WSU will travel to Utah to face Utes for second time this year

After two wins at home, Cougars look to keep win streak going on road

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WSU will travel to Utah to face Utes for second time this year

Senior middle blocker Ella Lajos prepares to strike the ball against University of California, Los Angeles, on Sunday in Bohler Gym.

Senior middle blocker Ella Lajos prepares to strike the ball against University of California, Los Angeles, on Sunday in Bohler Gym.

BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Senior middle blocker Ella Lajos prepares to strike the ball against University of California, Los Angeles, on Sunday in Bohler Gym.

BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Senior middle blocker Ella Lajos prepares to strike the ball against University of California, Los Angeles, on Sunday in Bohler Gym.

JOE CERVANTES, Evergreen reporter

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Coming off two straight victories over ranked Pac-12 opponents, No. 19 WSU volleyball will travel down to Salt Lake City on Wednesday to take on unranked University of Utah.

WSU currently has a 15-5 record with a 6-4 record in the Pac-12 Conference. The Cougars are on a two-game winning streak as they beat then-No. 14 University of Southern California and No. 20 University of California, Los Angeles, this past weekend in Bohler Gym.

The Cougars and the Trojans traded set wins before WSU pulled out the victory in a decisive fifth set. The team finished the weekend by sweeping UCLA in three sets.

Head Coach Jen Greeny was proud of how the team stayed alive against two ranked teams.

“We just didn’t quit and I’m really proud of the team,” Greeny said.

The biggest hurdle in these recent games and upcoming games is the absence of senior outside hitter Taylor Mims. Greeny offered praise for senior outside hitter McKenna Woodford after the USC game for filling in the void with Mims being sidelined.

“We’ve asked everyone to step up with [Mims] being out and [Woodford] certainly did that,” Greeny said.

WSU has faced the Utes once prior this season resulting in a 3-2 Coug victory. WSU looked to be in control early in that match when they won the first two sets but the Cougs would lose the next two sets, leading to a thrilling 18-16 fifth set victory.

The Cougars seem like they have gotten comfortable enough to win without Mims, but it will take a team effort to take down Utah away from home.

The Utes currently have a 2-5 record against ranked opponents and are 4-6 in the Pac-12 Conference. WSU will need to play a consistent game against Utah to pull a victory, but the team has the momentum to make it happen.

WSU will look to continue its winning streak as they head to Salt Lake City to play the Utes at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The game will also be broadcasted on Pac-12 Networks.