The Washington State Cougars traveled to Minnesota with high hopes, but they returned to Pullman with straight losses against two seeded teams last weekend at the Minnesota Diet Coke Classic.
Match One: No. 22 defeats Pepperdine. WSU, 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 29-31, 26-24, 15-8)
In the first game, Friday, the 22nd seed Cougs played Pepperdine in a five-set match that ended in Pepperdine’s favour.
This was the fifth year of the move, Laura Jansen, with another outstanding performance by Coggs. With 22 kills and 0.356 hits, Jansen had the best performance of the night for the Cougs. As a team, Cougs hit 0.210.
Setter Argentina Ung had 57 assists, too. It also recorded five kills and three blocks including a single block.
Pia Temer led the Coggs with 20 digs while Libero Carly Basham had 17 assists. Magda Jehlarova was also one of the main blockers for the Cougs with a Three.
So far this season, the Coggs have played two matches where they have had more than ten aces. The program’s record was 14, and in this match, Cougs scored ten. However, the nine fouls from the streak didn’t help as those nine points added to Pepperdine’s 3-2 win over the Cougs.
Cogs fought back and forth between Pepperdines. The Cogs struggled hard, but with service errors and constant momentum changes, the Cogs looked to beat the Golden Gophers the following night.
Match Two: Minnesota No. 6 defeated. WSU, 3-1 (25-16, 25-13, 24-26, 25-20)
The Cogs started their second and final game on Saturday. This will also be one of the only tournaments this season that has not featured three or more teams.
Katie Ryan was the hitter who succeeded Janssen with one kill. Jansen led with Coggs in 16 kills in the second straight game. Ryan had 15 kills which was her highest of the season.
The Cogs lost three of their four groups. This is the number six team in the state and was 5-3 in this game while WSU was 8-2.
Setter Argentina Ung had 44 assists per night, four blocks, four digs and one kill. I think it’s safe to say the match record is four.
Unfortunately, there was not much that the Cogs could do except for a tough fight and battle. In the end it was Minnesota that scored three sets first and got the game.
At one point during the match, Ryan had four kills in a row helping the Cogs to lead 6-2 and go up by four points (20-16) in the third set. This would be the only set the Cogs would win, and it was thanks to Ryan who also finished the set with a kill.
In the fourth set, this would be a challenge, however, Jansen had her best of seven kills in one set. Overall, Cougs only had a 0.22 hit percentage against the Golden Gophers.
The Cougs travel to Seattle to face Washington on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ranked UW, so this match has many implications for the Cougs. If you remember last year in the Apple Cup volleyball, the Cougs won one game in the 1940s.
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