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25th-ranked Cougars on the road to visit Arizona State Friday night in Tempe

Nov 10, 2022

PULLMAN, Wash. --  The 25th-ranked Washington State volleyball team (17-8, 9-5 Pac-12) will make its final road trip of the 2022 Pac-12 season this weekend beginning with a trip to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State (11-15, 5-9 Pac-12) Friday night at the Desert Financial Arena.  Viewers can stream Friday's match live on the ASU Live Stream.

The Cougars head into their Arizona road trip coming off of a weekend split in Oregon last week in which they swept Oregon State last Friday night before falling on the road at 16th-ranked Oregon on Sunday.  WSU finished its two matches last weekend at .319 hitting as a team (109-28-254) with a 17-9.5 advantage in blocks over the two Oregon schools combined.  Laura Jansen (4.43) and Pia Timmer (4.29) each averaged over four kills per set last week while setter Argentina Ung tallied five aces between the two matches.

Match Info:
>> vs Arizona State (11-15, 5-9 Pac-12)  |  ASU Live Stream
>> Friday, Nov. 11 // First serve- 6:04  p.m. (PST) // Tempe, Ariz.  - Desert Financial Arena
>> Listen Live // Pullman Radio KQQQ, 1150 AM (PXP: Steve Grubbs)
>> Live Stats //
>> Full notes PDF

WSU Quick Notes:
>> WSU cracked the AVCA Top-25 for the first time in 2022 on Monday, reaching the No. 25 spot after last week's 25th-ranked team, Iowa State, dropped out of this week's coaches' poll.
>> The Cougars finished the 2021 season at No. 23 in the AVCA Top-25 and were receiving votes in eight of the first 11 top-25 polls of the season before finally reach their first national ranking of the season in the Week 11 poll on Monday.
>> Washington State has split each of the last two weekends with its two losses both coming in top-25 matchups (vs. No. 9 Stanford, at No. 12 Oregon).  Washington State is 16-1 this season against teams outside the top-25 and has won 22 of 23 against unranked teams dating back to last season.
>> Four of the Cougars' five road wins have been sweeps after last Friday'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 four Pac-12 road trips with wins at USC (9/24), at Cal  (9/30) at Utah (10/16), and at Oregon State (11/4).
>> If the season ended today, the Cougars' .273 hitting percentage would rank as the third-highest in WSU volleyball history and their 1.68 aces/set would rank as the fifth-most.
>> Pia Timmer averaged 4.29 kills/set last week in Oregon while hitting .226 (30-11-84) for the weekend.  She also picked up her second double-double of the season with 19 kills and 12 digs in Sunday's match at No. 16 Oregon.
>> Magda Jehlarova is first in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation with 1.40 blocks/set for the season.  Jehlarova's 126 total blocks are the most in the Pac-12 and 17th-most in the NCAA.
>> Jehlarova ranks second all-time at WSU in both blocks/set (1.42) and career block assists (447) while ranking third all-time in total blocks (550) and solo blocks (103).
>> Setter Argentina Ung tallied five aces at the service line last week on the road at the Oregon schools while averaging 12.86 assists/set and 1.43 digs/set in the Cougars' two matches.
>> Libero Karly Basham reached a new single-season career high with her 34th ace of the season on Sunday at Oregon and averaged a team-high 3.29 digs/set at OSU and Oregon.
>> Laura Jansen tallied her fourth double-double of the season in Sunday's match at Oregon.  Jansen has also posted four 20-kill matches on the season highlighted by a season-high 27 kills in a five-set win over Arizona on Oct. 21.
Arizona State Notes
>> WSU has gone 10-2 against Arizona State since 2016, winning five straight going into Friday's match in Tempe.
>> The Cougars swept the Sun Devils, 25-20, 25-18, 25-14, last October in the last matchup from Desert Financial Arena.
>> Washington State dropped only two sets during a five-match winning streak over ASU from 2016-2018 and have lost only two sets in the last three matchups over the last two seasons.
>> Arizona State is 1-3 since last month's matchup in Bohler Gym having suffered three straight losses going into Friday's match.
>> The Sun Devils upset 15th-ranked Washington earlier this season but are winless in their five other matchups with top-25 opponents.
>> Iman Isanovic leads the Sun Devils at 3.42 kills/set while Marta Levinska is second at 3.33 kills/set. Isanovic is also first on the team with 25 aces on the season.

Up Next:
Washington State will cap off its final weekend road trip of the 2022 Pac-12 season on Sunday as it takes on Arizona on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. (PST), from the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.

The Cougars will then return home after the weekend to prepare for a stretch of four home matches in seven days as it closes out the regular season from Bohler Gym starting with Utah and Colorado on Friday Nov. 18 and Sunday Nov. 20, respectively.  Washington State will then turn around to host a Tuesday matchup with UCLA on Nov. 22 before its season finale on Friday, Nov. 25, against 20th-ranked Washington.

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