The Washington State volleyball team was ranked 14th by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Monday following a weekend sweep over Oregon State. The Cougs (10-2) played in their first match since February 28th after their weekend series against USC was cancelled last week.
The Cougs started the weekend off on Friday with a 3-1 victory over the Beavers with the only loss coming in the third set when the Beavers pulled through with a 25-22 win before the Cougs would shut the door with a 25-16 win to give them their fifth straight victory. They then followed that up with a 3-0 victory to complete the sweep on Sunday. The series sweep puts them at the top of the Pac-12 standings with just six matches and three teams left on the schedule.
Redshirt sophomore Hannah Pukis led the Cougars over the weekend and had one of her best performances of her young career as she finished with 65 assists, 11 kills, 13 digs, and 16 points on the weekend.
Head coach Jen Greeny and the rest of the Cougs will return home Friday for a match against #8 Washington before heading across the state to take on the Huskies in Seattle on Sunday. They will then head to Salt Lake City to take on #11 Utah the following week.
With wins this weekend, the Cougars could see themselves in the top-10 and be in outright control of the top spot in the conference. They are currently sitting in first in the conference based off win percentage with the Huskies sitting right behind them at 13-3.
In many ways, the tense atmosphere inside the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium was fitting for a Washington State team whose 2020-21 campaign at times resembled an edge-of-your-seat drama flick more than it did a college basketball season.
Washington State wunderkind Charlisse Leger-Walker posed a question that would have made Kamie Ethridge toss her clipboard if the Cougars’ fiery coach was within earshot.
The Washington State women’s basketball team will be dancing into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30 seasons, as the Cougars earned an at-large-bid to the 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament on Monday, March 15.
Twenty years ago, while preparing to face the University of Washington in the Rose Bowl, the Purdue quarterback stood in the west end zone of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after practice and happily talked about the hat. Brees, who retired from the NFL on Sunday, proudly owned a Washington State baseball cap.
The Washington State women’s cross country program saw Erin Mullins run at the NCAA Cross Country Championship Monday morning, from Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State University.