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HCA: Volleyball drops to #24 in latest rankings

The Cougars sit at 16-4 on the season

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The Washington State volleyball team split the weekend series against the Arizona schools and dropped from #21 to #24 in the latest AVCA Coaches poll that was released on Monday. The Cougars fell three spots in the latest rankings and now sit with a 16-4 record on the season.

Arizona came to town on Friday and were shut out 3-0 after starting out strong in a first set that featured 7 total ties. The Cougs finished on a 3-0 scoring run to put the first set away 25-20. They wouldn’t look back after that and finished off sets two and three with 25-18 and 25-17 victories. Freshman Magda Jehlářová and Alexcis Lusby led the way for the Cougars and would each hit over .500 with 22 kills between the two of them.

Arizona State would be next up on Sunday and would take the Cougs to 5 sets before ultimately handing them their fourth loss on the season. The Sun Devils started out slow dropping the first two sets 25-19 and 25-17 before finishing out strong and winning the final three sets 25-20, 25-22, and 15-12.

The Sun Devils would need runs of 11-3 and 9-2 to put the Cougs away in the third and fourth sets. The fifth and final set would be a close one as the two were tied 6-6 before the the Cougs were on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoring run that proved to be too much as they would drop their first match inside Bohler Gym.

The Cougs will hit the road and take on Colorado in Boulder on Thursday at 6:00 pm before heading to Salt Lake City to take on the #18 Utah Utes on Sunday at noon.



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