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Off to the Bay Area for two

Nov 10, 2021
at Cal (7-18, 0-14) | Thursday, Nov. 11 | 7 p.m.
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at Stanford (13-9, 8-6) | Saturday, Nov. 13 | 8 p.m.
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MATCH PREVIEWS
The Cougs head to the Bay Area to take on Cal and Stanford while looking to keep pace at the top of the standings in the Pac-12. The opener in Berkeley has the Cougs in search of their fourth-straight win having swept the Bears in three-consecutive matches in Pullman. While the Cougs have been dominant as of late, WSU has not fared well in Berkeley with its last win coming in 2013. The win was just the second for the Cougs on the road against Cal since the turn of the century. WSU will attempt to repeat the performance from a few weeks prior when the Cougs threw up 14 blocks in just three sets, led by Kalyah Williams career day as she posted 8.
On Saturday, the Cougs look for some revenge after dropping a five-setter to the Cardinal back on Oct. 22. The Cardinal rallied from 2-1 down to stun the Cougs in Bohler, outblocking and outhitting WSU in the match. Stanford has been a thorn in the Cougs side from the outset holding a 64-4 advantage in the all-time series with the last WSU win coming in 2016. Sunday will give the Cougs an opportunity to pick up their first win at Maples Pavilion having yet to win on the road against the Cardinal.

LAST TIME OUT
> The Cougs swept the weekend against the Arizona Schools giving WSU the season sweep for the first time since 2016.
> WSU's service game was on point serving 28 aces in the two matches including a program record 18 against ASU.
> Magda Jehlarova came up with one of the finest offensive weekends in program history to lead the Cougs. In one of the most proficient weekends in program history the all-american combined to post an epic line of 27-0-37 to hit an unprecedented .730 against the two Arizona schools. Additionally she finished with a team best 16 blocks.

QUICK NOTES
> Coach Jen Greeny enters the weekend 14th all-time in wins in the Pac-12 having won 182 matches at WSU.
> WSU entered the week ranked #21 in the AVCA poll, holding their spot in the rankings.
> The service game has been one of the Cougs' most effective weapons ranking 39th in the nation at 1.72 aces per set. In conference play alone the Cougs have posted league-best 100 aces (1.89 per set). With 151 aces the Cougs are nearing in on the program single season top-5.
> In Pac-12 play the Cougs are 4th in hitting at .256 while defensively the team ranks 2nd at .205 opponent hitting percentage. The Cougs are third in blocks at 2.58 in Pac-12 play.
> Magda Jehlarova became a three-time Pac-12 DPOW after earning the award this week once again. She finished the week with 16 blocks to lead the defensive efforts. On the year Jehlarova leads the Pac-12 at 1.43 blocks per set, 6th best in all DI volleyball.
> Pia Timmer enters the weekend 4th in the Pac-12 at 3.97 kills per set while she leads the way with an impressive 0.41 aces per set. In conference play she has been even better at 4.21 kills and 0.51 aces for a 4.96 points per set average.
> Penny Tusa continues to serve her way up the top-10 aces list as she is 2nd all-time with 138 career aces. The record is 143 set by LaToya Harris (1999-02). She currently ranks #27 all-time in Pac-12 history and is just outside the top-25 active players in Division I.
> WSU ranks 31st in the RPI entering the weekend while sitting 19th 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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