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Volleyball and soccer take their hot starts into conference play

Women’s golf struggles and the swim team starts its season.

Micaela Castain was dangerous against Oregon, but couldn't score.
Micaela Castain was dangerous against Oregon, but couldn't score.
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While popcorn guy and the Seattle Game have dominated the discussion of Cougar sports fans, the nonrevenue sports teams have been hidden. That being said, volleyball and soccer have continued their hot starts; men's golf got itself back on track; women's golf struggled; and swim starts its season.


The women's soccer team continued their nonlosing ways last Friday as the Cougs earned a draw against Oregon, an opponent that was widely considered to be weaker than WSU. Washington State held the advantage in shots (17-7) but failed to capitalize on opportunities that were presented. It was in overtime that saw the Cougs miss their best opportunity.

Micaela Castain's header hit the cross bar, and Nicole Setterlaund's rebound attempt was denied. The Cougs earned a point, and extended their unbeaten streak to 14 matches.  Washington State heads to Los Angeles to take on UCLA today at 4 p.m., then the Cougs will take on USC on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both games will be broadcast by Pac-12 Networks.


After getting swept by No. 2 Washington last Wednesday, the Cougs made the trip to Corvallis, Oregon. Washington State was actually poised to sweep the Beavers after winning the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-20, but Oregon State was not going to be dealt with so easily on its home court as the Beavers won the third and fourth set, 25-20 and 28-26. The final set was pretty much controlled by the Cougs, as they won 15-9. Kyra Holt continued her dominance as she recorded 25 kills during those five sets.

Washington State is now 14-1 on the season and 1-1 in Pac-12 play. The Cougs take on Utah tonight at 6 p.m. and Colorado on Sunday at 11 a.m. in a game that will be on Pac-12 Networks.

Women's golf

The Cougs made the trip to Aurora, Ore., to play in the Rose City Collegiate Tournament on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. As a squad, WSU posted a combined score of 637 strokes: this was good for 37 strokes over par.  That being said, there were some bright spots among the individual performances as senior Mallory Kent (who led the Cougs) tied for 14th at seven over par.


The women's swim team made its way to Stanford to participate in their first dual meet of the season. Washington State lost to Stanford 147-104. WSU saw three of its swimmers place first in their individual events. Freshmen Elise Locke placed first in the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:05.48. Following her victory, Emma Johansson (100-meter fly) and Presley Wetterstrom (400-meter individual medley) also captured victories.

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