It's time for Pac-12 Volleyball
WASHINGTON STATE (6-4, 0-0 PAC-12)
vs. #24 Colorado (9-0, 0-0) | Wednesday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.
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Pac-12 play begins for the Cougs with a tilt against undefeated and #24 ranked Colorado Wednesday at Bohler Gym. The Cougs rebounded from a rough start to the season to run their win streak to six-straight matches and post a winning record in non-conference play. The good news for the Cougs is they get to begin conference play at home on the Palouse where they are 3-0 on the year after claiming their own Cougar Classic title two weeks ago. The bad news is the Cougs begin play against a Colorado side that has yet to drop a match on the year followed by the #6 ranked team in the country, Washington, Sunday.
The Cougs have won the last six matchups against the Buffaloes including going 6-1 in sets last season in a pair of contests in Pullman. All-time the Cougs are 11-10 against Colorado (10-9 since they joined the conference in 2011) including an 8-3 mark at Bohler Gym winning the last five on the Palouse. In the two matches last year Pia Timmer went for 24 kills and 14 digs while Magda Jehlarova combined for 17 kills and 8 blocks.
> Since 2011 under head coach Jen Greeny the Cougs are 3-7 in Pac-12 openers, but have won their last two over Oregon (2020) and #8 Washington (2019).
> Junior Pia Timmer earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday for her play as the MVP of the Thunderdome Classic. It was the first weekly award for the Cougs in 2021 and first Offensive award since 2018.
> Setter Hannah Pukis became the newest member of the 2K assist club last week, moving past the milestone in the third set of the Cougs match against VCU Sept. 18. Pukis enters the match with 2,052 career assists, 43 assists shy of the all-time top-10 (2,093 - Renee Bordelon, 2008-09).
> WSU begins its real pursuit of a 16th overall and 6th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. 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
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