WSU Volleyball vs. Oregon State



Freshman middle blocker Magda Jehlarova spikes a ball past Oregon State defenders Sunday afternoon at Bohler Gym.

RYAN ROOT, Evergreen reporter

The Cougars defeated Oregon State 3-1 on Sunday in Bohler Gym. The final scores were 25-21, 25-21, 18-25, and 25-18.

Freshman middle blocker Magda Jehlárová led the match in total blocks with seven. She leads the Pac-12 in total blocks per season. Jehlárová also led offensively this match with a hitting percentage of .533.

WSU and Oregon State went back and forth for multiple rallies in the first set. Jehlárová tallied five kills on five attacks, to give her a 1.000 hit percentage in the first set.

“Fortunately, we managed to win most of [the rallies] today,” Jehlárová said. “It’ll keep the energy of the team pretty high.”

The Cougars maintained their blocking momentum in the second set. The Beaver’s late comeback attempt was not enough to overtake the Cougars. Oregon State went on a three-point streak to try to shift momentum late in the set before WSU took a time out.

In the third set, Oregon State struck back. The team cleaned up their attack from eight and five in the first and second set to zero in the third set to win.

Freshman outside hitter Pia Timmer said WSU’s errors were the main deciding factor in WSU’s only set loss of the match.

“We just made too many stupid mistakes,” Timmer said. “We had to bring our energy back.”

WSU made its necessary changes to come out on top in the fourth and final set of the match. Freshman defensive specialist libero Julia Norville served two aces and junior outside hitter Penny Tusa served one.

Coach Jen Greeny believes the consistent rallies throughout the match will set up the team for success in the future.

“I think it prepares us well,” Greeny said. “In this conference, the ball will keep coming back.”

The Cougars managed to record a .310 hit percentage, and Oregon State recorded .206.

WSU will face the Arizona Wildcats at 7 p.m. on Friday in Bohler Gym.