first set was a tough one to lose. I thought everyone was contributing and pretty calm but in the second set we started to press. When a young team does that a lot of unforced errors occur," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "If we would have taken that first set we would have had some confidence going into the second and third sets Texas A&M did have that confidence. They are a great, great team and they will have a lot of success this season."
WSU hosts the Nike Cougar Challenge Sept. 9 & 10 in Bohler Gym with teams from Manhattan College, Sam Houston State and San Francisco coming to Pullman. This weekend will also be a WSU Volleyball Alumni Reunion Weekend with many great players from past Cougar teams coming to Pullman for the weekend.