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Greeny captures career win No. 200, Cougs survive five-set thriller

Oct 21, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Laura Jansen had a season-high 27 kills (27-7-54, .370) as Washington State volleyball (14-6, 6-3 Pac-12) defeated Arizona (12-8, 2-7 Pac-12), 3-2 (22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-16, 16-14), Friday night in Bohler Gym.  With the win, head coach Jen Greeny became the second head coach in program history to reach 200 career wins at WSU while the Cougars pushed their home winning streak to 11 straight dating back to last season.

The Cougars picked up their third win of the year after dropping the opening set and improved to 6-0 at home in Bohler Gym as they kick off a four-match home stretch.  Jansen now has back-to-back 20-kill performances after Friday's dominant performance and in her first season as a Cougar, she has already posted four total 20-kill matches.  Washington State finished with an 11-10 edge in total blocks as Magda Jehlarova finished with eight total blocks on the night including four on her own to move into a tie with Sarah Silvernail for third all-time in career solo blocks (98).

The Cougars held Arizona to just .209 hitting (57-24-158, .209) for the night with libero Karly Basham digging up a season-high 23 Wildcats' attacks to get Washington State into transition offense.  Katy Ryan breathed life into the Cougars' attack throughout the match, finishing with 13 kills (13-6-30, .233) while Pia Timmer overcame a slow start to also finish with 13 kills in Friday's win.

Set 1 Recap
Arizona jumped out to the early lead with a 6-2 run to start the match. Washington State picked up its offense and evened the match at 13-13 but another 6-1 Wildcats' run gave them a 20-15 advantage. Laura Jansen finished the opening set with seven kills and helped lead a late 6-1 run that evened the set at 22-22. The Wildcats would then close the set by winning the final three points which was capped by a solo block from Alayna Johnson. 

Set 2 Recap
The Cougs continued to set the hot hand in the second as Laura Jansen added nine kills to help Washington State even the match at one set apiece. WSU went on a 7-1 run to jump out in front 11-6 but the Wildcats worked their way back into the set late. Jansen gave the Cougars their first set point with a kill to put Washington State ahead, 24-23. She added another kill moments later to give WSU its second set point at 25-24 which was followed by an Arizona attack error to bring the match level at one set apiece.

Set 3 Recap
Washington State led late in the third set at 22-19 when a Jaelyn Hodge solo block sparked a 6-1 run for the Wildcats, eventually leading to a 25-23 third-set win for Arizona. 

Set 4 Recap
Trailing by a set, the Cougars had their best offensive period in the fourth set, hitting .400 as a team with only three attack errors.  Washington State went on a 5-1 run to take a commanding six-point advantage up, 15-9.  WSU went on a 4-0 spurt late in the set to go ahead, 22-13, and benefitted from a pair of late Arizona service errors.  Katy Ryan had five of her 13 kills without a single attack error in the fourth set to hit .833 and the Cougars sent the match into a fifth set with a strong 25-16 fourth-set win.

Set 5 Recap
Set five was close early when an Arizona rotation error gave WSU a 7-6 advantage nearing the midway point.  As the teams traded sides of the court, WSU went on a 3-0 run to go ahead, 10-7.  Arizona went on a late 4-0 run to close the gap at 14-14, but WSU never trailed in the deciding fifth set as a setter dump from Argentina Ung followed by Jansen's 27th kill of the night finished off the home win for WSU.

Washington State will be back in Bohler Gym to close out the first of two back-to-back home weekends on Sunday against Arizona State, beginning at 11 a.m. (PST).  Sunday's match will be available for fans via the WSU Live Stream.

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