Oct. 14, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Washington State volleyball team lost to No. 7 Stanford in scores of 25-13, 25-21, 25-6 at Maples Pavilion Friday night. WSU drops to 11-8 overall, 3-6 in Pac-12 while Stanford advances to a record of 13-3, 7-3.
Senior Megan Ganzer was the lone Cougar in double-figures kills with 10 while also leading the team with eight digs. Junior Rachel Todorovich contributed nine kills (.280), and sophomore Marcelina Glab tallied five kills in seven attacks with no errors for a .714 hitting percentage but the Cougars managed to hit only .128 on the night. Camryn Irwin had 24 assists and Chelsey Bettinson led the Cougs with four blocks.
Rachel Williams and Lydia Bai combined for 25 kills to lead the Cardinal while hitting .357 and .455 respectively. Karissa Cook had 36 assists and Hannah Benjamin had 10 digs. Williams led the match with three aces.
"From the very beginning we couldn't get into (a good passing) rhythm," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "When we did pass well, Marcelina Glab did a great job of getting going. She had no errors tonight and Rachel hit well too but our passing was atrocious and it is not a good outcome when that happens. We didn't come out with the right mental focus and with a young team they might be playing the name on the jersey. I thought that if we took care of business and played well that we would have a chance but we didn't come out and do that. I think every team in the Pac-12 is beatable on any given night and I don't know if our players are approaching it that way right now."
Stanford opened the match hitting .387 and landed five aces in the first set. WSU hit .167 in the opener but scored only two points off its own serve and fell 25-13.
WSU played much more competitively in the second set, scoring five straight points late in the second set to close the Stanford lead to 23-21. Williams' tagged a big kill to put the Cardinal serving for set. Carly Wopat's successful attack ended the set in Stanford's favor, 25-21.
The Cougars could not come back with any momentum in the third set as the Cardinal hit .556 and won 25-6. WSU was held to a -.103 hitting percentage.
Washington State meets No. 4 California (18-2, 8-2) in Berkeley Saturday night. Cal defeated No. 2 Washington Friday night with scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 27-25.