Aug. 25, 2012
MOSCOW -- The Washington State volleyball team lost to University of Pacific Saturday morning by set scores of 25-21, 25-14, and 25-16, at the Idaho Nike Invitational Tournament at Memorial Gym.
WSU, now 1-1, was led by the 11 kills and two blocks of Jaicee Harris with Rachel Todorovich adding seven kills and two blocks. Camryn Irwin had 26 assists and Maile Scarpino and Kate Sommer each had 12 digs. Four Cougars landed service aces.
Pacific (2-0) was led by Jennifer Sanders, Kat Schulz and Gabby Cowden with nine kills each. Hannah Clancy led the match with 16 digs and 28 assists. Schulz and Gillian Howard had five blocks each. Pacific hit .180 for the match and held WSU to a .014 hitting percentage.
"We couldn't get our passing going this morning," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I don't know if we had lead in our shoes or what. If we can't pass the ball it is really hard to get our offense going. We need to regroup and figure out what we can do differently tonight against Idaho."
Pacific won the first set 25-21 with a balanced but minimal attack of 11 kills in 45 attacks for a .111 hitting percentage. Jaicee Harris led the Cougars with five kills but team hit a mere .041 and could not capitalize on the three aces of the set: one each from Harris, Anna Stecowska and Irwin.
The offensive struggles continued for the Cougars in the second set as they were held to a -.068 while the Tigers hit .229 in their 25-14 win. Pacific out-blocked WSU five to three in this set.
Pacific broke the third set open with four consecutive points early to lead 11-6. The Tigers extended the lead to 20-11 before Ver'Leea Hardaway and Stephanie Logan added back-to-back kills. WSU could not mount a comeback and the Tigers won 25-16.
The Cougars take on host Idaho (0-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Gym in Moscow.