LOS ANGELES -- The Washington State volleyball team dropped to a 15-7 overall record and 2-7 in Pac-12 Conference action after falling to No. 4 USC (18-2, 8-1) in set scores of 25-18, 25-13, 25-19, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles Friday night.
WSU freshmen Hailey Bethune and Emmy Allen led the Cougars with seven and six kills, respectively, but the crimson-clad visitors could not overcome hitting a season-low of .088 as a team. Camryn Irwin had 16 assists and Kate Sommer had 14 digs. Kyra Holt added 10 digs and Ver’Leea Hardaway led the team with three blocks. Tani Stephens had the lone ace for WSU.
USC’s Samantha Bricio led the match with 12 kills, three aces and 12 digs. Alexis Olgard had eight kills in nine attacks for an .889 hitting percentage. Setters Hayley Crone and Alice Pizzasegola combined for 43 assists. Natalie Hagglund had 19 digs. USC hit .310 for the match
“They don’t make many errors,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “When we do have those opportunities sometimes we just couldn’t put the ball away. I thought we played really hard at times; there were some really long rallies and we dug a lot of balls but we couldn’t put the ball away to win those long rallies. To beat a team as good as USC you have to be able to win those long rallies. When our passing got into a rhythm we were able to do some really good things. I thought Hailey Bethune did a nice job tonight and she was able to put the ball away.”
WSU plays UCLA (11-7, 2-6 pending 10/25 match versus Non. 5 Washington) in Westwood Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.