Volleyball Sweeps Missouri in Utah Tourney Opener
Sept. 4, 2009
OREM, Utah -- The Washington State volleyball team won its fourth consecutive match of the season with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-22 win over Missouri Friday evening at the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational being played in the Shurian Family Activity Center.
WSU (4-0) sophomore Meagan Ganzer (Black Diamond, Wash.) and junior Brittany Tillman (Lakewood, Wash.) combined for 24 kills with Ganzer hitting a career-high .571 percentage with 12 kills and zero errors in 21 attacks. Senior Jackie Albright (Lake Forest, Calif.) added 10 kills. Renee Bordeon (senior, Coeur d'Alene) had 43 assists. Kelly Hyder (senior, Huntington Beach, Calif.) and freshman Oceana Bush (Spokane) combined for 26 digs while Cassie Robbins (senior, Yakima) and Rachel Todorovich (freshman, Walla Walla) each had three blocks. Robbins and Bordelon each contributed two service aces.
Catie Wilson's 12 kills (.310) and three blocks led Missouri (3-1). Lei Wang-Francisco had 29 assists and Caitlyn Vann had a team-high 12 digs. The Tigers hit .178 as a team.
'I couldn't be more excited for the players because some of the things we did well tonight are some of the things we have been working really hard on,' Cougar Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. 'One glaring overall stat is our team hitting percentage. We hit .350 against a really good Big 12 team. That is a huge accomplishment. And along with that is the passing. We again passed really well and it kept us in system and it was really tough for Missouri to set their blocks up on us.'
WSU leaped out to 20-11 lead in the first set and in spite of Missouri going on an 8-1 run, the Cougars won the set 25-20. Tillman led all players with six kills with Albright adding four (.429) and Todorovich three (.600). WSU hit .423 as a team and held the Tigers to a .154 hitting percentage.
The second set was played much tighter with the Cougars breaking a 14-all tie to go ahead 20-16. WSU held on to the lead to win this set 25-20. Ganzer contributed six kills in this set.
In the third set, Washington State took a seven-point lead at 20-13, only to see the Tigers come back to out-score the Cougars six to two and narrow the gap to only a pair of points. The Cougars scored three of the next four points but gave up two match-points to Missouri before taking the set 25-22.
Washington State continues play in the Utah Valley La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational Saturday, taking on No. 17 Utah in a 9 a.m. (PT) match and then facing host Utah Valley University at 6 p.m. (PT). The Cougars will also play Weber State in a Labor Day afternoon match in Ogden.