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Cougar soccer & volleyball sweep the weekend

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It was a relatively light weekend for the Washington State athletic programs, especially with the football team on a bye week, but the Cougar soccer and volleyball teams made sure it wasn’t a weekend without winning.

The soccer team got things rolling on Friday with their season finale against Washington. The Cougars used a second-half blitz to take a 4-1 lead and secure a 4-2 victory. With the win, WSU improved to 13-2-4 on the season, including 7-1-3 in Pac-12 play.

The Cougars finished third in the Pac-12 with 24 points, just behind UCLA (27) and USC (26). WSU now turns it attention to the NCAA Tournament with the selection show beginning on Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT.

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The volleyball team also had an eventful weekend. The Cougars hosted the Arizona schools this week. WSU made quick work of Arizona on Friday, securing a 3-0 victory. On Sunday, things did not start as well for the Cougars as Arizona State took the first two sets. But, from there it was all Cougs.

WSU pulled off the reverse sweep, winning the final three sets to take the five-set victory against the Sun Devils.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 16-8 on the season and could see their ranking rise from No. 21. It’s back on the road this week to face California and Stanford. California is 0-14 in Pac-12 play, so the Cougars will surely look to start the road trip off with a victory.

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The WSU women’s basketball team held an exhibition against Northwest Nazarene and came away with a dominating 113-46 victory. Six different Cougs scored double figures, including all five starters.

The games count for real now, beginning on Tuesday with the season opener against San Jose State.

While this past weekend may have been a quiet one, that is no longer the case with the men’s and women’s basketball seasons tipping off this week and the Cougar football team taking on Oregon.

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Football:

Pac-12 Football Notebook: Can Oregon Stay in CFP Top Four? Is South Race Over? - Sports Illustrated Cal Bears News, Analysis and More
Cal's player availability issues; WSU's chance to shine; quarterback absences; four running backs star

Washington State at Oregon: what to know | Sports | lmtribune.com
Washington State hits the road for an important Pac-12 North game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium against No. 4 Oregon.

Oregon vs. Washington State odds: Opening line, spread, total for Week 11 matchup - DraftKings Nation
The Washington State Cougars travel to take on the Oregon Ducks in this Pac-12 matchup.

Women’s basketball:

Cougs went dancing last season. Now, they’ll try for encore | Sports | dnews.com
PULLMAN — In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Washington State women’s basketball team qualified for its first NCAA tournament in 30 years in March.

Volleyball:

Magda Magnificent, Leads Cougs to Reverse Sweep of ASU - Washington State University Athletics
PULLMAN, Wash. – In a match that could have gone south, No. 21 Washington State (16-8, 10-4) showed the perseverance that will pay dividends later in the season

Isanovic Gets Career High But Sun Devils Fall At No. 21 WSU - Arizona State University Athletics
Sun Devil Volleyball could not finish the win at No. 21 Washington State, falling in five sets (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 15-6) on Sunday afternoon.

Area roundup: WSU wins tough 5-setter against ASU | Sports | lmtribune.com
PULLMAN — Peaking at the right time, the Washington State volleyball team continued its roll Sunday.

ASU Volleyball: Isanovic’s 28 kills not enough to hold off No. 21 Washington State - House of Sparky
Tough one to swallow

Soccer:

Soccer Selection Show Monday - Washington State University Athletics
After one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Washington State soccer team is set to find out it's placement among the 64 teams in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Cougs and the rest of the field will find out the tournament bracket Monday, Nov. 8 with the live NCAA Tournament Selection Show scheduled to go live at 1:30 p.m. (PT) on NCAA.com.