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Cougs sweep Utes, win 22nd match of 2022

WSU hit .277% in sweep
WSU middle blocker Lana Radakovic runs out onto the court before an NCAA volleyball match against Tulsa, Sept. 2, 2023, in Pullman, Wash.

After falling out of the AVCA Top 10, a spark has been lit beneath the WSU volleyball team. For the second time in three days, they completed a season sweep of a Pac-12 team and improved their current winning streak to three matches. 

No. 11 WSU (22-7, 12-6 Pac-12) swept Utah (10-18, 5-13) for the second time this season 3-0 (28-26, 25-15, 25-22). Even when they played their worst, when they hit just .118% as a team in the first set, they still won the set behind five blocks as a team and winning three out of four points.

The Cougs operated with limited depth against the Utes, as beyond their starting seven, just two additional players got playing time in Salt Lake City. 

After struggling in that first set offensively, the Cougs hit .389% in the second set and .372% in the final set, finishing hitting .277% overall against Utah. Despite the two teams finishing with the same amount of blocks and the Utes even out-blocking the Cougs. 

Pia Timmer had yet another fantastic performance, leading WSU with 17 kills on .325% hitting, finishing with a double-double as she had 14 digs in the sweep. Iman Isanovic and Lana Radakovic both finished with double-digit kills, adding 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Radakovic specifically played exceptionally efficiently, tallying her 10 kills on just 14 attacks and going the entire match without committing a single attack error. 

Argentina Ung, for the second straight match, as she finished with more than 40 assists in a three-set match once again, putting up 42 to go along with five digs and three total blocks. 

Magda Jehlárová inches ever closer to breaking the Pac-12 and NCAA career block record. It was not a dominant night, but she did finish the match with a team-leading four blocks. With two regular season matches remaining, she easily gets the record as she needs just two, yes two, more blocks for the NCAA rally-scoring era record and seven more for the Pac-12 record. 

For one last time, the Cougs will play at home. At noon Wednesday, the Cougs will host the Arizona State Sun Devils for the first and only time this season in their final match in Bohler Gym of the 2023 regular season.

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BRANDON WILLMAN, Editor-in-chief
Brandon Willman is a junior multimedia journalism student from Vancouver, Washington. He started working as a sportswriter for the Daily Evergreen in Fall 2022 and worked as copy editor in spring 2023. Brandon was elected to be EIC starting in summer 2023 and enjoys watching sports, backpacking, and watching horror movies.
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Cole Quinn is a photographer and columnist for the Daily Evergreen. Cole primarily shoots sports for the Daily Evergreen and writes album reviews in his spare time. Cole is a junior broadcast production major and sports communication minor from Snoqualmie, Washington. Cole started working for the Evergreen in the fall of 2020 as a photographer. Cole was the Photo Editor during his sophomore year and Deputy Photo Editor for the fall 2022 semester.

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