Aug. 24, 2012
MOSCOW -- Jaicee Harris and Rachel Todorovich combined for 24 kills to lead the Washington State volleyball team to a season-opening 25-23, 25-12, 25-19 win over Montana Friday afternoon at the Idaho Nike Invitational Tournament at Memorial Gym. This was the 24th time in the past 26 years that the Cougars have won their season-opening match and the eighth consecutive first match win.
WSU sophomore Harris had a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs while Todorovich had 11 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. Marcelina Glab had eight kills and three blocks. Freshman Kate Sommer, starting at libero, led the match with 17 digs. Camryn Irwin had 27 assists and Megan McManus added seven assists. The Cougars hit .240 for the match and held the Griz to a .057 team hitting percentage.
Montana's Page Branstiter had eight kills and Kelsey Schile added seven. Kortney James had 19 assists and Megan Murphey led the team with 11 digs while Kayle Reno contributed 10 digs. Brooke Bray led the match with five blocks.
"I saw some good things and definitely some things we need to work on," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I'm really proud overall of the effort. I did like our defensive effort and the way Kate dug some of those balls that we weren't getting to last year. That is pretty exciting to see."
The Cougars had a slow start in the first set but ran up a 13-8 lead before the Griz battled back with tough blocking at the net. Harris had eight kills to lead WSU and the set while Sommer contributed seven digs in the opener. Neither team excelled in the hitting percentage with WSU at .178 and Montana at .125.
WSU took the momentum from winning the first set to steamroll through set two with a score of 25-12. Todorovich had five kills in this set and the Cougars improved to a hitting percentage of .444.
The Griz went ahead 8-2 in the third when Coach Greeny subbed in Megan McManus for Irwin at setter and provided a change of tempo to rattle Montana. The Cougars came back to tie at 14-all and then take a 17-14 lead. After trading points, WSU took advantage of UM mistakes, including a service ace by Shawna Lum, for the 25-19 win and match sweep.
In tournament action Saturday, the Cougars play Pacific at 10 a.m. and take on host