PULLMAN, Wash. -- A pair of freshmen led the Washington State volleyball team (11-0) to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-17 win over Idaho (6-5) before a crowd of 1,223 in Bohler Gym in the first match of the Cougar Invitational tournament.
WSU’s 11-0 season start ties the 2009 and 2002 Cougar teams’ records but has a way to go to equal the 1997 team which had Head Coach Jen (Stinson) Greeny and assistant coach Shannon (Wyckoff) Hunt as players and raced to a 16-0 record.
Cougars were led by Kyra Holt with 13 kills and fellow rookie Emmy Allen who added 10 kills and hit .391. Camryn Irwin tallied four kills, hit .667, served four aces and had 35 assists which moved her into fourth-place on the WSU career records list with 2,741 assists. Jaicee Harris had a match-high 13 digs and Marcelina Glab and Ver’Leea Hardaway each had three blocks.
Idaho’s stats leader was Jessica Hastriter with 13 kills and a .310 hitting percentage. Meredith Coba had 28 assists. Taylor Wilkinson led the match with five blocks, and Jenna Ellis had 12 digs. The Vandals did not serve an ace tonight but gave up six to the Cougars.
“I thought Idaho did a great job, their outside hitters performed really well and we had trouble slowing them down, but our hitters did a pretty good job as well and I thought our serving tonight was great,” Greeny said. “I did see a couple of freshman moments from our new kids but that’s definitely going to happen and that’s what the preseason is for. I’m really pleased overall with our team and the way that we have performed in every single match whether it goes three or it goes five.”
WSU at plays Seattle U (2-11) Friday at 11 a.m. and Nevada at 7 p.m. that night in Bohler Gym.