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Cougar volleyball continues hot start

The Cougars are 2-0 to start the season

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A day after opening their season with a 3-1 victory over American University, the Washington State volleyball team came out on Monday with another 3-1 victory over Howard. Even with a slow start the Cougars were able to outplay the Bison 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, and 25-21.

Junior outside hitter Mckenna Woodford led the team with 18 kills on the night and managed a double-double with an additional 17 digs. Sophomore libero Alexis Dirige led the team and landed second on the Cougars single game record book with 36 digs. She also had four assists on the night. Abby Phillips, the junior libero transfer from Iowa State appeared in her first action Monday and had 5 digs.

Cougar head coach Jen Greeny is looking to continue and add onto her success in Pullman from last year. Two years ago the Cougars were sitting at .500 and even worse the years before. Last season Greeny had them at 22-12 and in the NCAA Tournament where they lost to #3 Wisconsin.

Washington State will return to Pullman for the Cougar Challenge Tournament starting on Thursday. They will host Incarnate Word on Thursday at 1:45 pm followed up by Baylor at 8:00 pm later that night. On Friday they will play the remaining games against Quinnipiac at noon and will cap Friday with a 7:30 match against the College of Charleston.

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