Cougs have a historic first set in a sweep of Arizona State

Pia Timmer bounces back from her uncharacteristic match against Arizona 



WSU middle blocker Magda Jehlarova spikes the ball during an NCAA volleyball match against Arizona, Oct. 21.

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A complete offensive turnaround for the Cougs from Friday’s win results in the team finishing the weekend undefeated. 

WSU volleyball (15-6, 7-3 Pac-12) took early leads in every set and never looked back in a clean 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-21) sweep of the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-12, 4-6). Despite having one of their weakest offensive performances on Friday, they hit .379 as a team and held a hitting percentage just under .500 after two sets. 

The first set perfectly encapsulates the entire match as WSU would hit an astonishing .607 and had several three-point runs throughout the set. The win was significant for the Cougs, who are in the thick of the hunt for the top of the Pac-12.

“Just really happy to go 2-0 this weekend and still be undefeated at home,” head coach Jen Greeny said. 

Despite having personally one of the worst statistical games of her WSU career, as she hit only .019, Pia Timmer led the way for the Cougs on offense as she tallied 13 kills on a hitting percentage of .464. 

Despite her struggles against Arizona, the coaching staff had no worries about her ability to bounce back and be a major part of the offense on Sunday. 

“Pia is so great and has been throughout her career. We rely on her so much in every facet of the game; good to see [her play well] today,” Greeny said. 

Timmer felt as if the team played better and could execute their passes strongly, something they had struggled with against Arizona. 

“I think we did a better job at getting to our spots. Arizona did a great job reading me in the back row, whereas today, we were better able to execute,” Timmer said. 

She was not the only offense for the Cougs, as four Cougs held hitting percentages over .500 after the first two sets. Despite some struggles throughout the final set, they finished with solid games. 

Laura Jansen led the way in terms of kills with 14, which she did on a hitting percentage of .355, with Magda Jehlarova having seven kills of her own and Katy Ryan adding six. 

Argentina Ung continues to be the biggest blessing for the team, as with each passing week, she improves her game in some way. Against ASU, she had 30 assists and 11 digs, either outright leading or tying for the team’s lead. 

Although the focus was on the improved offense, the Cougs are beginning to work like a well-oiled machine on both sides of the ball despite the team’s injuries. 

The Cougs stay in Pullman as they play again at 7 p.m. on Friday at Bohler Gymnasium against the Stanford Cardinal.