Volleyball Sweeps Through Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Washington State Volleyball took down Oregon State Sunday afternoon inside Gill Coliseum by a score of 3-0, and completed the series sweep of the Beavers as well.
Set scores from the match were: 25-17, 25-20, and 25-20 in favor of No. 16 WSU (10-2, 10-2 Pac-12).
The Cougars picked up where they left of at from Friday evening against the Beavers of Oregon State (5-9, 5-9 Pac-12), leading 7-3 to open set one. A pair of service aces from Hannah Pukis, along with blocks from Julianna Dalton, Madga Jehlářová and Alexcis Lusby fueled the Cougs during this opening run. Washington State piled a 5-1 scoring run on top of that hot start, as multiple kills from Lusby and several errors from the Beavers gave the Cougars an 11-5 advantage. These squads would trade points throughout the midway part of the set, until the Cougars posted another run of 4-1 with some help from a Penny Tusa ace, and kills from Pia Timmer and Lusby, to force the Oregon State timeout. WSU ultimately continued the opening set hot streak with a 5-1 run, anchored by kills from Kalyah Williams and Pukis for the 25-17 win.
Oregon State found an answer early in set two against Washington State as multiple scoring runs from the Beavers gave the home team a 11-6 advantage. The Cougs came fully prepared to fight back against OSU, recording a 6-1 scoring run as just about everyone participated in the scoring for Washington State. This large run featured an ace from Julia Norville, kills and blocks from both Julianna Dalton and Williams, and a block from Pukis as well. WSU continued to find their rhythm as the set progressed, going on yet another scoring run of 4-0 to force another OSU timeout. Multiple errors from the Beavers along with an Aria McComber ace help ignite the Cougars late in set two, leading 18-15. Washington State closed out the set, in control with a pair of kills from Lusby and Williams for the 25-20 victory.
Set number three began intense between these two programs, until the Cougs found some separation with a 5-1 scoring run, which forced the Oregon State timeout. This opening run featured kills from Lusby, Williams, and Timmer as the offense was rolling in set three. Washington State took full control of set three, posting an 8-2 run late in the game to hold the 18-10 lead over OSU. The Cougs once again saw scoring from multiple people from an ace by McComber to a block by Williams and Pukis, along with a kill by Jehlářová. WSU finished off Oregon State for the sweep after yet another block from Pukis and Williams for the 25-20 win.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Hannah Pukis seemed to do it all during the 3-0 victory over Oregon State, as she posted 24 assists, eight digs, five kills, four blocks and two service aces during the contest along with hitting .500 overall on 10 swings.
INTO THE TWITTER-VERSE
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- Alexcis Lusby led WSU in total kills today with nine. Lusby also finished the match hitting .400 on 15 attacks and recorded three blocks as well.
- Madga Jehlářová provided solid numbers both offensively and defensively during this three-set contest, posting six kills, five blocks, four digs and hit .417 overall.
- The Cougars currently sit in first place in the Pac-12 standings with a winning percentage of .833 overall (10-2, 10-2 Pac-12).
- Cougar Volleyball will hit the court next, Friday, March 19, as Washington State will host rival UW inside Bohler Gym for a Pac-12 contest with first serve slated for 6 p.m.