This weekend, the Washington State University volleyball team will travel to Portland to compete in the University of Portland Nike Invitational.
The Cougars (2-1) will play four games during two days, Nevada (0-3) and Portland (1-2) on Friday followed by Butler (0-3) and Texas A&M (3-0) on Saturday.
Going into the tournament, the Cougs sit at fifth in the Pac-12, ahead of nationally ranked USC (No. 3) and Oregon (No. 16) and directly behind four other ranked teams: Washington (No. 8), UCLA (No. 12), California (No. 1) and Stanford (No. 6).
“It’ll be a tough tournament, there are some definite quality teams,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “We’re really looking to come out strong and play well. It’ll be a tough weekend, anytime you have to play four matches in a span of two days, that’s tough.”
The Cougs are led by senior Meagan Ganzer who was named tournament MVP at the Seattle University Fall Volley Tournament. At the tournament, Ganzer recorded 72 kills, becoming the 11th Cougar to score 1,000 career kills. Her 1,008 kills puts Ganzer in 10th place on the WSU all-time list, just ahead of her current coach, Jen Greeny.
“I know we’re focusing a lot on the defensive end of our game,” Greeny said.
Match times for the weekend's action are: Nevada at 10 a.m. and Portland at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Butler at 12 p.m. and Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m on Saturday. The games can be heard on the radio at either 1150 AM or 104.3 FM.