Washington State junior outside hitter Pia Timmer earned her first Pac-12 offensive player of the week award on Monday. After helping lead the Cougs to their second consecutive tournament championship, Timmer earned the first offensive award for the Cougars since 2018.
On top of being named offensive player of the week, she was also named MVP of the Thunderdome Classic in Santa Barbara, California. The Cougars began the tournament on Friday night with a 3-0 victory against host UC Santa Barbara. They followed that up with another 3-0 victory on Saturday morning against VCU that gave them a spot in the championship rematch against UC Santa Barbara.
In the championship game, the Cougars dropped their first set since September 4th against UNLV breaking their streak of 17 consecutive sets won. The Cougars would go on to win 3-1 and be named champions of the Thunderdome Classic.
Timmer had a career high in kills in the championship game with 19 total. She would finish her weekend with 47 kills, 26 digs, and four blocks. In her two seasons with the Cougars, so far, she has lead the team in kills and kills per set at the end of each year. During her freshman campaign she also led the team in total attacks and points.
Timmer and the Cougs will look to continue their hot streak on Wednesday as they begin Pac-12 play with a home matchup against undefeated 24th ranked Colorado. That match can be seen on Pac-12 Networks at 6:00 pm.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pia Timmer, Jr., OH, WASHINGTON STATE (Emlichheim, Germany)
For the first time in her standout career, junior outside hitter Pia Timmer has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Timmer is the first Coug to earn a weekly award in 2021 and the first since Magda Jehlarova was named Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 2) early in the spring of last season.
Washington State (1-2, 0-1 Pac-12) will make a trip to Salt Lake City for the third year in a row to play its first road game of this season, a conference matchup against Utah (1-2, 0-0). It’ll be homecoming for the Utes.
Washington State’s quarterback situation remains unsettled as the Cougars prepare to play at Utah on Saturday.
The Washington State football team will play at least four consecutive afternoon games this season, a rarity for a program that usually kicks off late.
Jayden de Laura’s availability for Saturday’s game at Utah probably won’t be determined until later this week.
Washington State hits the road for the first time in 2021 with a matchup at Utah in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. (PT) on the Pac-12 Network.
The Washington State men’s basketball team will hire Derrick Wrobel – who has experience at Arizona State, Cal and St. John’s over the past 20 years – to be the Cougars’ new recruiting coordinator.
The Washington State women’s golf team shaved three-strokes off its first-round score at the 2021 Badger Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 20, as the Cougars carded three-over par; 291 in the second round to move up to third place heading into Wednesday’s final round.
Washington State men’s golfer Max Sekulic got his 2021-22 season off to a fine start, as the redshirt senior sits in a tie for eighth place at the 2021 Husky Invitational after two rounds of play. The Cougars enter the final round in ninth place on the team leaderboard after carding one-over par; 577 through their first 36 holes of play at Gold Mountain Golf Club.