Oct. 6, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -- Jaicee Harris had 20 kills and 10 digs to lead the Washington State volleyball team (10-8, 0-6 Pac-12) but the Cougars fell to Utah (10-9, 1-5) in scores of 26-24, 27-29, 25-20, and 27-25 Saturday night at Crimson Court in Salt Lake City.
In addition to Harris' double-double, WSU players Rachel Todorovich (senior, Walla Walla) and Ver'Leea Hardaway (sophomore, Mission Viejo, Calif.) had career-high kill totals. Todorovich tallied 19 kills and hit .357 while Hardaway had 10 kills and hit .421. Marcelina Glab had nine kills and four blocks. Camryn Irwin set up 56 assists and had three blocks while Maile Scarpino and Kate Sommer combined for another 27 digs.
Chelsey Schofield led the Utes with 20 kills as Morgan Odale added 18 kills and 10 digs. Bailey Bateman led the match with seven blocks with Shelby Dalton adding six blocks and Erin Redd tagged five blocks and 10 kills. Utah out-blocked WSU 14.5 to 6. Kendall Cygan and McKenzie Odale had 58 assists.
"Making errors at crucial times and not being able to close it out is really costing us right now," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I thought we played better tonight all around and we served pretty tough. We couldn't get our blocking going. They run a pretty fast offense and our timing was a little bit off but overall I thought it was much better than last night."
Utah scored five points in a row in the opening set to trade a nine-all tie for a 14-9 lead. WSU battled back to come within two, down 19-17 and again at 23-21. Todorovich landed one of her six kills in the set on Utah's first set point and Maile Scarpino was credited with a kill on the second set point to put Cougars at 23 to Utah's 24. On the third set point the Utes were called for a lift to tie the score at 24. Schofield's seventh kill of the set put the Utes serving for the fourth time for set. Odale drilled on down the line and the home team captured the 26-24 win. The Utes hit .371 while WSU hit .303 in the set.
The second set had a total of 13 ties including at 22 points when WSU came back from a pair of points down, scoring on kills from Hardaway and Todorovich. Schofield and Todorovich traded kills to knot the set at 23. On the next play Utah was called in the net putting the Cougars up 24-23. After a timeout Utah came out and scored to tie the set at 24. Harris landed an attack but on the next play Bateman's kill tied it at 25. Utah put up a triple block of Glab to go ahead 26-25 and Greeny took a timeout. Harris's tip tied the set at 26 and then landed a cross court kill for a 27-26 advantage. Odale evened the match at 27. Irwin dumped a ball for a 28-27 Cougars lead. Todorovich's well-place tip ended the set with WSU winning 29-27. Harris and Todorovich each landed seven kills in the set at the Cougars hit .341 and Utah hit .378.
WSU trailed early but battled back with a five-point run but then gave up five consecutive to Utah, 14-9. WSU battled back to close the gap at 23-20 but the Utes, hitting .353, prevailed, 25-20. WSU hit .103 in the set and continued to be dominated by Utah's blocking.
The fourth set moved from an 11-all tie to WSU leading 23-17. Stephanie Logan's kill put the Cougars serving for set point but the Utes kept battling, scoring five straight to tie the score at 24. Harris landed a kill to put WSU serving the sixth time for set point but Utah tied it up at 25. Redd tallied back-to-back kills to hand the Utes the set 27-25 and their first Pac-12 victory of the season.
"I don't thing Rachel played real well last night and so she bounced back and I'm really proud of her resiliency. Hitting .357, we really can't ask for too much more out of her," Greeny said.
WSU travels again next weekend to play No.2 Oregon (14-1, 5-1) in Eugene Friday, Oct. 12 and then takes on Oregon State (12-5, 2-3 pending 10/7 vs. No. 7 Stanford) in Corvallis Sunday, Oct. 14.