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Cougs finish Sunday with a pair of wins and a draw

NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 27 Holiday Bowl - Minnesota v Washington State Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Washington State Cougar athletic teams had a very productive Sunday with the baseball and tennis teams earning wins, the soccer team playing to a draw and the rowing team also posting a strong finish.

On the baseball diamond, the Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning at Utah and held on despite a late rally to secure the 5-3 victory. The win gave the Cougars the series against Utah, picking up two wins in the three-game series. The Cougars return home this week for a four-game week, starting with a Tuesday matchup against Gonzaga before hosting Arizona. The Cougars are 16-11 on the season.

The soccer team also jumped out to a lead, with a late first-half goal putting them up 1-0 against Oregon. The Ducks, however tied the game in the 71st minute. That was the last scoring of the game as the teams finished even 1-1 after two overtimes. The Cougars are 6-3-2 on the season. The Cougars wrap up the regular season on Friday at home against Washington.

The Cougar tennis team was able to knock off the Ducks with the Cougs defeating No. 37 Oregon 4-3. Like the baseball team, the Cougars will play Gonzaga next in a non-conference game.

On the water, the Cougar rowing team posted two second place finishes and a third in the final day of the Pac-12 Invitational. Washington won all three races with the Cougars finishing ahead of Oregon State twice and San Diego in all three races.

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Masters Sunday without a little golf. The Cougars completed the second round of the El Macero Classic and improved by 13 strokes from the first round. Max Sekulic paced the Cougars with a round of 69. WSU sits in 13th place heading into the final round.

Hopefully some of that winning will carry over to the volleyball team this week as they open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

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Volleyball

WSU volleyball handles uncommon season, turns attention to NCAA Tournament run | The Spokesman-Review
The Cougars overcame a delayed start to the season, a limited number of full-squad practices before their first match and numerous schedule revisions to finish 11-4.The reward is WSU’s fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and a 15 seed, which means a first-round bye before Thursday’s match against the winner of Jackson State/Western Kentucky.

Baseball

Cougars Take Rubber Game, Clinch Series at Utah - Washington State University Athletics
WSU claimed its first Pac-12 road series since 2017.

Soccer

Call it a draw - Washington State University Athletics
The Cougars moved their unbeaten streak to nine-straight against Oregon.

Tennis

Cougars Take Down No. 37 Oregon, 4-3 - Washington State University Athletics
Savanna Ly-Nguyen improves to a team-beast 17-2 in singles this season.

Rowing

Rowing has a Strong Final Day at the Pac-12 Invitational - Washington State University Athletics
HENDERSON, Nev. – The No. 19-ranked Washington State rowing team collected a pair of first-place finishes to highlight the final day of the Pac-12 Invitational at