Oct. 21, 2012
PULLMAN -- No. 2 Stanford (18-2, 10-0) needed all five sets to take down the Washington State volleyball team (10-12, 0-10 Pac-12) Sunday morning in a Pac-12 Networks televised match at Bohler Gym. The Cardinal won in set scores of 25-14, 25-17, 21-25, 21-25 and 15-10 and remained in first place in the conference standings.
Stanford used the services of 15 players with top performances from Carly Wopat and Jordan Burgess each with 16 kills while Wopat hit .467 and led the match with seven blocks. Stanford tagged 20 blocks with six from Inky Ajanaku, five from Brittany Howard, and four from Rachel Williams. Madi Bugg set up 27 assists and had 14 digs. Karissa Cook had another 22 assists and Kyle Gilbert led the Cardinal with 17 digs.
The Cougars had four players in double digit kills led by Rachel Todorovich's 18 and Jaicee Harris' 14 kills and 14 digs. Ver'Leea Hardaway had a career-high 13 kills and hit .476 for the match. Marcelina Glab added 11 kills and led the team with four blocks. Kate Sommer led the match with 9 digs and Camryn Irwin set up 50 assists and had 14 digs.
"Overall, it was a good effort. Stanford is such a tough, tough team and we had to figure out a way to win," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Our defense kept getting better (through the match) and that's what kept us in. When we took a set the belief started happening. We were pretty balanced overall but Ver'Leea Hardaway did a great job offensively and played really well when we could get her the ball. Everyone else was pretty steady. Rachel Todorovich did a great job and Jaicee did what she could do mixing up her shots. I don't want to be happy to just say that we played with the number two team but I think we could take some good things out of this."
The Cardinal hit an outstanding .462 in the opening set with Wopat landing four kills in five attacks (.800) while WSU hit a mere .088. Todorovich led the Cougars with four kills (.333) in this set but WSU fell to the visitors 25-14.
The second set was much like the first with Stanford leading wire-to-wire for the 21-17 win.
WSU came out of the break on fire and scored five unanswered points to take a 13-8 lead in the third. Stanford battled back late in the set but never had the lead. Hardaway's seven kills in nine attacks (.778) in this set was the rallying point for the Cougars in the 25-21 win.
The Cougars led the fourth set wire-to-wire, starting with a 5-0 lead and extending to the 25-21 victory. Stanford came within one point, down 10-9, but Todorovich's six kills along with Harris and Glab tagging five kills each kept WSU alive and headed to a fifth set.
The fifth set had six tie scores up to Stanford going ahead 8-7. The Cardinal had three blocks, hit .263 and held WSU to a .053 hitting percentage. SU took the 15-10 set win and the 3-2 match win.
The Cougars travel to Los Angeles for a match Fri., Oct. 26 at No. 6 UCLA (15-4, 7-3) and Sat., Oct. 27 takes on No. 7 USC (19-3, 7-3). The UCLA match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.