WSU Volleyball vs Oregon

Tusa, Timmer record double-doubles in kills, digs



Penny Tusa, junior outside hitter and setter, spikes the ball past Oregon blockers on Friday night at Bohler Gym.

RYAN ROOT, Evergreen reporter

The No. 24 WSU Cougars triumphed over the Oregon Ducks 3-1 on Friday night at Bohler Gym.

WSU (15-3, 4-2) won the first, third and fourth sets 25-17, 25-22 and 25-13. Oregon (5-10, 1-5) won the second set 25-22.

Jocelyn Urias, redshirt senior middle blocker, led the team with 14 kills. Junior outside hitter Penny Tusa and freshman outside hitter Pia Timmer had double-doubles in kills and digs.

“I think we’re really dynamic,” Tusa said. “We played our best.”

Oregon began the first set of the match with seven total errors to WSU’s four. Tusa gave the WSU offense seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage for the 25-17 set win.

The second set hosted an uphill battle for the Cougars after a 7-7 tie. WSU made seven attack errors. The Cougars did tie the set at 19, but Oregon closed out WSU’s late comeback attempt with the final score of 25-22.

WSU struck back with a vengeance in the third set with 18 kills. Head coach Jen Greeny switched up the team’s approach with new substitutes across the court.

Urias led the charge with seven kills, including the kill to win the set for the Cougars 25-22.

“Everybody’s got to be ready,” Greeny said. “I thought the people that came in did a nice job as well.”

Oregon made 17 errors in the fourth set, and WSU won the set 25-13.

Urias said the team’s consistent substituting contributed to the win.

“If someone is in, they do a good job. If they substitute them for someone else, they do a good job,” Urias said.

WSU finished the night with a .248 hitting percentage, and Oregon had a .133 hitting percentage.