Volleyball set for East Coast trip to Fairfield Invitational
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State volleyball (5-1) gets set to head back on the road this weekend as it preps for three more non-conference matchups at the Fairfield Invitational (Sept. 8-11). The Cougars will take on Howard (2-3) on Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m. (PST), followed by a primetime matchup with tournament hosts Fairfield (4-2) at 5 p.m. (PST). WSU will wrap up week three on Saturday against Fairleigh Dickinson (2-4) starting at 10 a.m. (PST).
LAST TIME OUT:
>> The Cougs take a three-match winning streak on the road after dropping only two sets during last weekend's Cougar Challenge in Bohler Gym. Laura Jansen led the Cougars in kills in all three of Washington State's matches last week and was named the tournament's most valuable player with 3.64 k/s while Katy Ryan was also named to the all-tournament team after hitting .433 with 3.0 k/s and 1.0 blk/s.
>> WSU held its week two opponents to just .103 hitting, racking up 33 total blocks as a team last week in Bohler. The Cougs, who have now won 14-straight matches in their home tournament, swept its home opener against Cal Baptist with a dozen blocks as a team and a collective .412 hitting percentage.
COUGAR QUICK HITS:
>> Karly Basham currently ranks 26th in the nation and first in the Pac-12 with her .67 aces/set. Basham tied the program four-set record with seven aces against Belmont last week.
>> Magda Jehlarova is 18th in all of Division I and third in the Pac-12 with her 32 total blocks and her 1.52 blk/set. Jehlarova surpassed head coach Jen Greeny (Stinson) in career total blocks last season, currently ranking fourth-all time (456), and passed Greeny (Stinson) last weekend against Bemont in career block assists (366) where she now places seventh all-time going into the weekend.
>> Katy Ryan has the seventh-best hitting percentage (.375) in the Pac-12 so far this season and is second (min. 50 attempts) on a Washington State team that is third in the nation and first in the conference with a .331 hitting percentage.
>> WSU is 20th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.79 blks/set, holding teams to just .143 hitting which ranks third in the Pac-12 and 32nd in the country.
>> WSU won its only match all-time against Howard, 3-1, back in 2017 at the Fairfield Invitational. The Cougs won in four sets, 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21, and saw Alexis Dirige tally 36 digs which still ranks as the second-most all-time for a four-set match.
>> WSU went 2-0 over hosts Fairfield in its first and only previous trip to the Fairfield Invitational. WSU swept both matches with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 win in the first match and a 29-27, 25-14, 25-17, win in the second.
vs Fairleigh Dickinson
>> Saturday will mark the first all-time meeting between WSU and FDU.
>> Pia Timmer is sixth all-time in kills/set at 3.19 over 278 sets played and holds the third-highest mark since sets were shortened to the 25-point scoring system that was implemented in 2008.
>> Magda Jehlarova is top-10 in all major career blocking categories at WSU including her 1.40 blocks/set which ranks second all-time. Jehlarova passed Taylor Mims last week for fourth all-time in total blocks (456) and is only three block assists from moving into the top-five.
>> Jen Greeny captured career win number 300 as a college head coach against Rider (8/26) and is now only nine victories from her 200th win leading her alma mater.
>> Washington State is scheduled to take on a pair of ranked teams next weekend at the University of Minnesota Diet Coke Classic (Sept. 16-17) in Minneapolis. WSU will play 24th-ranked Pepperdine on Friday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. (PST), followed by a match against No. 3 Minnesota on Sat., Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. (PST).