Freshman Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 12 kills, 12 digs and six blocks. Marcelina Glab had 10 kills and six blocks. Ver’Leea Hardaway had 10 kills in 22 attacks with no errors for a 455 hitting percentage. Emmy Allen landed seven kills with a .538 hitting percentage. Camryn Irwin had 36 assists and Jaicee Harris had a pair of aces. WSU hit .201 for the match.
UCLA’s leaders were Karsta Lowe with 22 kills, Maddy Klineman with 15 kills and four blocks, Karly Drolson with 16 digs and Megan Moenoa with 52 assists. The Bruins hit .265 for the match and barely had the edge in blocks, eight to seven.
“I thought we did some great things in the second set and started out well in the third and then our passing broke down. And when that happens we become pretty predictable and we couldn’t get the ball back to our middles. Then it’s hard to get that momentum back and it’s such a game of momentum,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “I thought Emmy Allen did a nice job coming in and our middles did a really good job too when we could get the ball to them. They had some players do some really nice things as well and I thought our defense maybe wasn’t as good as it has been, even last night at USC I thought our defense was a little bit better. Some good things that we can build on but we have to be able to play better for longer periods of time.”
WSU returns to Bohler Gym start the second half of the Pac-12 Conference season and will take on Colorado Nov. 1, and Utah Nov. 2.
“I think (playing the second half) will be nice, especially for our freshmen who at this time last year were playing high school volleyball,” Greeny said. “Now they have seen all these teams and players we’ve been talking about so hopefully in the second half of the season they will be more comfortable and used to playing this kind of volleyball.”