Volleyball Falls at California in Four Sets
Nov. 8, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The Washington State volleyball team (12-16, 2-14 Pac-12) lost 3-1 to California (14-12, 8-8) in set scores of 25-18, 23-25, 25-18, and 25-23, Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion in a match televised on the Pac-12 TV Networks.
Cal's Shannon Hawari led the match with 14 kills and hit .542 while Kat Brown added nine kills and had a career-high 12 blocks. Adrienne Gehan and Christiana Higgins each had 12 kills and Correy Johnson contributed 10 kills and eight blocks. Joan Caloiro tallied 54 assists and Mary McKennon had 13 digs. Cal out-blocked WSU 15 to 5.
Jaicee Harris tallied WSU with 13 kills, 13 digs and two aces for WSU. Marcelina Glab had 12 kills and hit .360 while Camryn Irwin set up 47 assists, hit four kills, and 12 digs. Ver'Leea Hardaway had nine kills and led the Cougars with four blocks. Kate Sommer had 18 digs. WSU hit .184 for the match.
"Kat Brown was pretty unstoppable tonight but we showed some fight and didn't give up at the end (but) there were too many streaks where our passing broke down," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We had some great rallies and great defense but we need to be firing on all cylinders and other than our Colorado match I don't think we've done that."
The Golden Bears distanced themselves in the first set with an early five-point run and went on to take the set 25-18. Cal's Gehan and Brown each had four kills while Glab had four kills to lead the Cougars. Cal hit .257 and held WSU to a .075 hitting percentage.
WSU took a 9-3 lead to open the second set and maintained a four-to-five point lead until the Bears closed the gap to 21-20. Hardaway landed the final two points for the Cougars for the 25-23 set win. Glab landed another four kills in this set. Both teams hit .314.
The Cougars could not find their offensive rhythm in the third set as Cal rolled to a 25-18 win behind a .300 hitting percentage while WSU only hit .085.
Cal had a three-point lead in most of the fourth set until going ahead 21-16. WSU battled back by scoring three in a row with Cal at match point with a kill from Glab, an ace from Maile Scarpino and a block by Glab and Irwin. Down 24-23, Cal came off a timeout and ended the set and match on an attack by Higgins.
WSU returns to Pullman for matches in Bohler Gym next weekend. Cougars take on Oregon State Friday, Nov. 16, and No. 4 Oregon Saturday, Nov. 17. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
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