The WSU volleyball team heads back to Pullman after going 1-1 in the desert during the weekend, seizing a victory against Arizona State and getting swept in three sets by Arizona.
After going down 0-2 against Arizona State on Friday, the Cougs (9-5, 1-3) went on a 3-0 run to take the game. The WSU comeback was fueled by lone senior Meagan Ganzer who led the team with 30 kills on a .308 hitting average.
"I thought in the second set we had our chances, and we made a couple of silly errors down the stretch there and we definitely could have taken set two but we didn't. And then we fought back in the third set and that momentum really carried over. The way volleyball works with momentum you never know," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said in a press release. "I thought our blocking picked up in that third set, and I thought Jordan Levenseller did a great job playing back there at libero after we switched the jerseys around. Meagan Ganzer did a great job of mixing up her shots tonight and finding the holes and that is what we need her to do."
The win against ASU was the first Pac-12 conference victory for Greeny, as well as the first conference victory for the Cougs since a Nov. 27, 2009, home win against Oregon State.
The 18 digs recorded by sophomore Levenseller was a career high and was accompanied by 19 digs from freshman Shawna Lum.
Set scores for the win were 18-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-19, 15-13.
The Cougs took the court against Arizona on Sunday, getting swept 3-0 by the Wildcats (25-13, 25-19, 25-19).
"We struggled early like we have been doing lately," Greeny said. "I thought set two was much better but again we made a few silly mistakes. We had them in set three but made some serving errors and those unforced errors really cost us."
For the Cougs, Ganzer recorded 10 of the total 29 kills and sophomore Camryn Irwin had 29 assists.
Next up for WSU is a four-game homestand that spans two weekends. First up will be Oregon State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Oregon on Saturday at 7 p.m.