Facing familiar foes at home


The WSU volleyball team huddles during a home game against Arizona State, Friday. Oct. 11.

The Washington State University volleyball team kicks off the second half of Pac-12 conference play this weekend with a pair of matches against Colorado and Utah.

The Cougars (15-8, 2-8) host Colorado (14-6, 6-4) tonight and Utah (17-5, 6-4) Saturday night in Bohler Gym. The match against Colorado will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

“It will be nice to see those teams for a second time, kind of know what we’re going to get,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said in a press conference. “And it will be nice to get them at home.”

The first time through conference play WSU fell to both the mountain schools on the road, dropping their match against Utah 2-3 and losing to Colorado 1-3.

“I don’t think we played exceptionally well against Utah, especially the first two sets, and then we were able to come back and just lost in five (sets),” Greeny said. “Didn’t play so well at Colorado either but had some good moments.”

The Cougars are coming off a pair of losses in Los Angeles to USC and UCLA and will look for a couple wins to help bolster their potential NCAA Tournament resume.

Freshman Kyra Holt and junior Jaicee Harris lead the Cougars on offense with 330 and 211 kills, respectively. Junior Ver’Leea Hardaway currently leads the team in hitting percentage at .352, while also contributing 201 kills. Her hitting percentage is 10th best in the conference.

While senior Camryn Irwin leads the team in assists with 768 in her 80 sets played, freshman setter Haley MacDonald has seen some time on the court as well, racking up 133 assists in her 25 sets of playing time.

Currently, only senior Marcelina Glab has recorded more than one block per set, with 1.04 blocks per set.

WSU is hitting .232 this season so far, but only hitting .155 in Pac-12 conference matches while allowing a .234 opponent hitting percentage.

WSU takes on Colorado tonight at 6 p.m. in a televised match on the Pac-12 Network and faces off against Utah tomorrow at 7 p.m.