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Three Cougs take home conference awards

Pia Timmer, Brennan Jackson, and Charlisse Leger-Walker all take home awards on Monday

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Three Washington State athletes were named Pac-12 Players of the week in three different sports on Monday. Pia Timmer, Brennan Jackson, and Charlisse Leger-Walker all earned conference recognition on Monday in their respective sports. Volleyball, football, and women’s basketball went a combined 6-0 over the past week.

Timmer, an senior outside hitter on the volleyball team, helped lead the Cougs to a 2-0 weekend sweep over the Arizona schools. Friday in Tempe, she helped lead them to a 3-0 victory over the Sun Devils before a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats on Sunday in Tucson. She finished her weekend with 32 kills, 16 digs, and 5 aces while hitting .310 and averaging 5.3 points per set. This is the Cougs first Offensive Player of the Week this season and third overall as Magda Jehlarova took home the defensive player of the week award twice earlier this year.

Timmer and the Cougs will look to keep up the winning this weekend when they host Utah on Friday at 7:00pm and Colorado on Sunday at noon. Both games will be at Bohler Gym and will be televised on Pac-12 Mountain.

Brennan Jackson was named Defensive Lineman of the Week following the 28-18 victory over Arizona State. Jackson finished with 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. He got after Sun Devils quarterback Trenton Bourguet early in the game as he recorded his first sack of the game on the first drive. A 25-yard loss that also caused a fumble that the Sun Devils recovered on their own 2-yard line.

Jackson will look to get after former Cougar quarterback Jayden De Laura this weekend when the Cougs head to Tucson to take on Arizona. De Laura has been sacked 20 times this season and thrown 8 interceptions in their 10 games. De Laura said this weekend’s game was “personal” and I have a feeling the Cougar defense also views it as personal as their former quarterback quit on them during the team’s bowl game last season.

Charlisse Leger-Walker was named the season’s first Player of the Week after leading the Cougs to three victories over the past week. The junior from New Zealand averaged 25 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2 steals in the three victories. She put up a career high 35 points in a 69-63 comeback victory over San Francisco on Friday. Over the final two quarters she put up 26 points while shooting 72.7% from the field in the final 20 minutes of the game.

On Sunday, she became the 21st player in program history to score 1,000 points in a Cougar uniform. It took her 57 career games to reach the feat, tying Jeanne Eggart as the fastest to reach 1,000 points.

Leger-Walker will look to continue the early success on Friday as the team heads to Hawaii to participate in the Northshore Showcase with a game against BYU at 5:00 pm. They will stay in Hawaii over the weekend and take on Troy at 3:00 pm on Monday.



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