WSU keeps dancing with win over UNLV

Cougs advance to another second-round appearance 

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WSU volleyball players celebrate after sweeping UW, Nov. 25.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

Get the brooms out. It was another sweep for the 2022 WSU volleyball team. To start off the NCAA tournament, the Cougs looked hungry to get the win. 

WSU volleyball (23-9, 14-6 Pac-12) took down UNLV (26-5, 17-1 Mountain West) in a sweep, 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18). 

The first set start was vital for the team and after a 6-0 run, they held a 7-2 lead. Despite the quick start, the Rebels were still not far behind. Deep into the set they took a 23-21 lead, but WSU quickly erased that and were able to take the first set 26-24.

Sets two and three told a different story. WSU never trailed in the second set and cruised on to a 25-19 win. When winning the first two sets of a match, the Cougs were undefeated, with a whopping 15-0 record. That did not change on Thursday, as the Cougs completed the sweep in set three.

The Cougs hit .330 in the match while holding the Rebels to only .189. More impressively, they held the block advantage 14-3. Another category they led in as a team was service aces, winning that battle 6-2.

Several notable performances came out of the match as Pia Timmer, Magda Jehlarova, Argentina Ung and Weronika Wojdyla all played great. 

Timmer led the way with 14 kills on 30 attacks with only three errors, good for a hitting percentage of .367. She also added eight digs, three service aces, one assist and two blocks for an all-around fantastic day.

Newly named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the year, Jehlarova continued to build on her legacy as she tallied seven kills on .500 hitting. Defensively she had five blocks, all coming in vital parts of the match.

Ung continues to prove herself as one of the better setters in the conference, as she had 31 assists on top of two kills, seven digs and five blocks.

Most surprisingly, Wojdyla led the team in blocks, as she had eight total for the game, including several late in the match to seal the win. 

With the sweep, the team advances to yet another second-round appearance and is set to face hosting San Diego. The match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Jenny Craig Pavilion and will be televised on ESPN+.