Volleyball escapes mountains with 1-1 record 

After a disappointing loss to Colorado, WSU bounces back against Utah



WSU middle blocker Magda Jehlarova spikes the ball during an NCAA volleyball game against Oregon, Oct. 7.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Editor-in-chief

WSU volleyball (13-6) concluded a short two-game road trip against Colorado (13-4) and Utah (11-8), leaving with one loss and one win. Against the Buffaloes, a slow start killed the Cougs and they could not come back; against the Utes, they were simply the stronger team.

The final score against Colorado was a 3-1 loss (25-21, 25-17, 15-25, 25-9). It was a weak showing for the Cougs, who could not get anything going on offense.

In the third set, the Buffaloes gifted them eight errors and a putrid .038 hit percentage from their opposition that they capitalized enough to take the set win, but it was far from enough to mount any comeback.

Pia Timmer and Magda Jehlarova tallied double-digit kills even with the offensive struggles, notching 12 and 10, respectively.

Jehlarova continued her stellar overall season, as on top of her 10 kills, she had four blocks, two digs and one of the four Coug aces. On top of these counting stats, she had the only hit percentage on the team above .200, sitting at .333.

The struggles in the Colorado game were flipped entirely on their heads against Utah, as WSU came out on top 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 27-25). The Utes put up a valiant effort in every set, but they lacked the firepower necessary to take down the Cougs.

It was an all-around masterclass by the team, as many players had their best performances of the season.

Laura Jansen led the team with 20 kills and seven errors on 33 attacks for a hitting percentage of .394. She got it done on more than just the offensive side of the ball, gaining 13 digs from the defensive end.

Katy Ryan impressed with a .407 hit percentage on 13 kills while also getting an impressive eight blocks. Alongside Ryan, Weronika Wojdyla, a player for the Cougs who has not gotten much time on the court, had five blocks in the win.

Karly Basham held down the back line with 10 digs with three assists to aid the offense. The assist powerhouse of Argentina Ung added 39 to her season total while also adding 10 digs to get herself a double-double.

The Cougs will look to use this win as momentum as they play Arizona at 7:00 p.m. on Friday at Bohler Gymnasium.