RENO -- The Washington State volleyball team (7-2) captured a quick 25-18, 25-22, 15-14 win over CSU Bakersfield (1-4) Saturday morning at the Nevada Wolf Pack Invitational tournament.
Jaicee Harris led the match with 18 kill, hitting .316 for the match while Rachel Todorovich has 11 kills and five blocks. The Cougars again dominated their opponent in blocking with Marcelina Glab and Ver'Leea Hardaway each reaching for five blocks as WSU had 11 for the match. Aiding the Cougar cause, Kate Sommer led the match with 16 digs, Camryn Irwin set 34 assists, and Maile Scarpino had a pair of aces.
The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners were led by Debora Araujo's 11 kills and Mariah Alvidrez had 10 digs. Molly O'Hagan added five kills and four blocks. CSUB have five players with one ace each but hit .099 for the match.
"I'm proud of the team today," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We are doing great things and we're getting better. The outsides really carried us today and our middles struggled a little but that's what you work through in the preseason. People need to step up when we need them. Now we go back to gym and work."
WSU led from start to finish in the first set with Harris landing seven kills.
The second set was a tighter contest but again Harris led the Cougars with another seven kills. The roadrunners went ahead 20-19 on a Alvidrez ace but WSU outscored CSUB six to two to take the set 25-22.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead in the third and ran off to the 25-14 win, hitting .467 for the set.
Next weekend Washington State volleyball is on the road again playing at the Air Force Academy Invitational in Colorado Springs. WSU plays Norfolk State, CSU Bakersfield for the second time in as many weekends, and Air Force Academy.