Cougars take win streak into Colorado Friday on Pac-12 Mountain
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State volleyball (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) heads to either side of the Rockies this week as it begins its third road trip of the Pac-12 season on Friday against Colorado (12-4, 4-2 Pac-12) at the CU Events Center where it was won the last two matchups in the all-time series dating back to 2018. Friday's match will be televised on Pac-12 Mountain with first serve slated for 5:04 p.m. (MDT).
The Cougars have won four of their last five matches and are on the heels of a weekend sweep over the Oregon schools. WSU took out 12th-ranked Oregon in five sets last Friday night for its first ranked win on the campaign and has now won 22 consecutive matches over unranked teams after Sunday's sweep over Oregon State.
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Cougar Quick Notes:
>> The Cougs have won back-to-back and four of five, heading into the week as the 17th-best hitting team (.275) in the country.
>> Washington State has won five straight and nine of the last ten against the Buffs since Colorado joined the Pac-12 back in 2011.
>> WSU is a perfect 11-0 against unranked teams this season after Sunday's win vs Oregon State has now won 22 straight against unranked opponents dating back to last season.
>> The Cougars are 10-0 this season when winning the opening set and are now 2-1 in five-set matches after beating 12th-ranked Oregon on Friday in five.
>> Magda Jehlarova leads the Pac-12 with 86 total blocks and begins the week only five block assists shy from moving into second all-time for her career at WSU.
>> Jehlarova moved into third all-time in WSU history earlier this season in both career total blocks (510) and career block assists (416). Her 11 blocks against Cal were the most in program history for a three-set match and a new career-best.
>> Setter Argentina Ung tallied double digit digs in three matches so far this season and posted a career-best six blocks twice (Aug. 26 vs Duke, Oct. 7 vs Oregon) including Friday's win over No. 12 Oregon in which she had a pair of solo blocks.
>> Pia Timmer averaged 4.00 kills/set and four blocks last weekend against the Oregon Schools.
>> Timmer's 3.18 kills/set ranks tied for ninth-most among active players in the Pac-12 and is sixth-best all-time at Washington State.
>> Karly Basham has tallied five or more set assists in six matches this season, helping to keep the Cougars' offense moving out of system from her libero position in the back row.
>> Laura Jansen has a pair of double doubles on the season including a season-high 17 digs and 11 kills in last Friday's win over 12th-ranked Oregon.
>> Right side Katy Ryan broke out of a brief slump offensively to hit .304 with 10 kills on 23 swings in Sunday's sweep over Oregon State.
>> Jen Greeny captured career win number 300 as a college head coach against Rider (8/26) and is now only two victories from her 200th win leading her alma mater.
>> WSU is No. 24 in the nation and second in the Pac-12 with 1.87 aces/set. The stat would also rank as the second-best team total for a single season in WSU history which currently stands at 1.91 aces/set (1988).
>> The Cougars have swept back-to-back matches against Colorado including a 3-0 win over CU last season in Washington State's conference home opener.
>> Colorado has been a strong defensive team to this point in the season and rank first in the Pac-12 with 2.89 blocks/set (fifth in NCAA) and third with 14.84 digs/set.
>> The Buffs won their first seven matches in nonconference play before a road loss at Arkansas that snapped a 19-match nonconference winning streak for CU.
>> Colorado did not drop a set against Utah and Arizona State in the first week of Pac-12 play before back-to-back weekend splits in the two weeks since.
>> Alexia Kuehl is 25th in the NCAA in blocks per set at 1.37 and Meegan Hart is fourth the NCAA in hitting percentage at .442.
Washington State will head across the Rockies this weekend to play Utah (10-7, 3-3 Pac-12) on Sunday beginning at 12 p.m. (MDT). Sunday's match will also be broadcast live on Pac-12 Mountain. The Cougars will return home next weekend to host Arizona on Fri., Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. (PST), followed by Arizona State on Sun., Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. (PST).