Sophomore Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 12 kills and contributed eight digs. Stephanie Logan had seven kills with no errors in eight attacks for a match-high and career-high .875 hitting percentage. Chelsey Bettinson added five kills, two aces and had a match-high and career-high seven blocks. Jaicee Harris had six kills, six digs and four blocks. Haley MacDonald had 33 assists and Kate Sommer added eight digs.
Wyoming’s Kayla Slofkiss and Bridget Shanahan combined for 25 of the Cowgirls’ 44 kills. Courtney Chacon had 41 assists while Lily Austin led the match with 14 digs.
WSU out-blocked Wyoming 12 to five but the Cowgirls hit .275 for the match while the Cougars hit .189. The match had 37 ties and 16 lead changes.
“They didn’t make a whole lot of errors down the stretch and it seemed like those were the times we were making unforced errors. We needed to take advantage of those opportunities,” WSU fourth-year Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “It’s hard in the first match of the season because you’re not quite sure what to expect (of the opponents). They didn’t make many mistakes and kept the ball in play. We have to make adjustments when playing a team that is playing well.”
This was the first season-opening match the Cougars have lost since 2004 when UNLV took a 3-2 win in Las Vegas.
Saturday, Aug. 30, the Cougars play host team Montana at 11 a.m. PT, and then takes on Cal Poly at 4 p.m. PT. All road matches for WSU volleyball in 2014 are available online, free of charge, at www.wsucougars.com