Washington State Senior outside hitter, Taylor Mims was named tournament MVP over the weekend as she led the Cougars to two victories in Raleigh, North Carolina. With victories over Virginia Commonwealth and North Carolina State, the Cougs finished the weekend 6-1 in the two matches with their only loss coming in the third set of the final game.
Mims finished the weekend with 31 kills, 18 digs, 3 aces, and 38 points in her first two games after being selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team - Europe over the summer.
The Cougars took the first match against VCU in three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-18and were able to outhit them .289 to .033. Down 21-20 in the second set, Mims stepped up big and finished out the set with three of her eight match kills in the Cougars final five points.
Things were not as close on Sunday as they won in four sets with scores of 25-14, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-8. The 8 points allowed in the final set is the lowest they have allowed since 2012 when they originally set the record in a 25-8 set win over Seattle University.
While Mims was named tournament MVP, senior Mckenna Woodford and Junior Alexis Dirige were both named to the all-tournament team.
The Cougs will look to continue their success this weekend as they head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on Northern Iowa in a weekend double header with the first match coming Friday at 4 pm and their second match coming Saturday at 9:30 am.
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