Sept. 5, 2009
OREM, Utah -- The Washington State volleyball team remained undefeated with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-22 sweep of No. 17 Utah Saturday morning at the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational being played in the Shurian Family Activity Center.
WSU (5-0) hit a blistering .478 with only seven errors in 90 attacks for the three-set match. Utah (4-2) hit a very respectable .357 for the match but suffered its second consecutive loss after dropping the tourney opener to Utah Valley last night, 3-1.
Senior Jackie Albright led all players in the match with 14 kills, hitting .407, added seven digs and a pair of aces. Freshman Rachel Todorovich had nine kills with no errors for a .562 hitting percentage and junior Brittany Tillman also had nine kills (.533). Sophomore Meagan Ganzer each had eight kills (.312) and a pair of blocks. Senior Cassie Robbins contributed five kills (.500) and led the match with three blocks. Senior setter Renee Bordelon had 36 assists but added five kills with no errors in six attacks for an .833 hitting percentage. Freshman Oceana Bush led the match with 11 digs and landed an ace.
Utah's Chelsey Sandberg was the only Ute in double-figure kills with 11 (.421). Stephanie Neeley had 22 assists and Abbey Simmons had 19 assists while Keisha Fisher had six digs.
"Defensively I thought we were real steady today," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "It is really frustrating as a team when the other team is picking up balls and digging up your best swings. In the first two sets Utah was taking really good swings but we were digging them up. They needed to hit three, four or five balls to put it down and we were able to dig all those up so they started pressing and roll shot-ing and trying to create kills for themselves but we were still picking those up."
WSU jumped out to an early lead and maintained a four-point lead for most of the second half of the set, going on to win 25-20. Both WSU's Todorovich and Utah's Hibbert had five kills. The Cougs hit an outstanding .500 in this set with 16 kills and only two errors in 28 attacks. Utah hit .310.
The second set was much like the first with the Cougars racing out to the lead and extending it to a 25-15 thumping. Albright led the Cougs with five kills and Ganzer added four kills as WSU hit .485 (18 kills, 2 errors, 33 attacks) in the set.
The Utes stepped up and played the Cougs tougher in the third set. WSU broke a 19-all tie and out-scored Utah six to three to grab the 25-22 win. WSU hit .400 but Utah led this set with a .432 hitting percentage.
Washington State concludes play in the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational facing host Utah Valley University at 6 p.m. (PT) after the Wolverines meet Missouri at noon. The Cougars will also play Weber State in a Labor Day afternoon match in Ogden.