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Volleyball Begins Fall at South Carolina

Aug 26, 2021

#18 WASHINGTON STATE (0-0, 0-0 PAC-12)
at South Carolina (0-0, 0-0 SEC)         |    Friday., August 27        |   11:00 a.m. PT
vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh (0-0, 0-0 ACC)     |    Sunday., August 28      |    9:30 a.m. PT

> Watch (at SC)                  |       SEC Network+ (ESPN+)
> Live Stats (at SC)            |       Stats Link
 > Live Stats (vs. Pitt)         |       Stats Link
 
WEEKEND PREVIEW - KEY NOTES
Washington State opens the year on the road at the Carolina Classic where the Cougars will face both South Carolina and No. 9 Pittsburgh while at Columbia, S.C. WSU is currently 1-1 all-time against the Gamecocks, with the most recent meeting featuring a 3-0 sweep for the Cougs, while competing at the Disney World SEC-Pac-12 Challenge from Orlando.

The Cougs are 1-0 all-time against the Panthers, having defeated Pitt back in 1993 by a score of 3-1 while competing at the Eddie Bauer First Serve Invitationals from Seattle. WSU has 20 all-time victories against top 10 nationally ranked opponents as well. The Cougars enter the 2021 fall season ranked No. 18 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll.

This is the highest preseason national ranking the Cougs have earned since the AVCA took over doing the NCAA Volleyball Coaches Poll instead of USA Today. WSU Volleyball was tabbed fifth in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll, which is also an all-time high for conference preseason rankings for the Cougs. Washington State also saw another program high, as three student-athletes were selected to the All-Pac-12 Preseason Team, the most in WSU history. Those individuals were Hannah Pukis, Magda Jehlářová, and Pia Timmer.

Washington State is one of only 17 programs (14 from Power 5 Schools) in the nation, out of 334 total schools, to qualify for the NCAA Championship Tournament in 5 consecutive seasons (2016-20). - Others included are: Baylor, BYU, Creighton, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Diego, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin WSU has finished in the Top 5 in the Pac-12 standings, four out of the last five years.

This was the 15th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament for the WSU volleyball program. Coach Jen Greeny has now been a part of 11 total tournament appearances for WSU: playing for the Cougars in the NCAA Tournament (1995, '96, '97), was an assistant coach for WSU's appearances in 2000, '01 and '02, and as a head coach in 2016, '17, '18, '19 and '20.
 
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