WSU volleyball sweeps Arizona State once again 

Cougs go 2-0 against team in 2022



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

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

The first match that the Cougs played since becoming ranked in the coaches poll went extraordinarily well.

WSU volleyball (18-8, 10-5 Pac-12 as of Friday) took on the Arizona State Sun Devils (11-16, 5-10) on the road and got the job done in a sweep 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-22). It was a toughly fought matchup, but the Cougs once again proved just to be the more talented unit.

It was the second time the two schools faced off against one another and the second time the Cougs came away with a sweep. Coming out with two wins against a conference foe is vital as the season winds down, continuing to prove that WSU is legit.

Despite coming away with a sweep, there were several lead changes and ties throughout the three sets. There were 32 total ties and 10 lead changes every time the Cougs were too much for the Sun Devils to handle.

Two Cougs tallied double-digit kills in Friday’s matchup, as Pia Timmer got 13 and Magda Jehlarova had 11 of her own.

Laura Jansen continued to build on her defensive prowess, the side of the ball that she was not known for coming into the season. Against ASU, she had 12 digs and eight kills in the match.

Like always, Argentina Ung dominated all aspects; on the night, she had three kills, 38 assists, one service ace, six digs and a matched career-high of six blocks. Alongside Ung, Jehlarova impressed with eight blocks, aiding the Cougs in an 8-3 lead in the category over ASU.

With the win, WSU is now the fourth-ranked team in the conference and, if they can win out, could sneak all the way into second, the preseason goal of assistant coach Burdette Greeny.

On Sunday, the Cougs hit .311 and beat the Arizona Wildcats 3-1, their 19th win of the year and a massive improvement from their five-set thriller earlier this year.