After splitting their games in the desert last weekend, the Washington State University volleyball team returns home to Pullman for a weekend set of games against Oregon State (11-3, 3-1) and No. 15 Oregon (11-1, 4-0).
This is the third weekend of Pac-12 conference play for the young Cougar team and the second weekend the Cougs find themselves sitting at ninth place in the conference.
WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny is coming off her first conference win with the Cougs, having beaten Arizona State last Friday 3-2.
“It feels great, anytime you can pick up a win in this tough, tough conference it’s just great,” Greeny said in a press conference. “I’m just really proud of the way the players fought back after being down two games to none. They played with a lot of heart.”
A big presence for the Cougs this year has been the team's lone senior, Meagan Ganzer. Ganzer recorded 30 more kills in the match against Arizona State and is now first in the conference in kills per set (4.84) and points per set (5.35).
“Meagan is playing really well right now, and we need her (in order) to be able to pick up some wins,” Greeny said. “She just did a great job at ASU. Even though they were really keying on her, she was able to mix up her shots and do some different things that she hasn’t been doing in the past to get that big win.”
The team has played well this season so far, but Greeny said there is still much room for improvement.
“Defense and blocking,” Greeny said in a press conference. “A lot of these players are freshmen coming in or haven’t seen the kind of speed Pac-12 players put on the ball, and so I think digging is a huge thing for us right now. If we can dig some balls, we’re going to be successful.”
The Cougs (9-5, 1-3) take on Oregon State Friday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 15 Oregon on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Friday game will be broadcast live on ROOT Sports.