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Cougar volleyball sees its season end in the Sweet 16

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It had to come to an end sometime. The WSU volleyball team—one of the university’s more accomplished athletic teams these past few years—fell last night to the Stanford Cardinal in four sets to see its season end in the Sweet 16.

After the Cardinal took the first set 25-17, the teams traded runs in the second set with WSU coming out on top 26-24. Stanford cruised to take the third set, and while WSU gave the Cardinal a test in the fourth set, the no. 1 team in the country prevailed 25-19.

That second set win was the only the sixth set Stanford lost at home all season. In fact, the last set Stanford lost was to Washington State back on Nov. 16.

The loss ends a remarkable year for the Cougs, who finish 23-10 overall. It also marks the end of the road for six seniors on the squad.

Jen Greeny has done an outstanding job with the program, which went through some ups and downs until recently.

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Links

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Dynamic duo: Washington State’s Gardner Minshew, Mike Leach named Pac-12’s Player of Year, Coach of Year by Associated Press panel - The Spokesman-Review
Two days after coaches in the Pac-12 Conference voted Gardner Minshew as the league’s offensive player of the year and Mike Leach as its coach of the year, media members came to a similar consensus.

WSU’s Gardner Minshew: ‘I just have that belief in myself’ - KREM
Gardner Minshew reflects on the 2018 season, looks ahead to what the team could achieve at the Alamo Bowl, and answers the question on everyone’s minds: What happens to the mustache once the season ends?

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The Cougars return to the Toyota Center after defeating Central Washington there in 2016-17.