Cougar volleyball set for final home weekend

No. 22 WSU welcomes No. 16 Oregon, Oregon State



WSU middle blocker Magda Jehlarova (15) prepares to spike the ball on Nov. 5, 2021, in Pullman.

KAT MCKINNEY-ROLEY, Evergreen reporter

After a split in California this past weekend, the Cougs will be coming back to Bohler Gym for the last time this season. The No. 22 WSU volleyball team had a slow start to their campaign but soon turned the momentum around and have had a great season so far.

The Cougs are coming off a hard loss against Stanford. However, it was a historic match, as fifth-year outside hitter Penny Tusa became the new career record holder for aces at WSU. Tusa now has 145 career aces and recorded three against Stanford to get the record. 

WSU will play Oregon at 6 p.m. today. The last time the two teams played, WSU beat the Ducks 3-0. Coming into the match, the Ducks are ranked No. 16 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

In the last three matches the Cougs and Ducks have played, the Cougs are 2-1. In the all-time contest, the Cougs have won 11 times while losing 26 times. 

It is also important to note that in their match against California, junior outside hitter Pia Timmer was injured and did not play against Stanford. Junior middle blocker Magda Jehlarova had several impressive points in their match against Stanford. Redshirt junior Hannah Pukis also had an electric match against Stanford along with Tusa. 

On Sunday, the Cougs will host the Oregon State Beavers. The Cougs have a six-win match streak against the Beavers. WSU is 8-9 against the Beavers at home. The last time the two teams met, the Cougs swept the Beavers 3-0. 

These next two matches are extremely important for the Cougs to win for both the Pac-12 standings and NCAA tournament implications. The Cougs have beat two ranked teams as a non-ranked team. WSU currently ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with Utah, Oregon and Washington ranked directly above the Cougs in the Pac-12 standings. UCLA is the top in the Pac-12. 

WSU, Utah and Oregon are all 11-5 in Pac-12 play.

Tusa, Pukis and Jehlarova have been great defensive and offensive fronts on the court this season. Freshman opposite Katy Ryan and redshirt junior Kalyah Williams have also shown to be big factors on the net for the Cougs as well. 

You can watch the Cougs at 6 p.m. tonight in Bohler Gym or you can stream the match on the Pac-12 Network. You can also watch the Cougs for their senior game at noon on Sunday in Bohler or on the Pac-12 Network.