No. 21 Cougs fall to No. 2 Stanford

WSU volleyball couldn’t match Cardinal in three straight sets


JORDAN MAXWELL | Daily Evergreen file

WSU senior setter Nicole Rigoni sets up junior opposite Claire Martin on Nov. 11, 2017 against Stanford.

COLIN CONNOLLY, Evergreen reporter

No. 21 WSU volleyball fell to No. 2 Stanford in three straight sets Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (15-1) came out hot, starting the first set up 10-4 early against the Cougars (13-4). WSU started to adjust, however, cutting into the Cardinal lead but still trailing 18-12.

From there Stanford finished the set without much trouble, winning by a final tally of 25-15. The first set wasn’t all lost though — WSU learned something and came out looking better in the second set.

Down one set to zero, the Cougs started the second set up 5-3. Stanford came back and tied the set 8-8, but WSU kept on pushing on to gain small leads. The largest lead of the set came at 22-18.

Head Coach Jen Greeny was forced to call a timeout when the Cardinal stormed back and tied it at 22. Senior outside hitter Taylor Mims went out with an injury and the Cougs couldn’t finish the set.

A hard-fought 30-28 loss put the Cougars down two sets to none and without Mims, they had a steep hill to climb.

Stanford flexed its muscles in the third set, showing why the team is ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Cardinal got an early 6-1 lead and never looked back. It extended the lead to 15-7 and eventually won the set 25-12.

Mims finished the match with 12 kills but didn’t come back after her second-set injury, and will be someone to keep an eye on as WSU looks to get a new win streak started in its next match.

The Cougars’ next match will take place against University of California, Berkeley, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Haas Pavilion.