Sept. 2, 2011
PORTLAND - The University of Nevada (0-4) volleyball team lost its first match of the Portland Nike Invitational on Friday morning to Washington State University (3-1) by scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-20. With the loss the Wolf Pack stands at 0-4 on the season while the Cougars improved to 3-1.
WSU used an 8-3 run to break a 7-7 tie in the first set and cruised to the 25-17 victory. The Pack hit zero in the set and the Cougars .214.
Set two was tied eight times before the Cougars pulled away for the 25-21 set victory and 2-0 match advantage. Nevada improved its hitting percentage to .147 and WSU hit .194.
After seven ties and four lead changes WSU outscored the Pack 6-1 down the stretch to take set three 25-20 and the match 3-0. Nevada hit .207 and the Cougars .269 in the final set.
Middle blockers Janelle Batista and Tessa Lea`ea led the Pack with 10 kills each. Senior setter Tatiana Santiago dished out 24 assists and tied for team-high honors with nine digs. Junior libero Kelly Chang also totaled nine digs in the match.
Meagan Ganzer posted a match-high 16 kills for the Cougars. Camryn Irwin had a match-high 31 kills and Shawna Lum totaled 10 digs.
Nevada hit .126 in the match and WSU .222. The Cougars won the blocking battle 8-6. Senior Erin Garvey and Lea`ea had three blocks each for the Pack. Ganzer and Marcelina Glab totaled five blocks apiece for the Cougars.
The Wolf Pack plays Butler this evening at 5:30 p.m.