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WSU soccer, volleyball off to hot starts

We take a look at the past week in non-revenue sports, and preview an important volleyball match.

Korynn Blanksma runs with the ball during WSU's match against Idaho
Korynn Blanksma runs with the ball during WSU's match against Idaho
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The WSU Cougars continue to perform well, as volleyball and soccer remain undefeated. Golf struggled during its trip to the west side, and cross country sent a limited team up to Spokane. And I haven't even mentioned that volleyball has an important matchup versus a top five opponent coming up.

Women's soccer

The team completed its nonconference schedule with a 4-0 win over UC Irvine on Sunday. The Cougs are now 7-0-2 after beating Cal State Fullerton (Friday) and UC Irvine (Sunday). Senior Micaela Castain scored a pair of goals during the weekend and that increased her total to 10. As of right now, the Cougs' unbeaten streak stands at 13 games, and it is going to be severely tested as they enter conference play.

Men's golf

After a season-opening win at home, the men's golf team traveled to Seattle to play in the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitationalon Sept. 16 and 17. The Cougs struggled in the tournament, as the team finished 16 strokes over par. That was good enough for 11th place. Despite the team's poor performance, there were still some individual highlights, as junior Michael Anderson tied for second and finished five strokes under par. Anderson was six strokes back of the tournament champion, Cheng-Tsung Pan (UW).

Women's Cross Country

A small group of runners from the women's cross country team made the trip up to Spokane to participate in the Erik Anderson Invitational on Saturday. This invitational took place at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley and was hosted by the Community Colleges of Spokane. As a result of sending a limited team, the Cougs did not qualify for a team score.

Volleyball to host No. 3 Washington on Wednesday

The volleyball team is fresh off of another tournament victory after capturing the Cougar Invitational Championship this past weekend. Now the Cougs get to take on the No. 3 Washington Huskies at Bohler Gym on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. This match pits two undefeated teams against each other in their conference opener.

The Cougars need to decrease their service errors, keep their offensive balance, and continue to be efficient with their hitting if they are going to pull the upset. Another thing that Washington State is going to have to do win this match is control and/or limit the damage from Washington's Jenni Nogueras: Nogueras recorded her seventh career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Friday.

This match will be on Pac-12 Networks if you cannot make it to Bohler.

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