Sept. 14, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS -- Junior Marcelina Glab tallied career-highs of 13 kills and 12 blocks to lead the Washington State volleyball team (9-2) to a 25-14, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18 win over CSU Bakersfield (2-6) Friday night at the Air Force Academy Invitational tournament in Colorado Springs. This was the eighth consecutive win for the Cougars.
"After the first set I was saying, `welcome Marcelina Glab,'" Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "She was hitting over .800 (.857) but that is what we absolutely need and we've been waiting for Marce to play at this level. She hopefully took that as a challenge and came out and did a fantastic job tonight."
Glab, a 6-2 middle hitter from Watertown, South Dakota, hit an outstanding .524 to go with her career-high kills and blocks. Jaicee Harris also had 13 kills while Camryn Irwin put up 38 assists and tied her career-high of seven blocks. Rachel Todorovich added 11 kills and four blocks and Ver'Leea Hardaway chipped in five kills and six blocks. Kate Sommer led the team with 10 digs.
The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners were led by Debora Araujo's 17 kills and 12 digs. Shayna Guitare added 12 kills and Kelsee Sawyer 10 kills. Julie Bowen led her team with five blocks while Sawyer and Molly O'Hagan each tallied four blocks. Lisa Bartsch led the match with three aces.
WSU out-blocked CSUB 18 to 9 and the Cougars, Pac-12 leaders in opponent hitting percentage, held the Roadrunners to a .058 hitting percentage.
"They (CSUB) are the epitome of a scrappy team and just when you think that ball is down its not and it's coming back over," Greeny said. "They have some feisty players and a feisty coaching staff as well. They are a never say die kind of team. For us to even hit .219 as a team, I'll definitely take that."
WSU won the first set easily in a score of 25-14 behind Glab's six kills and holding the Roadrunners to a -.032 team hitting percentage. CSU Bakersfield came back strong in the second set and took a 20-14 lead. The Cougars battled back to tie the set at 21 forcing CSUB to take a timeout. Bakersfield scored two quick points but WSU came back to knot the set at 23 and went to set point on a kill by Hardaway. A pair of kills by Sawyer put CSUB serving for set, 25-24 when Greeny took a timeout. Glab's kill tied the set up again at 25 but Sawyer landed an attack in the back row and then served an ace to give Bakersfield the 27-25 set win.
The Cougars took an early but slim lead in the third set and CSUB came back to tie the set at 15 and then go ahead on back-to-back aces by Bartsch. There were seven more ties in this set until a kill from Harris placed Sommer at the line serving for set. A block by Chelsey Bettinson and Glab gave WSU the 25-23 win.
WSU used a four-point run to take a 13-9 lead in the fourth set and never looked back as the Cougars grabbed the 25-18 win.
Saturday at 6 p.m. Washington State meets host team Air Force Academy (4-7 pending late Friday match vs. Norfolk State) to wrap up the non-conference part of the 2012 season.