Sept. 13, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State swept by Montana State 25-21, 25-23, 25-20, in Cougar Challenge Volleyball tournament action Saturday afternoon on Marcia Saneholtz Court at Bohler Gym.
WSU moves to 5-4 and Montana State drops to 3-6.
WSU's Brittany Johnson led the match with 14 kills and four blocks. Cassie Robbins added 9 kills (.615) and four blocks and Emily Rooney added four more blocks as the Cougars had 10 blocks as a team and held the Bobcats to one team block. Setter Renee Bordelon had 31 assist and a pair of aces. Kelly Hyder dug up a match-high 17 digs.
Laura Viren led Montana State with 9 kills and Kaytlin Van Burger added eight more. Taylor Faught had 32 assists while Meghan Albiston contributed 13 digs. MSU tallied eight service aces with Nicole Grypiuk leading the three.
WSU ran up a 19-10 lead in the first set and after some late substitutions the Cougars held on for the 25-21 win. Johnson had five kills in the set as the home team dominated at the net with three blocks to none for the Bobcats.
The Cougs started the second set with a 12-8 lead only to see it diminish as MSU battled back behind Viren and Van Burger who combined for 11 of the Bobcats' 16 kills in this set. The set was tied at 21 points when Rooney was called in the net and MSU took a late lead. Rooney came back on the next play with a slam to knot up the set again and the Cougs surged ahead when Nicole Grypiuk was called in the net. Johnson served into the net and the score was 23-all. The next play was a long rally with Hyder making a great popcorn dig save to keep the ball in play and eventually Ganzer rolled kill right down the net. Robbins' block ended the set in WSU's favor, 25-23. WSU hit .343 while MSU hit .306 in this set.
The third set was tight early. WSU strung together five unanswered points to move to a 15-10 lead. The teams battled back and forth with MSU getting a pair of points twice to close the gap to be down by two at 20-18. A kill from Rooney, a lift by the Bobcats and a block by Rooney and Johnson put the Cougs up 23-18. Kyla Hendry landed a kill for MSU but a miscue on the next offensive play gave WSU the 24-19 lead. It was Hendry again trying to keep the visitors in the set but her kill was the last point for Montana State. The Bobcats were called for an illegal libero substitution, awarding the set-winner point to WSU.
In the opening match Saturday morning, Northwestern took a two-set lead but No. 18 Wichita State came back to win the next two to force a fifth set. Wichita State won the match with set scores of 21-25, 16-25, 25-18, 25-19, and 15-9, extending its unbeaten streak to 10. Wichita State's Emily Stockman had 19 kills and Lindsey Eckenrode, Angela Jakubov and Sarah McGee combined for another 33 kills as the Shockers hit .347 for the match. Northwestern (4-3) was led by Sabel Moffett's 19 kills as Brittani Gray and Chelsy Hyser combined to add another 29 kills.
The Cougar Challenge tournament continues Saturday, Sept. 13, with Wichita State playing Montana State at 4:30 p.m. and WSU taking on Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. All home matches will be played on Saneholtz Court in Bohler Gym.