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WSU volleyball opens Pac-12 play with a loss to UW

Katy Ryan leads the Cougs in kills.

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Washington State continue its road games, but on this Wednesday night, the Cougs travelled to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies for the first Apple Cup series matchup of the year. Unfortunately, the Cougs fell 3-0 to the No. 18 Huskies (25-15, 25-14, 25-22).

WSU (8-4 overall, 0-1 Pac-12) is currently on the road for nine games, starting in Fairfield, Connecticut on September 9, continuing last weekend in Minnesota, and now coming back to Washington before leaving to go to LA to play USC and UCLA. Wednesday’s match marked the opening of Pac-12 play, and it also snapped a three-year streak of winning conference openers.

When it came to the service line, the Cougs had five aces. The Huskies had a hitting percentage of .412 which didn’t help the Cougs be able to be dominate on the service line. While the Cougs had a team hitting percentage of .146.

For the first match this season, Katy Ryan led WSU with seven kills. Argentina Ung had more hits than a typical game. Ung had six kills and 14 assists. She had a percentage of .375. Ung also recorded one block.

Magda Jehlarova led WSU in blocks with three. Jehlarova also had five kills on the night after twelve swings. Jehlarova had a hitting percentage of .333.

First Set: 25-15

WSU had a hard time getting the momentum going. The Huskies took a 5-1 run to open the match, but the Cougs did rebound win five out of six points to close the gap to just a point at 9-8. However, WSU failed to win consecutive points for the rest of the set as UW outscored the Cougs 16-7 from there to take the first set, 25-15.

Second Set: 25-14

The second set was pretty similar to the first set, with WSU hanging around early — a service ace by Karly Basham capped a three-point run that pulled the Cougs to within two points at 10-8. But UW’s attack was even more relentless, as the Huskies racked up 17 kills with only one attacking error. Overall, the Huskies had a ridiculous hitting percentage of .516 to take 15 of the final 21 points to win the set, 25-14.

Third Set: 25-22

Down two sets to none, the Cougs rallied back in the third set to surge to a 4-0 lead that would eventually reach 8-3. But the Huskies answered back with an 8-0 run to take the lead, 12-8. In the set, WSU forced the Huskies into eight errors which were a team-high for the match, which led to a tight set in which the Cougs were always just one or two points behind. But with the game on the line, and with the Huskies holding a 23-22 advantage, consecutive kills by Claire Hoffman (18 kills overall) and Marin Grote (nine) finished off WSU, 25-22.

The Cougs continue their road matches this Saturday against USC at 2 p.m.


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