Cougars prepare to face Sun Devils, Wildcats in Arizona

Volleyball has four regular season games left, with three on road

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Cougars prepare to face Sun Devils, Wildcats in Arizona

Redshirt freshman Kalyah Williams goes up for the spike against Utah on Friday at Bohler Gym. Williams made six kills and WSU lost 3-1.

Redshirt freshman Kalyah Williams goes up for the spike against Utah on Friday at Bohler Gym. Williams made six kills and WSU lost 3-1.

ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Redshirt freshman Kalyah Williams goes up for the spike against Utah on Friday at Bohler Gym. Williams made six kills and WSU lost 3-1.

ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Redshirt freshman Kalyah Williams goes up for the spike against Utah on Friday at Bohler Gym. Williams made six kills and WSU lost 3-1.

CALLAHAN HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

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The WSU women’s volleyball team will travel to Arizona this weekend to face Arizona State University and the University of Arizona.

The Cougars will take on the ASU Sun Devils at 6 p.m. Thursday in Tempe, then the Arizona Wildcats at 11 a.m. Sunday in Tucson. WSU (22-6, 11-5) lost 3-1 to then-No. 15 University of Utah Friday, and defeated University of Colorado, Boulder, 3-2 on Sunday.

“It was a hard-fought match. I was proud of the way that we fought back at the end of the match and we were able to take it,” head coach Jen Greeny said. “No matter how you win, whether it’s a sweep or in five, it’s really special to get that win.”

Greeny said she looks forward to the rest of the season and the team facing the Arizona schools again. It is tough playing away games so early in the week because they don’t get much preparation time during the week, but they are used to that, she said.

“We need to push through the end of the year, and know that we’re not finished and we still have some work to do,” Greeny said.

When WSU last played ASU on Oct. 20, the Cougars lost the match 3-2 at home.

“Arizona State is a really tough team. They have some great offensive weapons and when they put it all together, they are really strong,” Greeny said.

In preparation for ASU, the Cougars need to stay consistent on their side of the net and to serve hard to make ASU more predictable, Greeny said.

The last time the Cougars faced Arizona was on Oct. 18, and they won 3-0 at home.

“Arizona had a great weekend last weekend, and they are playing well … it certainly will not be easy, and we are just trying to take one at a time,” Greeny said.

The match between WSU and ASU will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday and can be viewed on the ASU Live Stream. The Cougars will face Arizona at 11 a.m. Sunday. The game can be viewed on the Pac-12 Plus Live Stream.