Nov. 17, 2012
PULLMAN - Alaina Bergsma recorded 32 kills to lead No. 4 Oregon past host Washington State 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 in Pac-12 women's volleyball at Bohler Gym, Saturday night.
Bergsma added 15 digs for a double-double while Liz Brenner had 15 kills and 12 digs for the Ducks (23-4, 14-4 Pac-12), who hit .327 in the match to .293 for Washington State (12-18, 2-16).
The Cougars were paced by Jaicee Harris, who had a team-high 20 kills to go along with 15 digs. Marcelina Glab and Rachel Todorovich each had 11 kills for the Cougars and Kate Sommer had a team-high 16 digs from her libero position. Camryn Irwin had 46 assists and 12 digs. Ver'Leea Hardaway and Glab each recorded a match-high six blocks.
"Alaina Bergsma was fantastic tonight and we just couldn't slow her down," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I also thought our passing broke down and we weren't able to go to our middles."
Washington State jumped out to 5-1 lead in the opening set behind two kills by Hardaway. Oregon chipped away at its deficit and eventually grabbed its first lead at 12-11. The teams stayed within a point of each other until the Ducks used a 5-0 run to take a 20-16 advantage.
It was 22-18 Oregon before Washington State scored five-straight points, the last two on kills by Stephanie Logan, to go on top 23-22. After the Ducks tied the set at 23, an Oregon ball handling error and a kill by Harris sealed it for the Cougars who hit .381 in the opening set.
There were five lead changes and the score was tied 14 times in the second set. Sommer served a pair of aces during a 4-0 spurt that gave WSU an 8-7 lead. Another Sommer's ace equaled the Cougars' biggest lead of the set at 17-15.
The Ducks scored seven of the next nine points to surge ahead 22-19 before a kill by Todorovich pulled WSU within two. The Cougars sliced the lead to 23-22 after a pair of Oregon errors. After a kill by Bergsma, Todorvich staved off set point with a kill, but Katherine Fischer's kill finished the set and tied the match 1-1.
In the third set, Oregon took a 16-11 lead, but the WSU rallied to take an 18-17 lead keyed by three Harris kills and two more from Glab. Neither team gained more than a one-point edge until Bergsma's kill put the Ducks out front 23-21.
Todorovich and Hardaway combined for a block, one of 12 by the Cougars in the match, to close within 23-22, but a WSU service error and a kill by Bergsma closed out the set for the Ducks.
In the fourth set, Oregon raced out to a 14-7 lead and WSU never got closer than four points as the Ducks hit .417 in the final stanza.
Washington State hosts Arizona, Wednesday, Nov. 21 for Senior Night and entertains Washington, Friday, Nov. 23 in the final match of the season.