Cougs Top Wildcats Inside Bohler Gym
PULLMAN, Wash. – No. 15 Washington State Volleyball started the final series of the regular season on a high note Thursday evening, defeating Arizona 3-1 at home.
Set scores from the match were: 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-12 in favor of No. 15 WSU (11-3, 11-3 Pac-12).
This Pac-12 match between these programs featured a closely contested battle early, as Arizona (9-11, 9-11 Pac-12) and Washington State totaled six overall ties, leading to a 7-7 score. The Wildcats created a small 4-1 scoring run to capture a 12-9 lead, but the Cougs powered right back with a 4-1 run of their own to tie up the set at 13-13. Jasmine Martin and Julianna Dalton fueled the offensive effort during the run, providing one kill each. WSU started rolling late in the set, posting a 4-0 scoring run as another kill from Martin and three errors by the Wildcats saw the Cougars up 21-19. Momentum quickly swung in favor of the visitors from Tucson however, as five consecutive Wildcat points gave Arizona the lead at 24-21. Arizona capped off the set victory at 25-22 with a kill to take the early match lead.
The Cougars came out swinging in set number two, as the game began with a Julia Norville ace. Washington State found some rhythm early with a 3-0 run as a kill from Dalton and a block from Hannah Pukis and Madga Jehlářová provided a 6-3 advantage. WSU found more success midway through set two, as another quick run anchored by a Penny Tusa ace and another Dalton kill gave the home squad the 14-11 lead. Arizona and WSU would go on to trade points throughout most of the middle of this set, until the Wildcats once again tied up the contest at 18-18. The Wildcats managed to take a late lead over the Cougs after posting a 6-1 scoring run, up 22-19. The Cougs always know how to fight back into a match as an ace from both Aria McComber and Hannah Pukis, along with back-to-back solo blocks by Jehlářová gave WSU the 24-23 lead. Washington State took set two after a final attack error by the Wildcats for the 25-23 win.
Washington State caught fire early in set three, posting a 4-0 scoring run to open the set. The Cougs saw production from Argentina Ung, Jehlářová and Tusa as all recorded kills to see WSU up 7-5. Arizona countered right back however, posting a 3-0 run to take over the lead at 8-7. WSU continued to maintain a slim lead throughout the set, until a 4-0 run from the Wildcats saw the visitors take a 16-15 lead of their own. Both these squads continued trading blows late into set three, as five additional ties saw the score at 20-20 overall. The Cougs turned it up a notch to finish off this set, with a 5-1 scoring run, which featured crucial kills from Martin and Pukis.
The Cougs began set four with a bit of a run to open the game up, posting a 4-1 scoring run and forcing Arizona to take an early timeout with a 7-5 lead. Dalton, Ung and Jehlářová continued to be the driving force for offense tonight, as all three recorded kills during the run. The Wildcats once again used an early timeout with WSU leading 9-6 as multiple errors and another kill from Argentina turned up the pressure even more on UA. Washington State began to really find it's groove midway through the set, as a 7-1 scoring run put the Cougs ahead 17-8. Serving aces from Julia Norville and Tusa helped aid the scoring production in this run, along with a kill from Martin. Washington State looked dominate to close out set four, posting yet another run at 7-2 to win it 25-12 overall. Jehlářová provided the defensive front adding a solo block during the run, and Dalton and Ung each totaled multiple kills to finish off Arizona.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Freshman Argentina Ung had herself a career-night for the Cougs, as career-highs in both kills and hitting percentage helped lead Washington State to a 3-1 victory. Ung ended the night with 12 kills, hitting .571, along with three digs and one block as well.
INTO THE TWITTER-VERSE
S2 | Aria McComber making an incredible play & Tusa provides the KILL‼️
— Cougar Volleyball (@WSUCougarVB) April 2, 2021
- Jasmine Martin posted a career-night as well, totaling 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .474, both career-highs. Martin recorded two blocks during the contest as well.
- Madga Jehlářová turned in a dominate defensive performance on the night, tying her career-high in total blocks with 10 overall. Magda four kills and three assists to her stat sheet also.
- Julia Norville posted a career-high 15 digs in the match tonight. Penny Tusa matched the sophomore in the stat category with 15 digs of her own as well.
- Cougars hit the court next, Saturday April 3 as WSU will play the final regular season match of this 2021 spring season against the Wildcats of Arizona. The Pac-12 contest is set for a 12 p.m. start inside Bohler Gym as well.