Cougars Beat Buffs in Four
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Volleyball took down the Buffaloes of Colorado Thursday evening in Pac-12 action, from the Cougars home arena of Bohler Gym.
Set scores from the match were: 25-14, 25-16, 19-25 and 25-22 in favor of No. 22 WSU (5-2, 5-2 Pac-12).
Washington State came ready for a battle against the Buffaloes of Colorado (4-1, 4-1 Pac-12), jumping ahead to a 5-1 lead over the visitors. Freshman Julianna Dalton fueled most of this opening attack, totaling three kills during the opening run. WSU only continued to improve in this first set, posting a 7-1 scoring run as Pia Timmer and Penny Tusa recorded a kill and an ace respectively for the 11-5 lead. The Cougars never stepped off the gas in set one, as blocks from Alexcis Lusby, Magda Jehlářová, and Timmer finished off the Buffs at 25-14.
Set two saw the Cougs continuing to ride that opening set momentum, with a 6-3 scoring run to begin play. Multiple errors from Colorado and multiple kills from Lusby saw the Cougars continuing to click offensively. Washington State built their lead out to 18-10 midway through the set as kills all from Jehlářová, Timmer and Lusby fueled the fire by the home squad. CU did manage a 5-0 scoring run of their own late in the set, but a block from Hannah Pukis and Williams capped off the second set victory at 25-16.
The Buffaloes came ready with a counterattack in set number three, posting a 5-0 scoring run to begin the set for the 5-2 advantage. Colorado only continued to increase their lead at 21-12. The Cougars would not go away quietly however, as WSU recorded four consecutive points, with Magda and Pia each posting one kill each and one block assist, putting the score at 21-16. The home comeback was cut shorty unfortunately, as CU took set three 25-19 in the end.
Set four in this Pac-12 match up was far more intense than the previous three, as these two squads produced 11 total ties and five overall lead changes, just within this final set. The Buffaloes began to piece together a 6-1 scoring run of their own to hold a 14-10 lead over the Cougars midway through the set. WSU answered back with multiple small runs until the Cougs caught fire late in the contest, posting six unanswered points to take the set at 25-22 and the match at 3-1 overall.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Julianna Dalton led the Cougar offensive attack on the night with 13 total kills, while hitting .300 overall on the night. Dalton also added two blocks and three digs in the winning effort.
INTO THE TWITTER-VERSE
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- Hannah Pukis posted another double-double this season, totaling 34 assists and 13 digs. She also added six kills and four blocks to her stat line as well, while hitting .500 against the Buffs.
- Pia Timmer found herself in double-digit kills with 12 on the night. Timmer went on to finish with eight digs, a career-high four total blocks, and two service aces.
- Magda Jehlářová posted seven kills during the match, hitting .357 overall on 14 total attacks. Magda ended the evening with six total blocks to lead the Cougars as well.