Timmer Named National Player of the Week
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Adding to her weekly awards after an epic performance on the court, junior Pia Timmer was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Women Player of the Week as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association Tuesday morning. Timmer became just the second Cougar to take home the national award joining Sarah Silvernail who took home the award Nov. 3-10, 1996.
Earlier in the week Timmer was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second-straight week after leading the Cougs to wins over No. 24 Colorado (3-0) and No. 6 Washington (3-2) to begin conference play. The wins ran the Cougs' winning streak to eight-straight matches including a perfect 5-0 mark at home to begin the season.
In a weekend for the ages, Timmer put together one of the all-time great performances in the Crimson and Gray Sunday afternoon in Bohler against the Cougs' biggest rival in No. 6 ranked Washington. Putting the Cougs on her back throughout one of the longest matches in NCAA history, Timmer tied a WSU rally-score record with 31 kills on 76 swings all the while hitting an impressive .303 to lead the way. The 31 kills was the most for a Coug at home in the rally scoring era while tying for fourth-most by a Coug in program history. Her 76 attempts were the most for a Coug since Taylor Mims attempted a program record 79 attacks against Florida State in the NCAA Tournament, Dec. 1, 2017. Every time the Cougs needed a big point Timmer was up to the task not only at the pin but behind the service line as the third-year star came up with a career-best four aces including a pair in the pivotal fifth-set the turned the tides early for WSU. While earning the weekly award for her offense, Timmer was also the Cougs' best all-around player as she finished the rivalry match with career-bests in digs (21) and blocks (7). With the focus on her epic performance Sunday Timmer was solid on Wednesday as well to lead the Cougs' past the Buffs to open Pac-12 play finishing with nine kills and seven digs.
For the week Timmer averaged 5.0 kills, 2.33 digs, 0.88 blocks, and 6.3 points per set in eight sets played against top-25 teams.
Timmer and the Cougs put their eight-match winning streak on the line Friday, Oct. 1 against USC inside of Bohler Gym. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve on the Pac-12 Network.