Jehlarova Third Team, Timmer Honorable Mention AVCA All-Americans
PULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time since 2018 Washington State Volleyball saw multiple Cougs take home American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors as juniors Magda Jehlarova (Third Team) and Pia Timmer (Honorable Mention) took home the awards as announced by the organization Wednesday. Jehlarova is just the second Coug in program history to earn multiple AVCA All-America awards after also being named a second team honoree in 2019 as a freshman, joining Sarah Silvernail (1995 & 1996) as two time award winners. For Timmer the award was the first of her stand out career.
The duo led the Cougs into the NCAA Tournament for a record sixth-consecutive season, winning their opening contest against Northern Colorado before bowing out of the championships in the second round against Baylor.
A force in the middle, Jehlarova finished her junior campaign among the elite defenders in the nation as she ended the year second in the country in total blocks 168 while finishing fourth in blocks per set at 1.45 per set. Of her blocks, 39 were solo efforts, the sixth most in a single season for any Coug and the most since 1991. Her 168 blocks ranks as the eighth most in a single season in program history while she continued her climb up the career record books finishing her third season with 424 career blocks, fifth most all time. On the offensive side of the net, Jehlarova led the Cougs hitting .353 while averaging 2.39 kills per set. Her .353 attack percentage ranks as the fourth best single season mark in program history, giving her now three of the top four spots in the record books. Her excellence was on display in no bigger fashion than against the Arizona schools when she combined to post an epic line of 27-0-37 to hit an unprecedented .730 on the weekend. Against Arizona State she finished the match with 21 kills on just 25 attempts to hit .840 as a three-rotation player. Her .840 attacking percentage ranked as the third best percentage in Pac-12 history for a player with 20+ attempts and the best since 2006. Additionally, Jehlarova finished the match with the 18th greatest hitting percentage in NCAA history for a player with 20+ attempts while her performance ranked fifth all-time in volleyball history for a player who recorded 20+ kills in a match.
In her first all-america season as a Coug, Timmer proved to be one of the best all-around six-rotation outsides in the country. Even though an injury derailed the end of her season Timmer finished the year among the best offensive players in the country. 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 jaw-dropping 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.