Volleyball sweeps Cal in doubleheader

Cougars have swept their past two series, first coming earlier this month against Colorado



Sophomore opposite Alexcis Lusby and sophomore middle blocker Magda Jehlarova block an outside hit from Cal during the matchup Friday evening in Bohler Gym.

KAT MCKINNEY-ROLEY, Evergreen reporter

In their first matches since Feb. 13, the WSU volleyball team swept Cal, winning 3-0 in both matches on Friday and Sunday.

In the first match, outside hitters Kalyah Williams, Pia Timmer and opposite Alexcis Lusby led the Cougs offensively to a 17-9 attack overall. In the first set, WSU had an amazing kill rate of .720.

In the second set, WSU started off the set 12-6, as the Cougs also went on a 5-0 scoring run against Cal. Timmer and Lusby had a couple more kills to put the Cougs ahead. Redshirt sophomore setter Hannah Pukis and sophomore middle blocker Magda Jehlarova delivered a block which sealed the second-set win for the Cougs.

In set number three, Cal made several errors early in the match to give the Cougs an 11-8 lead, in which WSU led the whole set. The Cougs then went on a 4-0 scoring run. Defensive specialist sophomore Julia Norville delivered the final point of the match coming from a service ace.

WSU had a hitting average of .506 as a team, which was the second-highest hitting percentage in WSU volleyball history. There were also six WSU players who had a hitting percentage of .300 or above.

In the first match, Pukis totaled 37 assists, two kills, nine digs and four blocks for the Cougs. Lusby had nine kills on 13 attacks on the night. Lusby also had a hitting average of .692 and added two blocks to her stats for the night. Williams had 12 kills on the night with a hitting percentage of .688. Williams also had one ace and one block.

On Sunday, the Cougs had another electric match against the Golden Bears. Once again, WSU swept Cal in three sets.

In the first set, the Cougs went on a 7-0 scoring run to start the match. Jehlarova had several kills in the first set, along with back-to-back aces from Pukis. To finish off the first set, WSU saw kills from Timmer and Jehlarova.

In the second set, the Cougs saw back-to-back service aces from senior outside hitter Penny Tusa which led to the start of WSU scoring. Norville had two service aces of her own to improve the WSU lead to 20-9. WSU then finished off the set with a kill from outside hitter Charity Bradley. Redshirt freshman Weronika Wojdyla also had the first service ace of her career.

The Cougs continued their momentum into the third set to go on a 4-0 run. Cal did manage to tie the set, but WSU quickly pulled away to win the third set, earning WSU the second match.

WSU totaled 13 service aces against Cal, which tied the fifth-best all-time for aces in a single match. The current all-time total service ace record is 15.

Jehlarova had an explosive match against Cal, having a .867 hitting percentage with 13 kills on 15 attacks. Jehlarova now has the third-best hitting percentage in a single match in WSU history.

Pukis recorded a match-high of 26 assists as well as nine digs, one block and two aces. WSU also saw the debut of freshmen Castan Sturm, Jenna Howard and Logann Golden. Sturm served an ace on her first career service attempt.

Tusa also had an explosive match from the service line with four aces, while also reaching the milestone of 100 career aces, totaling 102 by the end of the match. Tusa now ranks eighth in all-time service aces for WSU.

Catch the Cougars next in action as they take on the USC Trojans at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1 p.m. Sunday in Los Angeles. The live statistics can be followed through USC’s website.