Cougs return to Bohler for Friday battle with 12th-ranked Oregon
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State volleyball (10-5, 2-2 Pac-12) gets set host its first Pac-12 matches of the season as the Cougars return home for two matches in Bohler Gym starting with 12th-ranked Oregon (10-2, 4-0 Pac-12). WSU has won four straight conference home openers which includes three top-25 wins and a 3-1 win over an unranked Oregon team to open the spring 2021 season.
WSU split its first two weekends of conference play and Magda Jehlarova was named the conference's defensive player of the week on Monday after she averaged 2.71 blocks/set and 3.57 kills/set, pacing the Cougars in both categories last weekend. Jehlarova posted a program-record 11 total blocks as the Cougs collected a 3-0 win at Cal last Friday night and followed up with another eight blocks at Stanford on Sunday. WSU narrowly missed pushing ninth-ranked Stanford to a fifth set on Sunday before the Cardinal came-from-behind in the fourth to steal the win.
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>> Washington State has won four-straight conference home openers and four of its last five with a sweep over 24th-ranked Colorado in last season's Pac-12 opener.
>> WSU beat Oregon, 3-1, in January of 2021 to open the conference-only 2020 season that was played during the Spring of '21 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
>> The Cougars won both of last season's matchups with Oregon including a sweep on the road in October of last year and a 3-2 win over 16th-ranked Oregon in Pullman last November.
>> Magda Jehlarova, last week's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week is the Pac-12's active leader in blocks/set (1.42) and is fourth among active players in career hitting percentage (.366). She is No. 21 in the nation and first in the Pac-12 with 77 total blocks this season.
>> Pia Timmer tied for the team-lead with 13 kills in last Friday's sweep at Cal and surpassed the 1,000 career kills mark during the first set in Berkeley. She became the 15th player all-time to reach 1,000 career kills against Cal and later passed head coach Jen Greeny (Stinson) for 14th on the all-time career kills list where she currently sits at 1,019.
>> Laura Jansen is eighth in the Pac-12 with 3.34 kills/set and has tallied double digit digs in two of the last three matches. Jansen had her first double-double (20 kills/14 digs) as a Coug in a five-set win over USC earlier this season.
>> Cougs' setter Argentina Ung is averaging 0.91 kills/set, 2.06 digs/set, 0.81 blocks/set and 9.46 assists/set as she finds ways to contribute all over the court. She posted a career-high 18 digs in Sunday's loss at Stanford.
>> Sophomore southpaw, Katy Ryan, had double-digit kills in each of the first three home matches of the season in Bohler Gym including a 10-0-17 (.588) line in the Cougars' home opener vs. Cal Baptist (9/1).
>> Karly Basham saw her first back-to-back matches without an ace last weekend but still leads the Cougars with 21 aces at the line this season. Basham had seven assists in last Friday's sweep over Cal and is averaging 1.40 assists/set during conference play.
>> Julia Norville has also had seven perfect receiving nights on the Cougars' back row and is averaging 1.93 digs/set as a defensive specialist.
>> WSU is a perfect 10-0 against unranked teams this season after Friday's win at Cal and has now won 21 straight against unranked opponents dating back to last season. The Cougs are still seeking their first top-25 win of the season.
>> Outside hitter Mimi Colyer was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for a fifth time already this season after averaging 4.17 kills/set and 4.17 digs/set against Arizona and Arizona State last weekend.
>> Senior Brooke Nuneviller leads the team with 4.20 kills/set on the season while Kiari Robey has a team-high 1.50 blocks/set with a season-best eight blocks in the Ducks' win on Sunday vs Arizona.
>> Oregon opened non-conference play on a four-match winning streak before dropping its first two top-25 contests of the season to No. 3 Minnesota (L, 3-1) and No. 20 Penn State (L, 3-2).
>> The Ducks beat fifth-ranked Stanford, 3-0, on the first weekend of conference play and are the only team with a perfect Pac-12 record through the first two weekends.
>> The 12th-place ranking for the Ducks is their highest ranking in a matchup with the Cougs since 2018 when No. 12 Oregon beat WSU, 3-2, in Eugene.
>> Washington State snapped a 22-match losing streak to Oregon back in 2017 and have since won six of the last eight including a pair of wins last year.
>> WSU has won three of the last four matches against Oregon in Bohler Gym.
>> 1.85 assits/set would rank as the second-best team total for a single season in WSU program history which currently stands at 1.91 aces/set (1988).
>> At .280 hitting as a team, the Cougs' current pace would rank as the second-highest single season hitting percentage with the program record standing at .283 (1890-645-4396) from the 1996 team that finished 27-6 with a run to the NCAA Elite Eight.
>> Pia Timmer became the 15th member of the 1,000 career kills club last week at Cal and later in the same match, she passed head coach Jen Greeny (Stinson) for 14th on the all-time career kills list where she currently sits at 1,019.
>> Timmer's 3.18 kills/set ranks as the 10th-most among active players in the Pac-12 and is sixth-best all-time at Washington State.
>> Magda Jehlarova is top-10 in all major career blocking categories and supassed the 500 career total blocks mark last weekend.
>> Jehlarova moved into third all-time in WSU history last weekend in both career total blocks (501) and career block assists (409). Her 11 blocks against Cal were the most in program history for a three-set match and a new career-best.
>> Jen Greeny captured career win number 300 as a college head coach against Rider (8/26) and is now only four victories from her 200th win leading her alma mater.
The Cougars will be back on the road next weekend as they head to Colorado (11-3, 3-1 Pac-12) and Utah (9-6, 2-2 Pac-12), respectively. Washington State will then return home to close out the month of October with back-to-back home weekends.