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Final home weekend at Bohler begins with No. 16 Oregon

Nov 17, 2021
vs #16 Oregon (720-6, 11-5) | Thursday, Nov. 18 | 6 p.m.
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vs Oregon State (4-22, 1-14) | Sunday, Nov. 21 | Noon
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MATCH PREVIEWS
The Cougs return home for the final time in 2021 as WSU hosts #16 Oregon and Oregon State. Last time against the two Oregon schools the Cougs came up with a pair of road sweeps. It was the first perfect road trip to Oregon for the Cougs since 2002.
The sweep of then #13 ranked Oregon was the highest ranked road sweep for WSU since 1996 and the first in Eugene since 2003. Defensively the Cougs were dominant holding both teams under .200 while holding the Ducks to just .091 hitting.
The .091 was a season low for the Ducks and nearly .100 points worse than their previous low of .171 against Utah. WSU's 10 blocks in the match was the fourth double-digit block performance of the season for the Cougs at the time and third in Pac-12 play.
Hannah Pukis recorded her second-straight double-double, eighth of the year and fourth in Pac-12 play with 32 assists and 11 digs. She added three kills and two blocks while the Cougs outhit the Ducks .243-to-.091. Middle blocker Magda Jehlarova dominated the net finishing the day with 10 kills and nine blocks including two solo efforts. The junior had her hands on all but one of the Cougs' 10 blocks on the day at Eugene.

LAST TIME OUT
> The Cougs split their series in the Bay Area, sweeping Cal before falling in four at #20 Stanford.
> WSU played without its top offensive threat against the Cardinal as Pia Timmer missed her first match of the season after leaving the match against Cal in the first set due to injury. Without Timmer the Cougs were held to just .145 hitting, their lowest attack% in Pac-12 play.
> Throughout the weekend the Cougs' continued their stellar serving picking up 18 more aces including 11 at Cal in the three set match. Penny Tusa picked up 7 more aces on the weekend including four against the Bears.
> In the loss at Stanford Argentina Ung put together a career night with 15 kills and 15 digs for her first career double-double.

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 #22 in the AVCA poll, dropping one spot in the rankings after the loss at Stanford.
> The Cougs have been on a tear from the service line with 46 aces in the last four matches. On the year the Cougs have a league-best 169 aces - 8 away from the program's top-5 which would also be the most in a season since 1992. The Cougs have the top two servers in the Pac-12 in Pia Timmer (0.40 SAps) and Penny Tusa (0.39 SAps).
> Penny Tusa became the all-time leader in career service aces at WSU when she served up her 144th career ace (145 total). Her 37 aces leads the Pac-12, 3 away from the single season top-10.
> In Pac-12 play the Cougs have been stellar holding opponents to just .203 hitting - 2nd best in the league behind Oregon (.198)
> Magda Jehlarova leads the Pac-12 at 1.46 blocks per set, 4th best in all DI volleyball. Her 139 blocks is 20 away from the Cougs' all-time top-10 single seasons.
> Pia Timmer is out indefinitely after suffering an injury at Cal - she is 5th in the Pac-12 at 3.91 kills per game.
> WSU ranks 38th in the RPI entering the weekend while sitting 18th 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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