WASHINGTON – Aleksandra Kazala posted her third double-double in four matches with 18 kills and 11 digs, but Washington State earned a four-set volleyball victory over American University in the annual Bender Blue Out match.
The Eagles fell to 1-3 on the season, while the match was the first of the new year for the Cougars. WSU came into the match having received votes in the preseason coaches poll after tying for fifth in the Pac-12 Conference.
Washington State won the first two sets 27-25 and 25-22, with the Eagles rolling to a 25-14 win in the third. AU held off five match points but lost 28-26 in the fourth set.
Vela McBride finished with 11 kills and five blocks for AU, which also got six kills and five service aces from Meaghan Donahue off the bench. Kennedy Etheridge had 39 assists and four blocks, with sophomore libero Kristen Largay finishing with 19 digs.
Ella Lajos and Casey Schoenlein had 10 kills each for WSU. Ashley Brown had 19 assists and 12 digs, with Jocelyn Urias tallying seven blocks.
American plays next weekend in Boston at the Harvard Invitational. AU faces Sacred Heart on Friday, Sept. 1 before playing Stony Brook and the host Crimson on Saturday.
American's next home match is Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against Morgan State.
Tickets to all AU home volleyball matches are available at the Bender Arena Box Office.