RENO -- Jaicee Harris and Rachel Todorovich combined for 34 kills to lead the Washington State volleyball team (5-2) to a 25-20, 21-25, 25-19, and 25-23 win over Cal State Fullerton (4-4) Friday morning at the Nevada Wolf Pack Invitational tournament.
Harris, a sophomore from Chelan, Wash. had 19 kills and 12 digs. Todorovich, a senior from Walla Walla added 15 kills and four blocks. WSU out-blocked the Titans 18.5 to 11 with Marcelina Glab's career-high 10 blocks leading the way. Glab added eight kills and Stephanie Logan tallied nine kills and seven blocks. Setter Camryn Irwin had 46 assists, seven blocks and 12 digs. Kate Sommer led the match with18 digs.
Cal State Fullerton was led by Bre Moreland's 20 kills and 12 digs. Kayla Neto had 18 kills and Leah Best led the team with seven blocks. Julie Consani had 43 assists and Gabrielle Dewberry added a pair of aces and 17 digs.
"For preseason you want games that you can be tested in but it is always a lot better if you can come out on top," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I was very impressed with our blocking and we got on them early but they did a great job of adjusting and threw in some tips and off-speed shots. We didn't do as well of a job adjusting but ended with a great job at the net today."
The Cougars led by as much eight points in the first set but the Titans battled back late in the match to close the gap to four. Behind the strong blocking of Hardaway (5) and Logan (4), CSUF hit a mere .067 and WSU held on for the 25-20 win.
The Titans ran up a 14-8 lead in the second set and the Cougars scored four straight points to cut the lead 21-20. Back-to-back aces by Dewberry sealed the 25-21 set win for Fullerton.
WSU led the third set from start to finish with Harris' eight kills leading the charge as the Cougars take the 25-19 win.
Down by five in the fourth set the Cougars laced together five straight points to knot the score at 14 and finally took their first set lead at 16-15. But there were seven more ties before WSU took the 25-23 win on a Glab and Irwin combined on a stuff block to hand the Cougars the 25-23 win and the match.
Washington State takes on host Nevada (1-6) Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Wolf Pack Invitational tournament and then plays CSU Bakersfield Saturday morning at 9 a.m.