PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team celebrated seniors Marcelina Glab and Camryn Irwin Wednesday night but was not able to celebrate a victory as Oregon swept the Cougars 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 before 967 fans in Bohler Gym.
WSU (18-14 overall, 5-14 Pac-12) was led by Jaicee Harris’ nine kills, nine digs and two blocks. Glab added seven kills and three blocks while Irwin had 27 assists and the Cougars’ lone ace of the night. Kate Sommer had 13 digs.
Oregon (18-11 overall, 11-8 Pac-12) was led by Liz Brenner’s 15 kills while Ariana Williams added 12 kills and Martenne Bettendorf had 11 kills. Serena Warner led the match with five blocks and Canace Finley added four more. Lauren Plum had 43 assists. The Ducks hit .324 for the match and held WSU to a .118 hitting percentage. Blocks were close with Oregon stopping nine and WSU eight.
“It is tough when you have to play an opponent for the first time all season,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “They play a different game and really speed things up. Our defense and our blocking just weren’t good enough and that’s what killed us. (looking toward the Friday match in Seattle) “Washington is a great team with a lot of weapons. They are much different from the Oregon team. We are going to have to get our blocking and defense going along with getting our hitter back on track.”
When asked to reflect upon the Cougars seniors, Glab and Irwin, Greeny said, “Both have done great things for the program. They’re exceptionally hard-working and great people overall. They both mean a lot to this program and heading in the right direction.”
The Cougars travel to Seattle to meet No. 5 Washington (25-2, 17-2) Friday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. and broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.