Volleyball Completes Series Sweep of ASU
TEMPE, Ariz. – Washington State Volleyball completed the series sweep of Arizona State Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Sun Devils.
Set scores from the match were: 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, and 25-19 in favor of the Cougars (3-1, 3-1 Pac-12).
The opening set featured an early back-and-forth between the Cougars and the Sun Devils of Arizona State (1-3, 1-3 Pac-12), until a 5-1 scoring run from WSU gave the Cougs a 7-5 advantage. Washington State saw hot offensive starts from Julianna Dalton, Kalyah Williams, Pia Timmer, and Magda Jehlarova. Another 5-1 run from the Cougars put the score at 12-9, after an incredible block from Williams and Timmer. Arizona State continued to counter WSU's scoring runs, until another Coug batch of points featuring a Penny Tusa ace and kill, put the score at 19-16. However the Sun Devils generated a big 9-2 scoring run of their own to end the first set with a 25-22 win over WSU.
Arizona State began set two with a slim 4-1 lead, until the Cougs began fighting right back with a 6-1 run of their own fueled by Dalton, Timmer and Magda kills. Washington State started to heat up with a 9-3 run, as a Jehlarova ace and a solo block from Williams shot the Cougars ahead to a 20-14 lead. WSU kept the foot on the pedal offensively with a 5-1 run with kill sfrom Tusa, Timmer and Williams for the 25-16 set victory.
The Cougars picked up where they left off in the previous set, scoring five consecutive to open set number three with multiple kills from Pia and a block from both Dalton and Williams. WSU continued to piece together small scoring run throughout, until a massive scoring outburst from the Cougs put them comfortably in the lead at 23-15. Kalyah ultimately finished the set win off with a kill for the 25-16 win for the Cougs.
Set number four was a close battle early on, with five ties until Washington State managed to create a solid scoring run of 6-1 to take a 20-15 advantage. The offense was clicking for the Cougars during this run, along with a strong defensive front of Dalton, Williams and Jehlarova. WSU posted four consecutive points to cap off the match victory, with a final kill from Timmer at 25-19.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Kalyah Williams posted a career day against the Sun Devils with 12 total kills, which ties her career-high, along with a hitting percentage of .455, a career-high for the sophomore. Williams also posted seven total blocks, another career-high.
INTO THE TWITTER-VERSE
S4 | @juliannadalton7 puts this one away and ASU calls the timeout!!
— Cougar Volleyball (@WSUCougarVB) January 30, 2021
- Hannah Pukis posted her fourth consecutive double-double with 42 assists and 13 digs during the contest. She also added two kills and two blocks in the match.
- Pia Timmer added another double-double this season with 10 kills and 13 digs. Timmer saw success defensively as well with three blocks.
- Freshman Julianna Dalton continued to find open space on the floor offensively with 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .276. Dalton added six blocks during the match to help anchor the defensive front.
- Magda Jehlarova continued to dominate both offensively and defensively with 11 kills, a hitting percentage of .526, and seven total blocks.