Volleyball defeats Oregon for second time this season

First time since 2002, Cougars sweep both Ducks, Beaver in regular season



Jocelyn Urias, redshirt senior middle blocker, leaps to block the shot against an Idaho player on Sept. 13 in Bohler Gym.

Callahan Hudson, Evergreen reporter

The No. 22 Cougar volleyball team defeated the University of Oregon Ducks 3-1 Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon.

This is the first time WSU (21-5, 10-4) has swept the Ducks (7-16, 3-11) since 2003 and both Oregon schools since 2002 during the regular season.

Junior outside hitter Penny Tusa set a new season high with 17 digs and has 235 digs on the season.

The Cougars fell behind the Ducks in the first set until Jocelyn Urias, redshirt senior middle blocker, tied the score at 13-13. The Cougars picked it up, made two different four-point runs and won 25-20. Freshman outside hitter Alexcis Lusby made the final kill. Lusby finished the game with six kills.

In the second set, WSU had a five-point run and a seven-point run. The team defended their court well, which led them to win 25-15.

The Ducks stared the third set on a five-point run making the score 6-1. Later, the Cougars were down 10-3 but Oregon went on a six-point run and defeated the Cougars 25-16.

WSU made a comeback in the fourth set. WSU and Oregon played closed and were tied at 13-13. Then, WSU went on an eight-point scoring streak and led 24-19 before Oregon went on a five-point run to tie the score at 24.

With a kill from redshirt freshman setter Hannah Pukis and an attack error from Oregon, WSU won 26-24.

WSU led the hitting percentage with .149, and Oregon finished closely behind at .145. Freshman outside hitter Pia Timmer led the team with 10 kills and five digs. Pukis had five kills and 16 digs.

The Cougars will face the No. 15 University of Utah Utes at 6 p.m Friday in Bohler Gym. The game can be viewed on the Pac-12 Networks.