Sept. 30, 2012
PULLMAN -- The Washington State volleyball team (10-6, 0-4 Pac-12) lost to the defending Pac-12 champions No. 3 USC (14-2, 2-2) in scores of 26-24, 25-18, 25-20 Sunday morning in a match televised live from Bohler Gym by the Pac-12 TV Networks.
USC was led by Samantha Bricio's 15 kills and Katie Fuller added 10 kills. Sara Shaw and Natalie Hagglund each had 11 digs while Hayley Crone set up 36 assists. Alexis Olgard led the match with six blocks.
Rachel Todorovich led the Cougars with nine kills and had four blocks. Jaicee Harris contributed eight kills and had five blocks. Ver'Leea Hardaway and Marcelina Glab each tallied seven kills with Hardaway adding five blocks and Glab having four blocks. Kate Sommer led the match with 12 digs.
The Trojans hit .222 for the match while WSU hit .100 and both teams has 11 blocks.
"I thought our blocking was okay and we were able to adjust to the block so that was exciting and I thought Ver'Leea Hardaway did a great job putting the ball away," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Our passing needs to improve. We have to be able to run our middles and our right side attack and when our passing breaks down we're not able to do that."
The first set was tightly contested with a total of 11 ties and six lead changes. Harris knotted the set at 23 and then teamed with Glab on a big block to give the Cougars the 24-23 lead. After a USC timeout Bricio slammed a ball to the back line and tied the set at 24. The Trojans tallied the next point which was contested as an illegal substitution but then overruled so USC went ahead 25-24. On the ensuing play Bricio scored her seventh kill of the set for the 26-24 win.
USC raced off to a 15-9 second set lead and then closed out the 25-18 win. After hitting .143 in the opener, the Trojans hit .367 in the second with a much more balanced offensive attack which kept the Cougars scrambling.
WSU cut a nine point deficit to four late in the third with the score 22-18. The Cougars hit .025 in this set and USC won the set 25-20.
After this brief two-match appearance at home WSU goes on the road for the next two weeks to meet two unranked conference teams. WSU plays Colorado (11-5, 1-3) Friday, Oct. 5 in a Pac-12 TV Networks match and then travels to Utah (9-8, 0-4) for the Sat., Oct. 6 match.