Three Cougs Earn All-Region Honors
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second-straight season, Washington State volleyball saw three student-athletes, Magda Jehlarova, Hannah Pukis and Pia Timmer, earn AVCA Pacific North All-Region honors as was announced Tuesday.
This is the first time in Washington State volleyball history where the same three Cougs earned the award in back-to-back seasons. Jehlarova, Pukis, and Timmer became the first trio in Coug history to earn first team honors together last year at the completion of the spring season. The trio led the team to the NCAA Tournament for a sixth-consecutive season, advancing to the second round for the first time on the court together.
One of the best defensive players in the country throughout her three seasons on the Palouse Jehlarova put together another stellar campaign on the court en route to becoming the first Coug since Sarah Silvernail (1994-96) to earn three-straight all-region award. Jehlarova ended her season with 168 blocks, tying for the eighth most in program single season history and the second most in the country when WSU's season came to an end. Her two solo blocks brought her season total to 39 on the year, the 6th most in program history. In addition to her defense, Jehlarova was the Cougs' most efficient attacker finishing the year hitting .353 while averaging 2.39 kills per set.
The captain of the Cougs on the court, Pukis was a catalyst of WSU's success as one of the best all-around setters in the country. On the year, Pukis posted 1,195 assists, 116 kills, 20 aces, 296 digs, and 67 blocks. Her 1,195 assists were second in the Pac-12 while ranking 23rd in the country when the Cougs season ended. As a team the Cougs hit .242 with 1,536 kills on 3,974 attempts. During the season Pukis moved into the Cougs' all-time top-10 in assists, climbing all the way to No. 6 having posted 2,876 career assists.
One of the best six-rotation outsides in the country, Timmer dominated the court for the Cougs in all fashions of play. Despite missing the final five matches of the season and only playing sparingly in the NCAA Tournament, Timmer was rewarded for her play earning her second-straight all-region award. Offensively, she led the Cougs on the year with 349 total kills while her 3.79 kills per set. In addition to her kills, Timmer was one of the best in the country behind the service line with 36 aces while her 0.39 aces per set ranked first in the Pac-12 during the regular season. She would also added 185 digs and 32 blocks on the defensive side of the ball. Putting together a long list of epic performances on the year, none proved bigger than her 31 kills on 76 swings (.303) performance against rival Washington. all the while hitting an impressive .303 to lead the way. The 31 kills was the most for a Coug at home in the rally scoring era while tying for fourth-most by a Coug in program history. It all added up to earning just the second Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award in program history.
PACIFIC NORTH REGION
|Caitie Baird||Stanford University||OH||R-So.|
|Samantha Drechsel||University of Washington||OH||Sr.|
|Marin Grote||University of Washington||MB||Jr.|
|Claire Hoffman||University of Washington||OH||Jr.|
|Magda Jehlarova||Washington State University||MB||Jr.|
|Kendall Kipp||Stanford University||OH||Jr.|
|Kami Miner||Stanford University||S||Fr.|
|Georgia Murphy||University of Oregon||L||So.|
|Brooke Nuneviller||University of Oregon||OH||Jr.|
|Elena Oglivie||Stanford University||L||So.|
|Ella May Powell||University of Washington||S||Jr.|
|Hannah Pukis||Washington State University||S||R-Jr.|
|Pia Timmer||Washington State University||OH||Jr.|
|Brooke Van Sickle||University of Hawaii||OH||R-Sr.|
|Rylin Adams||Weber State University||OH||R-Sr.|
|Karson Bacon||University of Oregon||MB||R-So.|
|Danielle Boss||Boise State University||S||Sr.|
|Amber Igiede||University of Hawaii||MB||So.|
|Dani Nay||Weber State University||OH||R-So.|
|Lauren Ohlinger||Boise State University||OH||Jr.|
|Julia Sangiacomo||Santa Clara University||OH||Jr.|
Pacific North Region Player of the Year: Brooke Nuneviller, University of Oregon, OH, Jr.
Pacific North Region Freshman of the Year: Kami Miner, Stanford University, S
Pacific North Region Coach of the Year: Keegan Cook, University of Washington