Sept. 9, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team took a 25-23, 25-23, 25-11 win over Manhattan College Friday afternoon at the Nike Cougar Challenge Tournament at Bohler Gym.
WSU, now 6-2 on the season, was led by senior Meagan Ganzer's 14 kills and .357 hitting percentage. Freshman Ver'Leea Hardaway contributed 10 kills while Marcelina Glab led the match with six blocks. Shawn Lum was the match-leader with 10 digs and Camryn Irwin had 30 assists.
Manhattan College, coached by former Cougar volunteer coach Mark Jones, moves to 3-3 on the season. The Jaspers, from Riverdale, NY, were led the Malia McGuinness's 12 kills. LaKell Havens had a match-high three aces. Havens and Mariana Furquim each had three blocks. Hollegn Henderson had 22 assists.
WSU hit .237 for the match and held Manhattan College to .052 team hitting percentage.
The Cougars held onto a two-point lead through most of the opener to take the first set win 25-23. Manhattan College roared back in the second set to take a commanding 16-9 lead only to have the Cougar battle back to tie the set at 19. After trading points for three more ties, WSU went on to win 25-23 with the final five points of the set coming from attack or service errors. The third set was determined when WSU scored eight consecutive points to take a 16-7 lead. The Cougars also scored the final six points.
In the tournament opening match Friday morning, San Francisco (4-3) defeated Sam Houston State (5-4) 25-15, 25-17, 27-25. Friday evening matches have Sam Houston State taking on Manhattan College at 4:30 p.m. and WSU meeting San Francisco at 7 p.m.