WEST POINT, NY -- Kyra Holt and junior Jaicee Harris had double-doubles Sunday to lead the Washington State volleyball team (3-0) to a 25-19, 16-25, 25-18, and 25-12 win over Army (0-3) at the Black Knights Invitational Tournament in Gillis Field House in West Point, NY.
WSU won the tournament with a 3-0 record followed Alabama (2-1), Seton Hall (1-2) and Army (0-3). Holt was named the tournament MVP and Cougar teammates Camryn Irwin and Ver’Leea Hardaway were selected to the all-tournament team. Other all-tourney selections were Krystal Rivers and Katherine White from Alabama, Seton Hall’s Shelbey Manthorpe and Army’s DJ Phee.
Holt, a freshman outside hitter from Hercules, Calif., and one of the Cougars’ 14th-ranked recruiting class, led the team Sunday with 21 kills, hitting .515 and 14 digs while Harris tallied 10 kills and 17 digs. Ver’Leea Hardaway added 11 kills and Marcelina Glab had five blocks. Irwin set up 49 assists and served three aces. Kate Sommer tallied 14 digs.
Army’s stats leaders were Olivia Fairfield with 11 kills, Mary Vaccaro with 27 assists, Phee with 14 digs and Alexandra Bell with three blocks. Army hit .071 for the match while WSU hit .240 as a team. The Cougars out-blocked the Black Knights eight to four.
“I think this was a great tournament. We were challenged a little bit and played really well at times and struggled at times as well,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “It was great to play someone else this weekend and see some other systems and be able to make adjustments during the match. To come out 3-0, I’m very happy about that.”
When asked about Glab and Hardaway’s play Greeny said, “As a middle in my playing days, I like to see us playing well at that position. If was can run the middles and they can be offensive weapons for us we’re going to be successful. All the hitters in general have done great job and really improving and I’m sure it’s nice for Jaicee to have some other people getting the sets. And our passing has improved from last year. Kyra has been amazing. It will be interesting to see, as just a freshman, how she holds up. She’s been great so far. And Camryn has done a tremendous job all preseason and improved every single match this weekend. I’m happy with what she’s doing right now.”
Washington State returns to Pullman to host the Cougar Challenge Tournament Sept 6 and 7 in Bohler Gym. The Cougars take on Eastern Washington, Montana, South Dakota and Texas Tech.