Cougars Defeat Wolf Pack for Fifth-Straight Victory
RENO, Nev. - The Washington State volleyball team (6-2) hit .478 in the first set and .385 in the second as it held on for the three-set victory (25-10, 25-11, 25-23) over Nevada (1-7), Friday evening at the Nevada Wolf Pack Invitational tournament.
After tallying 19 kills in the Cougars' morning victory over Cal State Fullerton, sophomore Jaicee Harris (Chelan, Wash.) led WSU with 10 kills, adding five digs and five service aces. A native of Pacific Palisades, Calif., freshman Kate Sommer led the way with 15 kills. Junior setter Camryn Irwin (Brush Prairie, Wash.) added 35 assists, six digs, and five blocks, while junior Marcelina Glab (Watertown, South Dakota) had seven blocks. Nevada was led by Tessa Lea'ea's seven kills. Dana Holt led the Wolf Pack with 15 assists and eight digs. Nevada hit at a -.012 clip on the match, while Washington State hit at a .310 clip. The Wolf Pack had 20 total kills to 21 attack errors, while the Cougars tallied 39 kills to 12 errors.
"I thought it (WSU's net presence) was great, especially early," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Again, that third set, unfortunately, that's what you think about as a coach when you end the game. But I'm extremely happy with our blocking and our serving was great, except for some errors down the stretch. But overall it was a great day and we have to get some rest because it's an early morning tomorrow."
The Cougars trailed early in the first set, but, leading 12-8, used a 12-0 run to take a 24-8 lead, just one point from winning the set. The Wolf Pack scored two-straight, but couldn't overcome the strong hitting by the Cougars which finished with 13 kills and a .478 hitting percentage. Irwin had 12 of her 35 assists in the first set as WSU took the 25-10 victory.
WSU again led the second set from start-to-finish with Glab's five kills leading the charge as it took a 25-11 win.
In the third set the Cougars took an early 16-8 lead, looking to finish off the Wolf Pack in three-straight. But Nevada used an 8-3 run to pull within three points at 19-16. After two more points, the Cougars committed three-straight errors as the home team cut the lead to one at 21-20. Back-to-back kills by Rachel Todorovich ended the game as the Cougars escaped with a 25-23 victory in the third set and the match win.
Washington State concludes action at the Wolf Pack Invitational tournament as it takes on CSU Bakersfield Saturday at 9 a.m.