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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Volleyball Wins Cougar Invite
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 09/20/2013
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PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team remained undefeated on the season in 13 matches after defeating Nevada (2-9) 25-8, 25-19, 20-25, 25-17 to win the Cougar Invitational Tournament Friday night in Bohler Gym.

Ver’Leea Hardaway, a junior from Mission Viejo, Calif., was named the tournament MVP and contributed 10 kills, hit .533 and had two blocks in the Friday night match. Marcelina Glab and Jaicee Harris were also named to the all-tournament team. Glab had eight kills, nit .583 and had four blocks. Harris had eight kills and 10 digs. Kyra Holt led the match with 13 kills, had four aces and four blocks. Camryn Irwin had 33 assists while Kate Sommer had 15 digs.

“Ver’Leea played really well considering she only played three out of the four sets tonight,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “Ver’Leea’s been really steady especially offensively. I’m really with the progress Ver’Leea has made.”

“I thought I played fairly well in the tournament,” Hardaway said. “When (assistant coach) Burdette (Greeny) read me my numbers I said, ‘really? That’s me?’ (she hit .733 in the win over Seattle). MVP was something I wasn’t expecting but the fact that I got it is really cool and I’m really grateful. I think we are trusting everyone more on the floor. I think you can see that when you watch our games. Everyone is doing their job so you can do yours. They have your back 100 percent.”

Nevada’s stats leaders were Tess Lea’ea with 11 kills and four blocks while Sam Willoughby, an all-tournament selection, led the match with five blocks. Taylar Rothfuss had a match-high 20 digs.

The Wolf Pack hit .000 or less for three of the four sets but in the third set hit .241 and held WSU to a .125 hitting percentage. Both teams accumulated nine blocks but WSU’s aggressive serving landed nine aces.

“We really wanted to get some other people some playing time as a reward for the hard work they’ve been doing,” Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “When you make those substitutions and adjustments the flow of the game changes and it’s not that those people didn’t do a good job but the momentum swung a little bit the wrong way.”

Other all-tournament selections were: Alec Goodrie from Seattle U, and Katelyn Peterson and Alyssa Schultz from Idaho

WSU has completed its non-conference schedule and will host undefeated No. 3 Washington Wed., Sept. 25, in Bohler Gym in a 7:30 p.m. match broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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