Volleyball drops two straight California games

WSU could not get a win against the Trojans or the Bruins


JORDAN MAXWELL | Daily Evergreen File

Junior middle blocker Ella Lajos hits the ball in a game against UW on Sept. 20.

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

WSU volleyball (12-4, 1-3) dropped three of their last four games. The Cougars’ last three losses have come against Pac-12 conference opponents, including University of Washington, University of Southern California, and University of California, Los Angeles.

“Today’s match was one that we need to just flush from our system,” senior opposite Casey Schoenlein said. “We are going to learn from our mistakes and then get back on the horse for our tough opponent tomorrow … I am just going to work through the kinks and find my rhythm with the team again.”

WSU lost to No. 20 USC (12-3, 4-0) by a score of 3-1 Saturday in Los Angeles. The Trojans are still undefeated in Pac-12 play. The Cougs out-blocked USC 11 to 10, but the Trojans had nearly double the amount of kills with 61 and served 11 aces while holding the Cougars to none.

“Consistency definitely wasn’t there today but even worse than that was our serving and passing,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “They were passing almost perfectly in that first set and we did pick it up in the second, but our passing was not good at all today. That is going to make us really predictable and we’re not going to win doing that.”

The Cougars and Trojans will meet again Oct. 29, where WSU will enjoy the home-court advantage in Bohler Gym.

After the loss to USC on Saturday, WSU went on to face No. 13 UCLA (9-4, 2-2) where it lost 1-3. The Cougs out-blocked the Bruins 10.5 to 8, but like the Trojans, the Bruins had a major advantage in kills with 61 to WSU’s 29.

“The passing didn’t improve from yesterday and that is something we really need to get working on when we get back to practice,” Greeny said. “It will be nice to get back to Pullman and Bohler Gym, and practice and get better.”

Junior Claire Martin reached ninth all-time in WSU career block assists with five today. Freshman middle blocker Cameron Antoine-Dillon made her WSU debut, finishing with her first kill.

“We have glimpses of greatness, and moments of pure grit and tenacity,” senior outside hitter McKenna Woodford said. “We are so capable and have so much potential, it’s just a matter of tapping into that potential, believing in ourselves, becoming better volleyball players in practice, and making the decision to fight through adversity. The beautiful thing about being a Coug is that we never back down.”

WSU will play two consecutive home matches in Bohler Gym starting with a 6 p.m. start time Friday against Colorado (12-3, 2-2). It will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.