WASHINGTON, D.C. – Howard Volleyball dropped its nonconference matchup against Pac-12 foe Washington State in four sets (22-25, 25-18, 16-25, 21-25).
Junior setter Tamia Dockery (Navajo) registered a double-double, posting 31 dimes and 16 digs in the loss.
Washington State jumped out an 8-3 lead in the opening set, forcing the Bison to use a timeout. As the first game progressed, HU began to get into a rhythm. Despite WSU taking the first set, Howard built momentum going into game two.
Trailing, 7-5, HU used an early timeout and regained their composure. With the Bison faithful in their corner, Howard went on a 9-3 run and took its first lead of the match, 14-10. HU’s momentum continued as they held an eight-point advantage late into the set, forcing the Cougars into another timeout, 19-11. WSU refused to go away; however, the Bison would tie the match after two games, 1-1.
Early into set three, the Cougars pounced and took a 9-3 advantage. As the game continued, HU battled; however, were unable to gain ground as they trailed late into the set, 20-13. WSU finished the game scoring five-of-the-last eight points while reclaiming the match lead, 2-1.
Despite both squads going back-and-forth, the Cougars held a 19-17 lead late into game four. Howard fought back and stayed into striking distance, but Washington State would hold off the Bison to take the match, 3-1.
Jessica Young recorded a team-best 11 kills while Khaila Donaldson registered 13 digs and eight kills in a losing effort.
For Washington State (2-0), McKenna Woodford produced a double-double with 18 kills and 17 digs. Defensively, Alexis Dirige manufactured 36 digs in the victory.
Howard (1-3) goes West for the Fullerton Classic (Sept. 1-2) where they will meet Southern Utah, San Jose State, and Cal-Fullerton.