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Cougars Cap Perfect Weekend With Sweep in Tucson

Oct 10, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.  (October 10, 2021)  - Washington State Volleyball received another dominating performance from Pia Timmer who collected 19 kills the lead the Cougars to a road sweep over Arizona Sunday afternoon.
 
WSU improved to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 Conference play by sweeping Arizona 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20 for its first sweep in Tucson since 2016. The Cougars swept the road trip after beating Arizona State Friday evening for their first desert sweep since 2016. Arizona, who entered the weekend second in the Pac-12 standings, dropped to 11-6 and 3-3 in conference play. WSU didn't allow a single Wildcat ace and Karly Basham led the way with 12 digs.
 
WSU received a game-high 19 kills from Timmer who hit a season-best .444 while Penny Tusa and Katy Ryan both recorded eight kills, and Kalyah Williams added six kills. Magda Jehlarova recorded four blocks and five kills while WSU recorded seven aces led by Hannah Pukis and Julia Norville who each tallied two.
 
In the opening set, the Cougars used four straight points to build a 14-8 lead and forced an Arizona timeout. The lead grew to 18-11 and Timmer collected five kills to give the Cougars a 25-18 opening-set win.
 
In the second, Timmer continued to dominate and WSU used three-straight points to build a 14-11 lead and again used three straight points for an 18-13 advantage, forcing another Wildcat timeout. The Cougars closed the set by taking three of the final four points for a 25-20 win.
 
In the third, WSU continued to put up impressive numbers, hitting .429 as a team led by Timmer's six kills and Ryan's five. Kalyah Williams brought the Cougars within two, 15-13 with a successful attack and Timmer followed with three straight kills and Jehlarova followed with a block to give WSU a 17-16 advantage. Both teams traded points before the Cougars closed things out with a 6-1 run that featured a Jehlarova kill, back-to-back kills by Ryan, another by Jehlarova and Ryan before Tusa ended with a successful attack from the left side.
 
Washington State will hit the road again next weekend, facing Oregon State in Corvallis Friday and Oregon Sunday in Eugene.
 
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Junior Pia Timmer dominated throughout the match, hitting a season-high .444 with 19 kills on 36 attacks along with one block and one service ace.
 
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