One last run at Bohler
|#22 Washington State 3 - #16 Oregon 2
Thursday, Nov. 18 | 6pm
|vs Oregon State (4-25, 1-15) | Sunday, Nov. 21 | Noon
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The Cougs close out their home schedule with one last match, this time against a struggling Oregon State squad that fell Friday at Washington. The Beavers have lost four-straight and are just 1-15 in Pac-12 play.
Last time the two teams met, in Corvallis, the Cougs dominated the day led by Pia Timmer with 17 kills to go with two aces. Setter Hannah Pukis led the way throughout then night as she finished with 31 assists, 11 digs, and three blocks. The defense held the Beavers to just .148 hitting.
If the Cougs can take the victory over the Beavers it will mean a sweep of the Oregon schools for the season for the second time in the last three seasons. WSU has dominated the series recently against the Beavers winning six-straight. In the six-match run the Cougs have dropped just three total sets and have posted a trio of sweeps including the last two times the two teams have met. All-time against the Beavers the Cougs are 55-42 with their last loss coming in 2017 when the Beavers won a four-setter at Gill Coliseum.
LAST TIME OUT
> The Cougs came up with one of their most impressive wins of the season defeating #16 Oregon in five sets Thursday night at Bohler Gym. The Cougs came into the match hobbled but still found a way to win, sweeping the season series against the Ducks.
> Freshman Katy Ryan stepped up for the Cougars, hitting a team-high .500 (12-24) to record her fourth match with double-digit kills.
> Serving was key once again as WSU posted 8 aces in the match led by Hannah Pukis and Magda Jehlarova who each produced 2 in the match.
> Pukis just missed the triple double as the all-american setter went for 9 kills, 45 assists, 14 digs and added 3 blocks for good measure.
> Cougs have won 5 of the last 6 and 6 of the last 8 against the Ducks. The Cougs have swept the season series in two of the last three years.
> Coach Jen Greeny enters the weekend 14th all-time in wins in the Pac-12 having won 183 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 54 aces in the last five matches. On the year the Cougs have a league-best 177 aces - the 6th most in program history and 2 away from becoming 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 (0.38 SAps).
> Penny Tusa became the all-time leader in career service aces at WSU when she served up her 144th career ace (146 total). Her 38 aces leads the Pac-12, 2 away from the single season top-10.
> In Pac-12 play the Cougs have been stellar holding opponents to just .206 hitting - 2nd best in the league behind Oregon (.202)
> Magda Jehlarova leads the Pac-12 at 1.43 blocks per set, 4th best in all DI volleyball. Her 143 blocks is 17 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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