After a successful road trip against Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona last week, the Washington State volleyball team has once again made their way into the AVCA Top-25. Coming in at 24th, the Cougars have worked their way back into rankings for the first time this season after finishing the regular season in 2019 ranked 23rd - the Cougars did not play in 2020 due to Covid-19.
In match one of the two match series, the Cougars dropped the first set before fighting back and winning the second set 26-24 before taking the third easily. The Sun Devils came back strong in the fourth set to take it 25-23 before the Cougs pulled out a 16-14 set victory to give them the 3-2 match victory.
In match two on Saturday, the Cougs dropped the first set 25-22 before settling in and winning the next three 25-16, 25-16, and 25-19 to bring them to a 3-1 record on the season. The Cougs owned the net on Saturday with both Kalyah Williams and Magda Jehlarova tallying 7 blocks each. Jehlarova added two aces and 11 kills while Williams added another 12 kills of her own.
Washington State will host #18 UCLA for a two match series beginning on Thursday at 6:00 pm followed by another Saturday match at 11:00 am. The Bruins are sitting at 3-1 on the season and are coming off a 3-0 loss to Oregon last week. Prior to that loss, the Bruins had won all but two of their 11 sets, dropping one set each to Oregon and California prior.
AVCA DIVISION I COACHES TOP 25 WOMEN’S POLL: FEBRUARY 1, 2021
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Cougs breaking into the @AVCAVolleyball Coaches Poll this week at No. 24‼️— Cougar Volleyball (@WSUCougarVB) February 1, 2021
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.@TopDrawerSoccer preseason top-25 poll is out and the Cougs check in at #19#GoCougs pic.twitter.com/SmK4Zvynze— Washington State Soccer (@WSUCougarSoccer) February 1, 2021