Lusby shines as WSU wins first two matches in Volleyball tournament

Cougars compete and win in Texas

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BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

The WSU women’s volleyball team celebrates on-court after scoring the 18th and winning point against Utah on Sept. 28, 2018 in Bohler Gym.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

The Cougars won both matches and got a total of 21 kills from freshman outside hitter Alexcis Lusby during Friday’s doubleheader in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley tournament, sweeping Houston Baptist University and beating UTRGV 3-1.

WSU won its first match against HBU 25-18, 25-13, 25-22 and later beat UTRGV 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21 to move on to a 10-1 record on the season.

The Cougars took the first two sets against UTRGV comfortably but couldn’t close out the third for the match sweep. WSU led late 17-11 but UTRGV went on 14-6 run to prolong the match. WSU had 4 attack errors and 2 service errors during the run.

Just when it looked like the Vaqueros would pull off a similar comeback when they tied fourth set at 19-19 after being down 17-11 for the second time, WSU went on a 6-2 run to secure the victory as Lusby hit the final two kills to seal the match, marking her 14th to lead the team.

Freshman outside hitter Pia Timmer had three service aces in the match and had the third-most kills on the team with eight.

The Cougars recorded a higher hitting percentage than the Vaqueros at .255-.162. Senior middle blocker Jocelyn Urias recorded ten kills and four blocks in the match.

Lusby also recorded seven kills in the final set against HBU to close out the match. She led the team with 11 throughout the match too.

HBU kept the third set close being down one with the score at 23-22. A bad set and an attack error from the HBU sophomore setter Morgan Dewyer ensured the Cougar victory.

Lusby sent five blocks to the other side of the net in the match, second to freshman middle blocker Magda Jehlarov’s seven blocks.

The Cougars held HBU to a .035 hitting percentage and forced them to have nearly as many attack errors as kills with the Huskies hitting 29 kills and 25 attack errors.