PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team swept Texas Tech in Friday’s night cap at the Cougar Challenge Tournament before 645 fans in Bohler Gym. The Cougars remained undefeated on the season at 5-0 after the 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 defeat of Texas Tech (5-2) and an earlier 25-21, 25-11, 25-19 win over Eastern Washington.
WSU freshman Kyra Holt (Hercules, Calif.) had 10 kills to lead the Cougars while juniors Jaicee Harris (Chelan, Wash.) and Ver’Leea Hardaway (Mission Viejo, Calif.) each had nine kills. Harris and Kate Sommer (sophomore, Pacific Palisades, Calif.) tallied 11 digs each with senior Camryn Irwin (Brush Prairie, Wash.) setting up 33 assists and served two aces. Marcelina Glab (senior, Watertown, SD) had five blocks to lead the match.
The Red Raiders were led by Aubree Piper’s 12 kills, Rachel Brummitt’s 15 digs, and Emily Ruetter’s 33 assists. Texas Tech hit .142 for the match and had two blocks. WSU hit .273 and had eight blocks.
Earlier Friday, Hardaway and Holt tallied 11 kills each to lead WSU in the 3-0 win over Eastern Washington. Hardaway hit .667 for the match and had three blocks while Holt hit .348. Harris had 10 kills with a .450 hitting percentage, and Glab had eight kills, hit .636 and led the match with five blocks. Irwin had 33 assists. The Eagles statistical leaders were Melissa Waelter with eight kills, Allison Doerpinghaus with three blocks, and LindsayNiemeier with 14 assists and eight digs. Cougars hit .463 for the match, including a .773 second set, and out-blocked EWU eight to three.
“Overall today, we did really well,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “Camryn Irwin did a spectacular job distributing the ball and I’m proud of how all of our hitters came out and took care of business today. One area we really excelled in today was offensively, especially during the first match against Eastern Washington. We performed really, really well. Maybe not quite as nice of a job against Texas Tech but they did a nice job defensively. Overall, our hitters attacked the ball and really excelled offensively. It’s always great when we can play at home. It was a great crowd that came out for both of our matches today. We are really excited about that and it’s nice to have the freshmen feel what it’s really like to be at home and to have that advantage.”
In other tournament action Friday, Texas Tech defeated Montana 3-1, South Dakota defeated Montana 3-2, and South Dakota defeated Eastern Washington 3-2.
Saturday’s Cougar Challenge schedule is South Dakota vs. Texas Tech at 11 a.m., WSU vs. Montana at 1 p.m., Texas Tech vs. Eastern Washington at 6 p.m. and WSU vs. South Dakota at 8 p.m. All matches are in Bohler Gym.