Sept. 1, 2012
PULLMAN -- The Washington State volleyball team (4-2) defeated Weber State (2-4) with set scores of 25-21, 25-14, and 25-16 Saturday night in Bohler Gym and won the Cougar Challenge Tournament with a 3-0 record. In the tournament, Seattle University finished second at 2-1 while Weber State at 1-2 was third and Alabama State winless at 0-3.
The Cougars had a balanced attack with sophomore Jaicee Harris leading the team with 10 kills and a match-high seven digs. Marcelina Glab had nine kills and hit .615. Rachel Todorovich added eight kills and hit .400. Ver'Leea Hardaway contributed six kills, hit .400 and led the match with four blocks. Camryn Irwin set 32 assists and tallied one of WSU's six service aces in the match.
Weber State was led by Mariah Katoa's 11 kills and Audrey Biggs added seven kills. Caitlin Penrod had 22 assists and Piper Wahlin and Laurel Bodily each had four digs. The Wildcats did not land an ace during the three sets. Washington State hit .346 for the match and held Weber State to a .090 hitting percentage.
"Coming off a tough weekend last weekend I think we definitely responded as a group," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We put in some new things and really talked about spreading our offense more and Camryn did a great job with that. We did a really good job with our overall hitting this weekend."
WSU let a 10-5 lead in the first set evaporate to a 19-19 tie. The Wildcats took the lead on a tipped ball but a Glab slam and an ace, followed by a Weber State ball in the net put the Cougars up and headed to the 25-21 win. Harris had five kills in this set and WSU tagged three service aces.
The second set began much like the first, with a substantial WSU lead at 15-5 only in this set the home team extended the lead to a 25-14 win. Cougar hit .417 and held the Cats to a .034 hitting percentage.
Set three was much tighter early on with Weber State hanging close before the Cougars ran up at 16-11 lead and did not look back. Cougars win set 25-16 and win tournament 3-0.
In the early evening match, Seattle University (4-3 overall, 2-1 in tournament) defeated Alabama State (0-7 overall, 0-3 in tournament) with set scores of 25-7, 25-14. 25-15).
Washington State travels to Reno, Nev., next weekend for the Wolf Pack Invitational tournament and will play Cal State Fullerton, CSU Bakersfield and host Nevada.