WSU concludes road matches with a win over Arizona

Cougs solidify themselves as a top team in Pac-12 



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

BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor

The Cougs prove to solidify themselves as a top third volleyball team in the Pac-12 as they finish the season with a winning record in road matches, going 7-6 in true road matches and 4-1 in neutral play.

WSU volleyball (19-8, 11-5 Pac-12) finished their road schedule against Arizona (14-13, 4-12) and came out on top in a four-set match 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20). All around, the match was a strong showing for the team. From the service line to the attacks to the defense, everything was clicking for Wazzu.

WSU had 12 service aces as a team compared to the Wildcats’ five. Those 12 aces came from five different Cougs, as the team was adequately able to share the love.

Pia Timmer led the way with four service aces and four other members of the team tallied two each. Those players were Laura Jansen, Magda Jehlarova, Argentina Ung and Julia Norville.

Noticeably missing from the ace party was libero Karly Basham, who has been one of the best servers in the Pac-12 thus far this season.

On top of her team lead in aces, Timmer also led the team in kills and was second in digs. She tallied a double-double as she had 19 kills and 11 digs, being an all-around force for the Cougs on Sunday.

Two other Cougs had double-digit kills as Jansen and sophomore Katy Ryan had 15 each.

For Ung, the setter had 48 assists, three kills, two blocks and seven digs on top of her two aces, continuing to put herself into the conversation of being the most valuable part of this 2022 team.

The team hit .311 and held Arizona to a .222 percentage. Following their loss of the first set, 22-25, they were able to take control and sweep the following three sets with ease.

Coming off a 2-0 road weekend, WSU will hope to jump up from their No. 25 ranking in last week’s coaching poll. It was the first week this season where they were ranked and it has come at the best time of the season, as conference play ends and teams begin to prepare for the NCAA Tournament.

Next up for the Cougs, they begin a series of four matches in eight days. The first match is against Utah at 7 p.m. on Friday in Bohler Gym.