While Cougar football suffered an upsetting defeat Saturday, the rest of WSU athletics went undefeated over the weekend. The women's soccer and volleyball teams both picked up big wins away from home.
Cougar volleyball participated in the Idaho Volleyball Classic on Friday and Saturday, and picked up three victories en route to winning the tournament. WSU beat UC Irvine, Seattle U and Idaho, all in straight sets.
The volleyball team (5-1) has responded well after a season opening loss to Radford back in August. The Cougs have won their last five matches and appear to be settling somewhat into a groove as their season continues.
Junior outside hitter Kyra Holt was named the tournament MVP after leading the Cougs in kills all three matches of the tournament. Holt figures to be an integral part of the Cougs attack all season. Head Coach Jen Greeny had high praise.
"Kyra had incredible numbers this weekend," Greeny said in a press release on wsucougars.com. "She has really done a lot, not only on the court but leadership-wise and I'm really proud of the way she's progressing with her all-around game."
Volleyball returns home this weekend as they will host the Cougar Challenge tournament September 11 and 12. Morehead State, Ball State, and Utah Valley will all visit the Palouse to participate in the tournament.
WSU women's soccer continued their undefeated season with a win a 1-0 overtime victory at Montana. The Cougs, now 4-0, snuck by the Grizzlies with a penalty shot goal by junior midfielder Kailiana Johnson.
The penalty came with five seconds remaining in the opening OT period after junior forward Kaitlyn Johnson drew a hard challenge while dribbling into the left edge of the box.
The win against Montana was the first shutout of the year for the Cougs and redshirt freshman goalie Ella Dederick's first clean sheet of her career. Dederick made four saves in the victory. The Cougs outshot Montana 18-7, and led 5-4 on shots on goal.
The Cougars are still on the outside looking in on the NSCAA Coaches poll, picking up 11 votes this week.The Cougs return to Pullman and will play host to Oklahoma State on Friday and Cal-State Fullerton on Sunday.
Fullerton will be an early season test for the Cougs. The Titans are 6-0 and received 10 votes in the NSCAA poll. Oklahoma St. has posted a 2-3 record this season with losses to Florida, Central Florida, and Oklahoma.
The Cougs and Cowgirls play at 7 p.m. and you can watch the game on Pac-12 Networks.
Cougar Tennis gets its season underway this weekend as they host the Cougar Classic in Pullman. The action will take place all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Tennis Courts.