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WSU Volleyball rocks postseason opener

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Took down Northern Colorado in 3 sets!

PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 18: Washington State volleyball takes down No. 16 Oregon in five sets at Bohler Gymnasium Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Good afternoon, Coug fans!

Your favorite volleyball team is off to a promising postseason tournament run, so let’s jump in and recap the swept 3 set victory over Northern Colorado.

To start, UNC’s regular season ended with a 24-7 record, 13-3 in their conference.

UNC’s biggest prerogative, aside from pushing further in the tournament, was competing with teams in higher divisions, like the Pac 12. While neither goal was completed in the desired outcome, UNC did put up a solid fight in the third and final set. But I’m getting ahead of myself!

The first set opened with UNC keeping things aggressive, although they couldn’t quite keep momentum. The set quickly slid from a 5-0 UNC lead, into 12-6 WSU lead- thanks largely to star Hannah Pukis! The red shirt junior totaled 7 kills, 33 assists, 1 ace and 1 block across all three sets. The final score for the first set was 25-17.

The second set held a similar result, with UNC attempting to take control, only to be thwarted by the Cougs once again. WSU gained leverage with a 15-9 lead, which quickly became 25-15 to finish things off strong.

The third set however, proved to be the most competitive for UNC with a final score of 25-20, WSU still coming out on top despite significant effort from the Colorado Bears.

Additionally, Pia Timmer was finally able to return after missing the last five games. Another important benchmark during the game belongs to Penny Tusa, who was able to nab her 150th ace, becoming the first in program history!

The Cougs next opponent does happen to be Baylor, who hosts the tournament. While there’s something to be said about a home court advantage, and Baylors regular season record of 21-5, I think the Cougs will be chasing the sweep high and will come out strong. You can find out for yourself tonight at 5pm on ESPN+!

Go Cougs!

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