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Bettinson Leads WSU to 3-1 Win at Notre Dame

Sep 5, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --Senior Chelsey Bettinson had a career-high 22 kills and hit .543 to lead the Washington State volleyball team to a 3-1 win over host Notre Dame at the Golden Dome Invitational in Purcell Pavilion Friday night.

WSU moved to 4-1 on the season and Notre Dame dropped to 0-3, after the Cougars won with set scores of 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, and 27-25.

Kyra Holt had a double-double night with 17 kills and 11 digs while Kate Sommer had 19 digs to bring her career total to 1,027, eighth-best in WSU all-time records. Jaicee Harris tallied eight kills and 12 digs and Hailey Bethune had seven kills. Haley MacDonald set up 48 assists and landed two aces. Blocking numbers for the Cougars show Bettinson and Ver’Leea Hardaway with three each, Harris with two, and MacDonald, Holt and Bethune with one each.

Notre Dame’s leaders were Sydney Kuhn with 14 kills (.382), Nicole Smith with 13 kills, and Jeni Houser with 11 kills. Hanna Mussonigro had 31 assists and contributed 16 digs and Natalie Johnson also had 16 digs. Simone Collins led the match with five blocks while Houser and Sam Fry each had four blocks. WSU out-hit ND .231 to .144 but the Irish out-blocked the Cougars 11 to 7.5.

After losing the opening set, WSU dominated the next two sets. In a see-saw fourth set, the Cougars were down 21-19. Kills from Holt and Bethune with an attack error by the Irish tied the set at 22-all. After a Notre Dame timeout, Houser ‘s hitting error put WSU ahead by one but Kuhn’s kill tied the score at 23. Hardaway successfully hit the back corner and put the Cougars serving match point. A kill by Vonderhaar knotted the set for the 12th time, 24-all. Collins and Mussonigro blocked Harris on the next play and the Irish went ahead 25-24. But it was Bettinson’s night and she landed back-to-back attacks to give WSU the 26-25 advantage. Stephens stepped to the line to serve for the second match point of the night and laced an ace securing the 27-25 set win and 3-1 match win for the Cougars.

“We dug down deep and I’m really proud that we were able to come out with a win,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “Chelsey’s 22 kills and hitting .543 are big-time numbers and sometimes single-handedly getting points for us when she was in the front row. That says a lot about her and the team’s passing and setting as well, that we can get her the ball. Chelsey’s working so hard and she’s really getting that consistency again. It’s nice because she can go behind the setter (Haley MacDonald) and runs the slide pretty well. I’m impressed with those two so far.”

The Cougars wrap up their Golden Dome tournament play Saturday morning taking on Western Michigan (3-1) at 10 a.m. PT, the third match in 24 hours for WSU.