Cougs Split Weekend With No. 18 UCLA
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Volleyball was defeated in four sets Saturday afternoon, by the No. 18 ranked Bruins of UCLA inside Bohler Gym.
Set scores from the match were: 20-25, 25-13, 15-25 and 21-25 in favor of No. 18 UCLA (4-2, 4-2 Pac-12).
Set number one saw each of these programs pick up where they left off Thursday, which was of an intense battle between the two. The Bruins began the contest with a quick 3-0 scoring run, but was quickly countered by the Cougars (4-2, 4-2 Pac-12) with multiple small runs of their own. The home squad saw production defensively as Pia Timmer, and Kalyah Williams recorded blocks, and later it was Williams and Timmer again as Kalyah posted a kill and Pia a service ace for the 10-9 advantage. UCLA continued to fight back however, as multiple small runs of their own, saw the visitors from Los Angeles up 17-15 midway through the set. The Bruins continued to ride that late momentum against WSU, posting a 5-1 run to end the set at 25-20.
Washington State began to find their stride in set number two, starting off hot against UCLA with a 5-1 scoring run, aided by multiple Hannah Pukis kills. The WSU lead only continued to grow from there, as multiple errors from UCLA, and kills from Williams gave the home squad a 12-5 advantage. The Cougs went on to produce yet another 5-1 scoring run, as blocks from Julianna Dalton and Magda Jehlářová, holding down a lead of 20-10. WSU ultimately capped off the set win with a block from Timmer and Williams and a UCLA error.
The Bruins flipped the momentum to their side quick to begin set number three, as UCLA would go on a 10-2 scoring run to open the game. The Cougs would stop the visiting attack with a pair of kills from Alexcis Lusby and Timmer, putting the score at 11-5 overall. Washington State began clawing back into this set, with a 5-1 scoring run of their own, as multiple kills and a solo block from Timmer gave the Cougs new life midway through this competition. UCLA countered the WSU comeback with a 7-2 run of their own, and went to eventually take set three at 25-15.
UCLA stayed hot early in set number four, posting a 6-1 scoring run overall. The Cougs held strong midway through the set, as kills from Timmer and Dalton, along with UCLA. WSU found its' groove shortly after a small UCLA run, as the Cougars posted a scoring run of 6-1 to tie the set back up at 13-13 overall after a kill from Timmer. These two squads went on to trade points midway through the set, until the Bruins found an opening for a 4-0 run to reclaim the lead over WSU at 19-16 before the Cougars took a timeout. Despite trading points down the stretch of this set, the Bruins were able to string together a 3-1 run to not only take the set at 25-21, but the match as well at 3-1.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Pia Timmer led the Cougars with 13 kills in the contest, hitting .250 overall as well. Timmer went on to record three service aces, three blocks, and six digs.
INTO THE TWITTER-VERSE
S2 | Back-to-back KILLS from @hannahpukis and the Cougs are up early!
WSU 4-1#GoCougs pic.twitter.com/48ejUOFbyh
— Cougar Volleyball (@WSUCougarVB) February 6, 2021
- Hannah Pukis posted yet another double-double, her fifth of the season with 23 assists and 11 digs on the day. She also added three blocks, five kills, and one ace to her stat sheet as well.
- Julianna Dalton and Alexcis Lusby finished with eight and six kills respectively. Dalton went on to post six digs and two blocks during the contest also.