Aug. 25, 2012
MOSCOW-- The Washington State volleyball team fell to host Idaho 25-19, 21-25, 20-25, 28-26, 15-13 at the Idaho Nike Invitational Tournament Saturday night at Memorial Gym. Pacific won the tournament with a 3-0 record, defeating Idaho 3-2, WSU 3-0 and Montana 3-2. Idaho placed second, WSU third and Montana fourth.
Jaicee Harris, named to the all-tournament team, led the Cougars (1-2) with a career-high 27 kills and 11 digs. Rachel Todorovich added 14 kills while Marcelina Glab had a career-high nine blocks and three aces. Camryn Irwin had 53 assists and 19 digs. Kate Sommer led the match with 22 digs. Ver'Leea Hardaway had nine kills and hit .500.
Idaho (2-1) was led by Allison Walker Baker's match-high 28 kills and added 14 digs and five blocks. Alyssa Schultz 11 kills and six blocks. Both Baker and Schultz were named to the all-tournament team. Setter Ryann Carter put up 58 assists and Janelle Chow led the Vandals with 17 digs.
"I really do like the way that we fought and Idaho is a great team but those little mistakes cost us at crucial times," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I thought our passing and defense really picked up and our hitters were doing a great job but those little unforced errors at inopportune times cost us. As we go along, through the preseason those things will get better but I was happy with the way we responded after not playing well this morning."
Both teams were strong offensively in the first set with the Vandals hitting .406 and the Cougars a season-high .355. WSU was down 20-17 and made a brief run but the home court Idaho scored the final four points for the 25-19 win. Walker led UI with five kills (.400). The three aces certainly didn't hurt the Vandals' move toward the win.
The second set was as competitive one with only three lead changes but WSU played much more aggressively and came out with the 25-21 win after scoring the final four points. Harris led the Cougs with eight kills and two blocks in the set. Hardaway has hit .750 through two sets with three kills in each. Hitting percentages were not as pretty as the opener with WSU hitting .111 and hold Idaho to .024.
Cougars ran with the momentum of the second set win to hold off the Vandals in the late going, score four straight points and grab the third set win 25-20. Harris landed nine more kills to lead WSU and there was more balance in the Cougar attack.
A see-saw battle ensued in the fourth set with 13 ties and nine lead changes. Idaho reached set point first, up 24-22. Hardaway's tip stopped the first attempt at win and a block by Logan stymied the second attempt. Back-to-back attack errors by Idaho gave WSU a 25-24 lead. Cougars committed a service error lead only to serve out and tie the set at 25. Harris and Glab blocked an attack but Walker Baker again landed a crucial kill to knot up the set at 26. And she wasn't done, smacking another attack for 27-26 advantage. WSU could not connect on the final play of set giving UI the 28-26.
The fifth set had only two ties at one-all and eight-all but WSU could not closer than two points late in the set. Walker Baker had five of Idaho's 10 kills in this set as the Vandals hit .222 and took the 15-13 win.
Next up for the WSU volleyball program is hosting the Cougar Challenge Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, in Bohler Gym taking on Alabama State, Seattle University and Weber State.