Aug. 31, 2012
PULLMAN -- It was a block party for the Washington State volleyball team as the Cougars out-blocked Seattle University 12 to 1 for a 25-8, 25-13, 25-16 win at the Cougar Challenge Friday night in Bohler Gym. WSU, after a 3-0 win over Alabama State earlier in the day, moves to a 3-2 record while Seattle U is now 3-3 on the season.
WSU sophomore Jaicee Harris led the match with 16 kills, hit .500 and added three blocks. Ver'Leea Hardaway had six kills, hit .545 and tallied seven blocks. Marcelina Glab and Rachel Todorovich combined for another 14 kills and six blocks. Kate Sommer led the match with 15 digs while Camryn Irwin threw up 26 assist with her four kills and three service aces. WSU hit .474 for the match and held the Redhawks to a .000 hitting percentage.
Seattle U was led by Sarah Jaeckel's 10 kills while Karina Miastkowska added five kills. Setter Jacquie Brice had 19 assists and Lani Beadle led the team with seven digs.
Cougars went out to an 18-8 lead in the first and did not look back, hitting .444 and holding Seattle to a -.179 hitting percentage.
Harris had six kills in the second set to lead the Cougars to a 25-13 win. WSU hit .500 in this set while SU was still below the line at -.038. The home court crimson clad Cougars also dominated in the net play with four blocks in this set.
The third set WSU 25-16 win was driven by another outstanding hitting percentage of .483 while SU finally hit in the positive at .176.
Reflecting on Cougar team's play Friday, Head Coach Jen Greeny said, "I think it started with our serving, that we were working on getting really aggressive with our serves and when we can do that, it definitely takes the other team out of their offense. And that's really where the blocks came from. They were very predictable and we were able to capitalize on that. We thought our outside hitters had way too many sets last week so we really worked a lot this last week on distribution and getting the middles the ball. Camryn moved her hitters around and I thought Marcelina did a great job just of being unpredictable and that's where we need to be."
In earlier action Friday, WSU defeated Alabama State 25-16, 25-9, 25-9, Seattle U defeated Weber State 23-25, 31-29, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11, and Weber State defeated Alabama State 25-15, 25-14, 25-19.
WSU leads the tournament action with a 2-0 record while Seattle U and Weber State are 1-1 and Alabama State is 0-2. Saturday's Cougar Challenge action begins at 5 p.m. with Seattle U against Alabama State, and Washington State meets Weber State at 7 p.m.. All matches are in Bohler Gym.