Seattle University Media
September 20, 2013, Pullman, WA (ISN) – The Seattle University volleyball team played better as the match went along, but the offense of Washington State was too much as the Cougars defeated the Redhawks, 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-20), Friday morning in the Cougar Invitational at Bohler Gym.
Washington State (12-0) jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first set, and then three straight points by the Cougars extended their lead into double figures. Kills by Allison Farley (Happy Valley, Ore.) and Iris Ivanis (Pozega, Croatia), along with a block by Stephanie Stoll (Bellevue, Wash.) and Kerry Lane (Tucson, Ariz.), pulled the Redhawks to within six at 15-9, but the Cougars closed out the set on a 7-1 scoring run, with Kyra Holt notching three kills down the stretch to lead the home team.
Three unanswered points by Washington State early in the second set put the Cougars on top, and an 8-2 scoring run later in the set extended Washington State’s lead to 21-12. Holt once again closed out the set with a kill, giving the Cougars a 2-0 match lead.
The third set went back-and-forth, with back-to-back kills from Alec Goodrie (Springfield, Ore.) and Farley putting the Redhawks ahead, 9-8. Washington State scored six unanswered points to go on top, and the Cougars would eventually close out the set and the match on a kill by Ver’Leea Hardaway.
Ivanis finished with six kills and six digs, while Goodrie celebrated her 21st birthday with five kills on 10 attempts and two block assists. Kirstin Schauble (Meadow Vista, Calif.) took over as the setter in the second set and completed the match with 12 assists, five kills in eight attempts, a service ace, and three digs.
“We got another consistent performance out of Alec today, as she did a nice job of attacking the ball without making any errors. Kirstin came in and energized our team, led them to some positive offense while she was the setter. She played very even under pressure. However, we struggled in other positions and played inconsistently, so we need to keep improving,” Seattle U head coach James Finley said.
Hardaway and Holt led the Cougar offense with 12 kills apiece, while Jaicee Harris and Marcelina Glab contributed eight kills each as Washington State posted a .418 hitting percentage in the match. Camryn Irwin finished with 28 assists, three kills, two service aces, and six digs, and libero Kate Sommer added four assists and seven defensive digs to the winning effort.
Seattle University (2-12) remains in Pullman for one more night to prepare for the final match of the Cougar Invitational Saturday, Sept. 21, against Nevada beginning at 10 a.m. at Bohler Gym. The Redhawks will then open Western Athletic Conference play next weekend at the Connolly Center, hosting league newcomers Bakersfield (Thursday, Sept. 26) and Utah Valley (Saturday, Sept. 28), with a start time of 7 p.m. both nights.