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Cougar soccer records a pair of draws against top 10 opponents

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And volleyball picks up a split.

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 24: Washington State women’s soccer celebrates senior night against UCLA, resulting in a 1-1 draw Jack Ellis/CougCenter

This past weekend was a big one for the Washington State soccer team. Not only did the Cougars welcome a pair of top 10 teams to Pullman, but the Sunday contest against No. 8 UCLA was senior night for the Cougs.

It was nearly a perfect weekend for the WSU, but a couple of missed opportunities turned a season-changing six points into two points. On paper, playing to a draw against both No. 5 USC and No. 8 UCLA is a great result. And coming away with two points is a good result. However, it was also a weekend of what could have been as you could argue the Cougars outplayed the Trojans and Bruins and were a missed opportunity or two away from an incredible weekend sweep.

Instead, the Cougars are 10-2-4 heading into the final three games of the regular season. The Cougars will travel to play the Oregon schools before wrapping the season on the road against the Huskies. WSU is in fourth place in the Pac-12, trailing the Trojans, Stanford, and UCLA. If things had bounced differently for the Cougs, they could be tied with USC and Stanford atop the standings.

The Cougars, of course, have their sights set on the NCAA Tournament. Converting either victory this weekend would have been a great resume builder. WSU has a good resume at this point, but it is lacking a signature win. The Ducks, Beavers, and Huskies area ll below the Cougars in the standings, so now WSU will need to take care of business and finish the season strong.

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The Cougar volleyball team split the weekend against the Bay Area schools. WSU was up 2-1 on Friday against Stanford, but the Cardinal rallied to win the last two sets to take the match. The Cougs made sure there was no such rally on Sunday against Cal and instead swept the Bears 3-0.

The Cougs will go on the road this week against UCLA and USC. UCLA entered last week No. 17 in the country and swept the Oregon schools. The Bruins currently sit atop the Pac-12 standings.

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It was a fantastic weekend for the WSU men’s golf team as the Cougars made a little history. The Cougs won the Visit Stockton Invitational with the lowest three-round score in school history at minus-36. Senior Max Sekulic made it a team and individual sweep as he won the individual title with a minus-16 score.

It was the Cougars’ first tournament win since 2017.

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The WSU women’s basketball team doesn’t begin the regular season until November 9, but the Cougars got their first exhibition game under their belts with a dominating 89-38 win against Saint Martin’s on Sunday.

The Cougs made nearly 60% of their shots in the game while holding Saint Martin’s under 20% shooting.

Ula Motuga scored 17 points, Bella Murekatete scored 16 points while Charlisse Leger-Walker tallied 14 points in the victory. Senior Krystal Leger-Walker, who returned for another season, finished the game with 11 assists.

The Cougs will play one more exhibition on November 4, before beginning the regular season.

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The WSU rowing team competed in their first regatta since 2019 and came away with a strong finish at the Head of Spokane with two varsity eight boats finishing in the top five.

“It was a great day for racing,” WSU rowing head coach Jane Lariviere said via WSUCougars.com. “The weather held up and conditions were perfect. The team was excited to finally get a fall race in. Thanks to Gonzaga for hosting a great event and thanks to Oregon State and Loyola Marymount for making the trip up.”

Here are the full results:

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The Cougar tennis team had four singles and two doubles teams competing at the ITA Northwest Regional. WSU senior Savanna Ly-Nguyen had the best showing for the Cougs, advancing to the fourth round of singles play. She lost in the fourth round to the No. 6 seed on the singles side. WSU recorded one doubles first-round victory, but that duo lost in the second round.

The tournament was the final event of the fall season.

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Football:

Washington State rewind: Examining the Cougs' run game and coaching adjustments | The Spokesman-Review
PULLMAN – Washington State endured a week of turmoil and still managed to put a competitive product on the field against a skilled opponent.

Women’s basketball:

Cougs Uncaged in Exhibition Win over Saint Martin's - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women's basketball team came out of the gates firing on all cylinders to score an 89-38 exhibition victory over Saint Martin's

Volleyball:

Cal Falls To No. 22 WSU - University of California Golden Bears Athletics
Bella Bergmark Records Match High 16 Kills

Block party in Bohler as the Cougs sweep the Bears - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – Battling back after a tough loss two-nights prior, No. 22 Washington State (13-7, 7-3) came up with yet another sweep, this time downing Cal (7-14,

Cougs Come Up Clutch to Win the Visit Stockton Invitational - Washington State University Athletics
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Washington State men's golf team capped off one of its best performances ever on Saturday, Oct. 23, as the Cougars posted their lowest three-round

Golf

Cougs Come Up Clutch to Win the Visit Stockton Invitational - Washington State University Athletics
STOCKTON, Calif. – The Washington State men's golf team capped off one of its best performances ever on Saturday, Oct. 23, as the Cougars posted their lowest three-round