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A chance to rebound, Cougs host No. 15 UCLA Sunday

Oct 2, 2021

vs. #15 UCLA (9-2, 2-1 PAC-12)   |   Sunday, Oct. 3   |   11 a.m.
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The Cougs close out their four-match homestand with a tilt against the #15 ranked Bruins. The match is the third top-25 matchup for WSU in four matches to begin Pac-12 play after defeating #24 Colorado and #6 Washington last week to open conference action. The two sides have split the last 10 matches in the all-time series including a split in Pullman last season as the Cougs downed the Bruins 3-2 in the opener before falling the next night 3-1. The Bruins have won two of the last three at Bohler Gym and hold a 57-12 all-time record against the Cougs dating back to 1986.
In the split last season Pia Timmer led the way with 28 combined kills as well as five blocks and 17 digs in the two matches. Mac May posted 37 combined kills for the Bruins to lead the attack.
May leads the Bruins attack on the year at 3.95 kills per set (5th in the Pac-12). She posted 20 kills in the five-set loss at Washington Friday night as the Bruins were reverse swept and fell for the first time in Pac-12 play.

> The Cougs saw their eight-match winning streak come to an end as well as their five-match home winning streak with the loss to the Trojans. 
> USC became the first team to outhit the Cougs on their home court and first opponent to hit over .200 as the Trojans finished the match hitting .266 to the Cougs' .190.
> Pia Timmer was the lone Coug to reach double-figures in kills finishing with a match-high 17 kills on 50 attacks. She added 12 digs to finish her off her fourth double-double of the season.
> Magda Jehlarova finished the match with eight kills, four blocks, and a career-best seven digs.
> The Cougs posted double-digit service errors for the second-straight game with 12 in the match while the seven service aces for the Trojans was a season-high against WSU.

> The Cougs fell for the first time at home Friday night with the 3-1 loss to the Trojans. It snapped an 8-match winning streak for WSU.
> WSU is 5-1 at home on the year with four sweeps and a pair of top-25 victories (both coming to open Pac-12 play against #24 Colorado and #6 Washington).
> Junior Pia Timmer became just the second Sports Import/AVCA National Player of the Week joining Sarah Silvernail (1996) as the only Cougs to earn the national honor.
> Timmer became the first back-to-back Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week in 2021 for her play to begin conference play. Her 3.89 kills per set rank 6th in the Pac-12.
> Junior Magda Jehlarova earned her first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award and sixth weekly honor for her play against Colorado and Washington. She is 5th in the Pac-12 at 1.19 blocks per set.
> Setter Hannah Pukis moved into the top-10 all-time for assists with 2,185. She is nearing in on #9 Ashley Brown (2,234). She ranks 2nd in the Pac-12 at 10.72 assists per set.
> Penny Tusa continues to serve her way up the top-10 aces list sitting 7th with 120, next up is #6 Kyra Holt (123)
> WSU continues its 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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