Volleyball set for rematch against 16th-ranked Ducks Sunday on Pac-12 Oregon
PULLMAN, Wash. -- On the heels of finishing off a season sweep of Oregon State on Friday, Washington State volleyball (17-7, 9-4 Pac-12) will hope to do the same against 16th-ranked Oregon (16-5, 10-3 Pac-12) on Sunday at noon from Eugene, Ore. Sunday's re-match between the Ducks and the Cougars will be televised live on Pac-12 Oregon from Matthew Knight Arena.
Washington State won the first match in five sets, winning the fifth set 15-9 back on Oct. 7 in the Cougars' home conference opener from Bohler Gym. The win was a third straight over the Ducks for Washington State after the Cougs swept the season series in 2021.
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>> After the 2-0 home weekend against the Oregon schools last month and a sweep on Friday night at OSU, WSU is 17-3 against Pac-12 northwest schools (Oregon, Oregon State and Washington) since 2019.
>> Washington State is 5-5 in road matches so far this season and has more kills (461-430), blocks (77-72.5), and digs (452-442) than its opponents in the first 10 true road contests of the season.
>> The Cougs are No. 24 in the nation and fifth in the Pac-12 at .268 hitting so far this season.
>> Four of the Cougars' five road wins have been sweeps after Friday night's three-set win at Oregon State.
>> In search of its first 2-0 weekend on the road, WSU has split each of its first three Pac-12 road trips with wins at USC (9/24), at Cal (9/30) and at Utah (10/16).
>> The Cougs' nine aces as a team vs Cal last Sunday was their best showing from the service line since posting 10 aces in a sweep over Oregon State at home on Oct. 9.
>> Washington State posted its best team hitting percentage (.388) during conference play in last Sunday's sweep over Cal before following up with a .327 hitting night in Corvallis on Friday.
>> In its 17 wins on the season, Washington State is averaging 13.47 kills per set, 12.12 assists per set, and 2.84 blocks per set as a team.
>> Pia Timmer moved into a tie for 10th all-time in career kills (1,129) in last Sunday's sweep over Cal.
>> Magda Jehlarova is 11th in the NCAA and second in the Pac-12 in blocks per set (1.43). She is first in the Pac-12 with 119 total blocks which also ranks 18th in the NCAA.
>> Karly Basham is the team's leader with 33 aces and reeled off four straight aces in the opening set against Cal on Sunday. Basham finished last Sunday's sweep over Cal with five total aces and earlier this season, tied a WSU four-set match record with seven aces in a win over Belmont.
>> Pia Timmer surpassed the 1,000 career kill milestone earlier this season (Sept. 30 at Cal) and has a pair of 20-kill performances this year while fellow hitter Laura Jansen has tallied three double doubles on the season.
>> Washington State snapped a 22-match losing streak to Oregon back in 2017 and have since won seven of the last nine including a pair of wins last year and a five-set win in the first matchup this season.
>> The Cougs won the first match of the season between the two sides despite Oregon tallying more blocks (13-11) and finishing with a better hitting percentage (.239-.170) than WSU.
>> Washington State finished the first matchup with a 6-4 advantage in service aces and Pia Timmer led the way offensively with 21 kills on the night.
>> Magda Jehlarova finished the first matchup with 10 kills and six blocks and Laura Jansen finished with a team-high 17 digs.
>> Oregon heads into Sunday's matchup off of a sweep over 19th-ranked Washington on Friday night. The Ducks took out the Huskies, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18.
>> Mimi Colyer led the way with 14 kills and two blocks while Gloria Mutiri added 11 kills and two blocks in Friday's win over the Huskies. Colyer is averaging 3.99 k/s on the season while Brooke Nuneviller leads the Ducks with 4.12 k/s.
Washington State will embark on its final road trip of the 2022 regular season next weekend as it heads to Arizona to play Arizona State on Fri., Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. followed by Arizona on Sun., Nov. 13, beginning at 10 a.m (PST).