Sept. 20, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. – The University of Nevada (2-9) volleyball lost in four sets at Washington State (13-0) in the Cougar Invitational tonight. The Cougars won the first two sets 25-8 and 25-19 while the Wolf Pack won the third set 25-20 before dropping the fourth 25-17. The Pack stands at 2-9 on the season while WSU improved to 13-0.
Sophomore middle hitter Sam Willoughby was named to the all-tournament team after her play today. Willoughby had seven kills and five blocks tonight after posting a match-high 14 kills in a 3-0 loss to Idaho earlier today.
WSU scored the first three points of tonight’s first set and won easily 25-8. Nevada hit negative .077 and the Cougars an impressive .565.
The second set featured 12 ties and five lead changes but WSU held on for the 25-19 victory to take 2-0 advantage in the match. With the score tied at 14 the Cougars closed out the set with an 11-5 run. Once again Nevada hit negative .077 and WSU dropped to .304.
Nevada scored the final five points of the third set to break a 20-20 tie and win the fourth set 25-20. The Pack hit .241 and held WSU to a .125 attack percentage. Willoughby and Tessa Lea`ea had three kills each in the set.
The Cougars did not trail in the final set scoring the first three points and won 25-17 to take the match 3-1. The Pack hit zero set four and WSU .200.
Lea`ea led the Pack with 11 kills and Willoughby added seven. Setter Taylor Rothfuss dished out 20 assists and Kara Kasser finished with 11 digs.
Kyra Holt and Ver’Leea Hardaway topped WSU with 13 and 10 kills respectively. Camryn Irwin posted a match-high 33 assists and Kate Sommer a match-high 15 digs.
Both teams had nine blocks in the match. Willoughby led the Pack with five blocks. Nevada hit .026 in the match and WSU .264.
The Pack plays Seattle at 10 a.m. on Saturday to conclude play in the invitational.
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