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#25 Volleyball set to take on OSU in Corvallis

Oct 13, 2021

#25 WASHINGTON STATE (10-6, 4-2 PAC-12)
at Oregon State  (3-13, 1-5 PAC-12)   |   Friday, Oct. 15   |   6 p.m.
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MATCH PREVIEW
The Cougs remain on the road to complete their two-week stretch away from Pullman with a weekend trek west to take on Oregon State and Oregon. The Cougs are 2-0 in Pac-12 play on the road and 4-2 overall in true road matches on the year.
WSU has dominated the series recently against the Beavers winning five-straight including three-consecutive matches at Gill Coliseum. In the five-match run the Cougs have dropped just three total sets and have posted a pair of sweeps including the last time the two teams met last season. In the opener last season it was Pia Timmer (18 kills) and Magda Jehlarova (11 kills) that led the attack while in match two it was a dominant defense that held the Beavers to .095 hitting while outblocking OSU 13-to-5. In the match the middles, Jehlarova and Kalyah Williams each recorded five blocks in the match.
All-time against the Beavers the Cougs are 54-42 with their last loss coming in 2017 when the Beavers won a four-setter at Gill Coliseum.

LAST TIME OUT
> The Cougs dominated the weekend in the Copper State sweeping away ASU and Arizona. The pair of road sweeps at the AZ Schools was the first for the Cougs since 2016 while the win at the McKale Center was just the 8th road win for WSU in Tucson all-time.
> WSU was dominant at the service line all weekend long recording 16 combined service aces including putting nine down against the Sun Devils, the second most for the Cougs on the season.
> The offense found its form once again especially at Arizona where the Cougs .326, their best mark in Pac-12 play and third-best mark on the year. In the match Pia Timmer was at her best hitting .444 while finishing with a match-high 19 kills.

QUICK NOTES
> The Cougs picked up a pair of sweeps at ASU and Arizona finishing the AZ roadtrip perfect for the first time since 2016. The wins were the Cougs' first on the road in Pac-12 play.
> WSU enters the week ranked #25 in the AVCA poll, the first ranking for the Cougs since week #1.
> Pia Timmer enters the weekend 6th in the Pac-12 and 51st in the nation at 3.95 kills per set. 
> Magda Jehlarova ranks 3rd in the Pac-12 with 71 total blocks and a 1.22 blocks per set average.
> Freshman Katy Ryan moved into the lead in Pac-12 hitting percentage through three weeks as the first year opposite has posted an impressive .469 average with 64 conference kills.
> Penny Tusa continues to serve her way up the top-10 aces list moved into a tie with Cindy Baker (1985-88) for 5th all-time with 125 career aces. She also ranks tied for 10th having played 455 career sets.
> WSU ranks 37th in the RPI entering the weekend while sitting 20th in the Pablo Rankings.
> 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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