Oct. 8, 2011
PULLMAN - Meagan Ganzer's 19 kills led the Washington State volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-23, 25-12 win over Colorado Saturday night in Bohler Gym to move to the Cougars to an 11-7 overall record and 3-5 record in Pac-12 matches. Colorado drops to 5-12 overall and 0-9 in conference.
Ganzer, who hit .375 in the match, also served three aces and had two blocks on the night. Setter Camryn Irwin had 26 assists and five blocks while Marcelina Glab contributed another five blocks and Chelsey Bettinson added four blocks in addition to her six kills (.444). Jordan Levenseller had a match-high 13 digs.
Kerra Schroeder had 12 kills and 12 digs to lead the Buffaloes. Emily Alexis added 10 kills and Alyssa Valentine had 31 assists. WSU out-blocked CU 15 to four.
"We told the players they needed to play (tonight) as if they had nothing to lose," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Whether it was outward or inward pressure last night during the Utah match, I didn't think our players handled that pressure very well. Tonight we wanted to not worry about winning or losing but worry about one point at a time. The first two sets were tight and Colorado did a great job of digging some balls but I'm proud of the way we fought back and definitely responded in set three."
First set was close throughout and tied at 20-all. Colorado went up on an attack and then tied it up again with an error. Ganzer's back-to-back cross court slams put the Cougars up 23-21. The Buffs gained a point on a Cougar lift and then knotted it up again when a Ganzer attack went left of the court. Jaicee Harris' ended a rally with a slam from the back row and Chelsey Bettinson's kill gave the home team the 25-23 win. Ganzer had seven kills in the opener and hit .400 and the Cougars had an impressive five blocks in this set.
The Buffs took a 16-12 lead in the second set and WSU battled back to within one when Colorado had a four-point run for a 20-15 lead. The Cougars battled back to tie the set at 22 and took the lead on a huge block by Bettinson and Irwin. Schroeder's kill knotted the score for CU at 23. Ganzer landed her eighth attack of the set on the left line and the Buffs next attack went out of bounds to give WSU the 25-23 win.
WSU led the third set from start to finish, hitting .240 but kept Colorado to a -.065 hitting percentage. Cougars took the set 25-12.
"I thought our passing was good and therefore we could be in system," Greeny said. "Ganzer again had a great night and that was great for her because she struggled a little last night. We were able to get our middles going and I thought Chelsey Bettinson did a good job of coming in and being a force."
Washington State travels to the Bay area next weekend to take on No. 7 Stanford (12-3, 6-3) and No. 4 California (16-2, 6-2).