Volleyball Takes Oregon to Five-Sets
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Volleyball concluded the weekend series against Oregon, with a five-set loss to the Ducks inside Bohler Gym.
Set scores from the match were: 19-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, and 8-15 in favor of Oregon (1-1, 1-1 Pac-12).
The Ducks of Oregon jumped ahead of the Cougars of Washington State (1-1, 1-1 Pac-12) to begin the opening set of this second match between these two programs. Oregon posted a 6-2 scoring run, until WSU was able to fire back with a Hannah Pukis kill. The Ducks continued to find success on offense, as their lead extended out to 16-8 midway through the set. The Cougars began to make a strong comeback late in the set, as a 5-1 run, fueled by an Alexcis Lusby solo block and multiple Oregon errors saw the score at just 20-17. The Ducks however were able to cap off the set win, outscoring the Cougs down the stretch at 25-19.
Set number two brought more intense early action that these programs have been used to all weekend, with the Cougs holding a slim 10-8 advantage after a Kalyah Williams kill. Washington State began to find some separation from the visiting Ducks, after a 6-1 scoring run propelled WSU ahead 16-10. The offense was clicking for the Cougars during this run with kills provided by Julianna Dalton, Magda Jehlářová, and Pia Timmer. Oregon staged a minor comeback, but was nothing WSU could not handle, finishing off the set victory with a Charity Bradley kill and a Duck error.
Oregon regained its momentum from the opening set, posting a 7-3 scoring run to begin set three. The Ducks continued to have offensive success with yet another run of 4-1 against the Cougars to push the lead out ot 13-8 midway through the contest. Washington State mounted an impressive comeback with four consecutive points, with help from multiple Jasmine Martin kills, and a service ace from Timmer. Oregon countered with a 4-0 run of their own to regain control of the set with a score of 20-17, and then produced yet another run of 5-1 to cap off the set win at 25-19 over the Cougs.
Washington State was determined to force a set five in this match, posting a 5-0 scoring run for an 11-7 lead. Dalton recorded multiple kills during this run and Pukis added a service ace to keep WSU out in front. This set went on to feature three additional ties down the stretch, until the Cougars surged ahead with kills from Timmer and Dalton, winning the set 25-22.
These two programs battled intensely throughout these two matches during this weekend series. Set number five was closely contested early, however the Ducks produced a 6-1 scoring run over the Cougars to ultimately seal the match in their favor. Oregon finished off the final set with another run of 4-0, and took the contest 3-2 overall, and split the series against Washington State for the spring.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Julianna Dalton posted 14 kills in the match, a career-high for the freshman. Dalton also tied a career-high in total blocks with five, and added a kill percentage of .326 in the contest.
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- Hannah Pukis once again found herself totalling a double-double with 42 assists, and 17 digs.
- Pia Timmer also posted her second double-double of the year with 12 kills, and a career-high 17 digs.
- Aria McComber went on to record a team-high 20 digs in this match, which was also a career-high for the sophomore.