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Volleyball Sweeps IUPUI at Notre Dame Opener

Sep 5, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Senior Jaicee Harris had 10 kills and 10 digs to lead the Washington State volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in the first match of the Notre Dame Golden Dome Invitational.

WSU moved to 3-1 overall with set scores of 25-21, 25-19, and 25-13, while IUPUI’s record dropped to 1-4. The Cougars out-blocked the Jaguars 10 to 2 and out-hit the Jags .288 to .076.

Senior Chelsey Bettinson also had 10 kills, hit .571 for the match and had four blocks. In addition to the double-double, Harris added three blocks and Ver’Leea Hardaway had four blocks. Junior Kate Sommer led the match with 18 digs and became the eighth Cougar to reach 1,000 digs in a career with her current total of 1,008. Tani Stephens added 10 digs and Haley Macdonald had 36 assists and nine digs.

The Jaguars were led by Kelly Wachtel’s eight kills and .286 hitting percentage with Beth Howard adding 13 digs.

“I’m definitely pleased (with this match),” fourth-year Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “I thought everybody did a nice job contributing and we got our block going in the latter part of the match. Sometimes it is hard to come out and play a team you don’t know much about and haven’t seen. We’re still trying to find own strengths as well. I’m very proud of the way we came out and took it in three straight sets.”

“Chelsey struggled a little bit out of the gate trying to do too much too early but she settled down and put the ball in play and from there was able to find her rhythm,” Greeny said. “I’m proud of Jaicee and what she did in this match. We needed our outside hitters to put up better numbers and those are some nice numbers for an outside hitter. It’s great for Kate (reaching 1,000 digs). She’s been a spark plug for us defensively I’m sure she’ll keep moving up that list.”

The Cougars take on host Notre Dame (0-2) Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PT at the Golden Dome Invitational, and WSU plays Western Michigan Saturday morning at 10 a.m.