Cougs prove their favorite Halloween candy is Gummy Bears in a sweep of Cal

WSU bounces back after a tough loss against Stanford to split weekend 



The WSU volleyball team celebrates after winning a point during an NCAA volleyball match against Arizona, Oct. 21.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

On the eve of Halloween, the Cougs devoured the Cal Golden (Gummy) Bears to celebrate the festivities.

WSU volleyball (16-7, 8-4 Pac-12) flipped the script following their previous loss as they took down the California Golden Bears (7-15, 0-12) in a clean sweep 3-0 (25-6, 25-18, 25-22). The first set was historic, as the Cougs dominated all facets of the game with set one being one of their largest set victories in school history.

In that first set, the Cougs would start started on a 9-0 run, including four service aces from libero Karly Basham. The team would go the entire set without allowing back-to-back points and from their beginning run, the set was pretty much over.

“The first set gave us a lot of energy. We knew that we would come out strong today because, after Friday, we were dead-set on getting the win,” sophomore opposite Katy Ryan said.

During the opening set, the Cougs hit .435 as a team and held Cal to -0.160, a difference of .595, which is impressive.

“Volleyball is an interesting game because you could win a set like that, then it resets and it’s 0-0. Sometimes that is hard to re-focus, but we did that; just glad we were able to get that done,” head coach Jen Greeny said.

Following the quick first set, Cal could better put up a fight and get comfortable. After falling behind 2-0, the Cougs would go on another extended run, this time being 6-0.

With that 6-0 run, the team would never look back and eventually, they took the set without relinquishing the lead again.

The third and final set was the most competitive, with 13 ties and four lead changes. However, the Cougs clutched out the win. It was the complete opposite of Friday for Wazzu, as they were the team who came up with the clutch plays and they played well.

“We just have a saying on our team, “one-in-a-row”. That helps us reset and get rid of anything that just happened and look for the next ball,” Ryan said.

WSU middle blocker Pia Timmer finished with the team lead in kills, tallying 15 with a hitting percentage of .462. She was the only player who added double-digit kills, but the offense was not needed as much with stellar defense and the team’s performance from the service line.

Setter Argentina Ung tallied a double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs while also adding three blocks. Magda Jehlarova, coming off the back of her 100th career solo block, added one more solo block and four assists blocks for five total.

With the bounce-back win, WSU is headed on the road with momentum on its side. On Friday, they take on Oregon in Eugene and then on Sunday, Oregon State in Corvallis.