WSU volleyball sweeps the Beavs

Coming off a huge victory of UO, WSU beats OSU 



WSU defensive specialist Julia Norville serves the ball during an NCAA volleyball game against Oregon, Oct. 7.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

In the second matchup of the weekend, the Cougs had impressive offensive and defensive showings to take down the Beavs.

WSU volleyball swept Oregon State 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-19) to win their fourth conference game of the season. The Cougs looked dominant in the first and third sets and came back in the second set to take all three.

Serving, which has been a point of struggle for the Cougs, was a huge surprise for the team. They tallied 10 service aces, which included three from Magda Jehlarova and two from Pia Timmer.

Laura Jansen was unstoppable on offense, getting 10 kills with one error on 20 attacks for a hitting percentage of .450. Katy Ryan also looked strong going 10-3-23, with a hitting percentage of .304. Finally, Timmer would complete the three-headed offensive monster for the Cougs, getting 11 kills of her own.

Argentina Ung had a quiet day by her standards, getting 27 assists, five kills and seven digs.

Karly Basham was strong defensively, getting seven digs herself with two service aces from the line.

With the win, the Cougs improve to 11-0 against unranked teams and 5-0 at home, showing they get it done when they are expected to and are one of the top teams in the Pac-12.

In the first set of the day, the Cougs had a stellar start and finish, going on two runs to take it by a score of 25-14. OSU made it interesting by getting a couple points late, but it just led to WSU going on their run to take the set.

In the second set, Oregon State had a late lead, where they went up 19-16 and looked to have control over the set. But, the Cougs came alive scoring seven straight points to take a 23-19 lead before finishing it off to win 25-21.

In the third and final set of the match, WSU jumped out early with a 12-3 lead with strong serving and defense. OSU showed an impressive fight, coming within three points of the Cougs. However, it was not enough to overcome the early deficit as a Timmer block would give the cougs the win by a score of 25-19.

The defense of the Cougs held the Beavers to a hit percentage at .198, one of the most impressive showings this year by the team. WSU was also able to limit their errors, committing just 10 all game to OSU’s 17.

It was a relatively easy win compared to the intense matchup against the Ducks, but it means just as much when it comes to the rankings in the Pac-12.

Next up, the Cougs start a two-game road trip as they head to Colorado to take on the Buffaloes on Friday and the Utah Utes on Sunday.