WSU to face hosting San Diego in the second round

Coming off sweep, Cougs ready for round two

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WSU libero Karly Basham celebrates with her teammates after scoring a point during an NCAA volleyball match against UW, Nov. 25.

BRANDON WILLMAN, Evergreen reporter

Following a convincing sweep of UNLV in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, WSU volleyball (23-9, 14-6 Pac-12) has a quick turnaround as they are set to face San Deigo (28-1, 18-0 West Coast) on Friday. 

WSU was able to take down UNLV 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-18), which looked dominating following a first-set shakeup. 

The biggest standout was Weronika Wojdyla, who led the team with eight blocks and dominated the net. Overall, the team played well as they hit .330 and were able to come away with the win.

Their next opponent is much tougher as they play the No. 2 seed, San Diego, on their home court. San Diego has only lost a single time this season, that coming by the hands of a highly ranked Louisville team. 

In their first-round match, they took a 3-1 (25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 25-11) win over Northern Colorado. The fourth set for the team was utterly dominant, as they had an 11-1 lead at one point in the set. 

Despite the slip-up in the third set, they showed that they truly were one of the best teams in the nation. 

On the year, they hit .290 and held opponents to .150. WSU is hitting .282 and holding opponents to .206. The match will likely be an offensive shootout, potentially alike the one that WSU had against Oregon earlier this season. 

Defensively, at least statistically, the teams are once again pretty evenly matched. San Diego is averaging 2.8 blocks per set to the Cougs’ 2.6. As for digs, the Toreros have an average of 13.2 to WSU’s 12.7. 

Having home-court advantage and being such a highly regarded squad will certainly give San Diego the advantage coming in, but the NCAA Tournament is win-or-go-home, so anything can happen.

The match will be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jenny Craig Pavillion in San Diego and will be televised on ESPN+.