Oregon matches WSU volleyball
Published 9/3/2011Comments (0)
Included in a great weekend for Cougar athletics was the Washington State University volleyball team going 1-1. The Cougs (10-6, 2-4) swept Oregon State on Friday and lost 3-1 in a very competitive matchup with Oregon on Saturday. In front of a packed Bohler gym and ROOT Sports television audience on Friday night WSU swept Oregon State 25-16, 25-23, 25-18. Senior Meagan Ganzer led the Cougs with 18 kills and a .343 hitting percentage while sophomore Marcelina Glab added 10 kills of her own and a .389 hitting percentage. “The win at Arizona State really played a lot into the belief of `hey, we can do this,’” Head Coach Jen Greeny said in a press release. “Even though we’re young, (our experienced players) Rachel and Megan are believing that this isn’t last year and we’re going to do some different things this year. The players worked really, really hard in practice this week and we saw lightbulbs going off and a different mentality.” WSU struggled early in the second set until going ahead 15-14. The set stayed competitive to the end though, with WSU taking it 25-23. Following the sweep on Friday, the Cougs took on Oregon Saturday night, losing a tightly contested match 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22). “I was proud of the team’s fight tonight,” Greeny said in a press release. “The first set loss was a heartbreaker and they could have just rolled over but they didn’t. They fought back and took set two after being down. And we were right there again in set three and had set point and just couldn’t finish it out. We still have a long ways to go but I am proud of the way they fought and never quit.” Ganzer contributed 26 kills and 12 digs while again leading the Cougs. Helping out was Glab with 10 kills and sophomore Camryn Irwin with 46 assists. “I couldn’t be more proud of my team. It seemed like they were really with me on this one,” Irwin said in a press release. “I have never seen a team be so relentless and that is something we have struggled with a little bit. Every single game we have been getting better and not giving up and in this game we never gave up.” Next up for the Cougs will be another weekend set of games in Pullman this Friday and Saturday against Utah and Colorado.