STANFORD, Calif. — The 16th-seeded Washington State volleyball team was downed in four sets during a Sweet 16 match by top seed Stanford on Friday night at Maples Pavilion to close out its stay in the NCAA Championship
The set scores were: 25-17, 24-26, 25-14, 25-19.
The Cardinal earned their sets with attacking prowess, which generated small runs that proved just enough to stagger WSU. In the second set, however, the Cougars rebounded from a late three-point deficit to best Stanford in extras.
The Cardinal (31-1) put Wazzu (23-10) away in the final two frames by springing to insurmountable eight- and six-point advantages, respectively.
Senior all-conference pick Taylor Mims led WSU with 17 kills and 10 digs. Ella Lajos and Claire Martin combined for eight blocks, while Ashley Brown also registered a double-double (35 assists, 10 digs).
For Stanford, which outhit WSU .274 to .161 and had seven aces, Pac-12 MVP Kathryn Plummer notched a match-high 24 kills, and was bolstered by three others in double figures.
UI assistant takes Carroll helm
Idaho football special teams and tight ends coach Troy Purcell has been named head coach for his alma mater, Carroll College of Helena, Mont., where he played from 1986-90 alongside Paul Petrino and under storied Saints coach Bob Petrino Sr.
The school announced the development Friday. Purcell, who will become Carroll’s 21st coach, will replace Mike Van Diest, who retired after 20 years as skipper and six NAIA national championships.
“There’s a great tradition at Carroll College academically and athletically,” Purcell said. “Being able to follow up behind two legendary coaches in Bob Petrino and Mike Van Diest is very exciting. I’m ready to continue that tradition of excellence.”
Purcell, a Helena native, was an assistant at UI for the last three seasons — he coached linebackers in 2016, tight ends in ’17, and coordinated the special teams in ’18 (while also retaining tight-end duties).
This season, UI’s special teams ranked in the upper echelons of the Big Sky and FCS in several categories, including net punting, punt return average and kicks blocked.
“I’m very happy for Troy. He’s going to do a great job,” said UI coach Paul Petrino, quoted in a news release. “He has an excellent mind on both sides of the ball. ... He’s high energy and a proven winner. He’s got ties all over Montana. Former Saint. Former player. He’ll do well at Carroll College.”
Purcell began his coaching career in the Montana prep scene, where he led Havre High to a ’04 championship, and logged three titles with Bozeman High between 2005-16.