Oct. 14, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Washington State volleyball team (10-10, 0-8 Pac-12) lost to Oregon State (13-7, 3-5) in set scores of 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, and 25-17 Sunday afternoon in a Pac-12 TV Networks match televised from Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.
OSU's Camille Saxton (14 kills, 3 aces and 10 digs) and Ashley Eneliko (12 kills, 3 blocks) led the Beavers. Libero Becky Defoe had 16 digs and three aces while Arica Nassar added a match-high seven blocks. Megan McBride had 43 assists, eight kills, 15 digs and four blocks. OSU landed nine service aces in the match.
Jaicee Harris led the Cougars with 15 kills and a career-high 17 digs. Marcelina Glab added 11 kills and five blocks, and Rachel Todorovich contributed 11 kills and three blocks. Ver'Leea Hardaway tagged a career-high 11 kills and hit .450. Kate Sommer and Maile Scarpino combined for another 26 digs while Camryn Irwin set 43 assists.
WSU battled back from as many as seven points behind to close the gap to two at 21-19. The Beavers, led by Saxton's six kills, outscored the Cougars four to one to take the 25-20 first set win.
Cougars scored five straight points to take a 7-4 lead early in the second set. OSU tied the set at nine but WSU fought back to take a 21-16 lead. The Beavs capitalized on WSU attack errors and served an ace to cut WSU's lead to 23-20. Stephanie Logan's kill put the Cougars serving for set but were twice denied by an OSU kill and an ace, narrowing the score to 24-22. Glab's tip was not successful and WSU took a timeout. An errand attack by OSU finally handed the Cougars the 25-23 win. After hitting .375 in the opening set, OSU was held to a .075 hitting percentage in the second.
WSU took a third set 17-12 lead. The Beavers tallied five points in a row to go ahead 19-18 when the Cougars had their own run of three points to go up 21-19. Kills from Glab and Irwin gave WSU a 24-21 advantage but OSU scored its own trio of points to knot the set at 24. Nassar's attack put OSU up 25-24 but Todorovich retaliated with a kill to tie the set at 25. Saxton's and McBride's successful attacks ended the set at 27-25 in the home team's favor. OSU carried that momentum into the next set and outscored WSU 11 to 4 to take the 25-17.
"The third set was really frustrating and we've seen it time and time again where we're up and it's there for our taking and for whatever reason we are not aggressive and going to get the win," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "It is hard to duplicate this (emotional urgency of closing out a set) in practice. We need to grit our teeth and go after it and take it. At times it seems like we are looking at other people to do it instead of the team working as a unit to get the win."
For just the third weekend this season, WSU volleyball will play at home hosting California (9-9, 3-5) Friday, Oct. 19 in the Cougs Wave Pink match at Bohler Gym. Sunday morning, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m., WSU hosts No. 4 Stanford (16-2, 8-0 - pending the outcome of the 10/19 match vs. No. 2 Washington) in a match to be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.