WSU jumped out in front, 7-3, early in set five and never looked back, finishing off the Trojans in a 15-11 fifth set to avenge a 3-2 loss in Los Angeles back in October. With the win, head coach Jen Greeny becomes the second coach in Cougar volleyball history to reach three-straight 20-win seasons, joining her former coach, Cindy Frederick, who accomplished the feat twice during her tenure.
Down two sets, Washington State came out on fire in the third set with a 6-1 run to start, capped off by a block assist from Argentina Ung and Magda Jehlarova. Washington State later went on a 3-1 run capped by a kill from Argentina Ung to force a Trojans’ timeout at 18-13. WSU would go on to win six of the final seven points to pick up the third-set win.
Iman Isanovic tallied her 18th and 19th kills of the match, respectively, to force a USC timeout with a 22-21 Cougar lead late in the fourth set. Karly Basham had a huge dig to keep an attack from Skyler Fields in play, and Isanovic tallied kill No. 21 to send Bohler Gym into a frenzy after 27-25 fourth set win for the Cougs.
The Cougars will wrap up the 2023 Pac-12 season with a stretch of four matches in seven days, beginning with their final road trip of the season which starts at Colorado on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Insider. The Cougs will then head across to the Rockies to take on Utah on Sunday, Nov. 19, beginning at 11 a.m., on Pac-12 Mountain.
Washington State will return to Bohler Gym for its home finale on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at noon, on Pac-12 Network, before heading to Seattle to close out the regular season against Washington on Friday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Washington.
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