PULLMAN, Wash. — Seventh-ranked Washington State volleyball (10-1) gets set to host its 2023 Pac-12 opener Thursday night in Bohler Gym against Apple Cup Rival Washington (RV) (9-2). Thursday’s Apple Cup will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network beginning at 7 p.m. PST.
The Cougars have won five straight matches against Washington in Bohler Gym as they get set to face-off against the Huskies as the higher ranked team for the first time since 2002.
WSU Match Notes (PDF)
>> VS: Washington (RV) (9-2, 0-0 Pac-12)
>> DATE: Thurs., Sept. 21 // First serve: 7:05 p.m. (PST)
>> LOCATION: Pullman, Wash. // Bohler Gym
>> TV: Pac-12 Network // PxP: Greg Heister
>> OPP STREAK: Won 1
>> OPP LAST THREE: W 3-2 at Cal Poly // L 0-3 vs Pepperdine // W 3-0 vs Saint Mary’s
>> Overall: Washington leads 55-20
>> In Pullman: Washington leads 22-14
>> In Seattle: Washington leads 30-6
>> Neutral: Washington leads 3-0
>> Now in its 38th year of existence, Washington and Washington State get set to renew their rivalry in the 76th edition of the volleyball Apple Cup Thursday night in Bohler Gym.
>> Thursday’s matchup will be the first under coach Greeny in which Washington State carries the higher national ranking, coming in at No. 7 in this week’s AVCA Top-25.
>> The last time Washington State was ranked higher in a matchup with Washington was back in 2002 when 17th-ranked WSU defeated 21st-ranked UW. An unranked UW side had defeated No. 16 Washington State earlier that season.
>> The Cougars have won five of the last seven matchups overall, capped by a 3-0 win in Bohler Gym to cap off the 2022 season last fall.
>> Washington State has won the last five meetings in Bohler Gym, with its last home loss to the Huskies coming in four sets back in 2017.
>> Washington State set a Bohler Gym attendance record (3,005) in last season’s sweep over the Huskies.
>> Four of the past eight matchups between the two sides have gone the distance including a five-set win for Washington State in 2021 that also featured the longest set (46-44) in NCAA volleyball history.
>> Magda Jehlářová was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 2.13 blocks/set with 1.88 kills/set in the Cougars’ two road wins last week.
>> Jehlářová tallied nine blocks to go along with 12 kills in last…