The WSU volleyball team continued their slide this weekend with their seventh and eighth consecutive conference losses of the season to No. 5 Oregon on Friday and Oregon State on Sunday.
WSU (10-10) is still looking for their first conference win of the 2012 season after wrapping up their non-conference schedule, sitting at 10-2 overall.
The Ducks swept the Cougars with set scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-12, in large part due to their ability to out-hit WSU .411 to .245.
Rachel Todorovich led the way for the Cougars with 15 kills, while Jaicee Harris contributed 10 kills and 12 digs.
Oregon found their leaders in Alaina Bergsma and Liz Brenner, who combined for 23 kills. Bergsma brought in four blocks.
"I thought we did some good things tonight," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said in a press release. "Jaicee and Rachel were doing really well early and I thought our middles were doing a good job offensively. But then we had a passing breakdown where we let them run off four or five points in a row.”
WSU has struggled recently with closing sets, gaining leads and then allowing those leads to slip away with long runs from opponents.
“We have to get better at not letting teams go on those runs because that absolutely killed us the last couple of matches," Greeny said in a press release.
Again letting a lead slip, this time in the third set, WSU dropped their Sunday match against Oregon State 3-1 with set scores of 20-25, 25-23, 25-27 and 17-25.
The Cougars had leads of 17-12 and 24-21 before eventually falling, letting the match-controlling set slip away.
"The third set was really frustrating, and we've seen it time and time again where we're up and it's there for our taking and for whatever reason we are not aggressive and going to get the win," Greeny said in a press release.
Harris carried the offense for WSU with 15 kills and a career-high 17 digs while Marcelina Glab added 11 digs and five blocks of her own, and Todorovich recorded 11 digs and four blocks.
The Beavers out-hit the Cougars .251 to .195 in the match, and also out-blocked WSU 14 to seven.
Following the two-week road stint, WSU will return to Bohler Gym this weekend, taking on California on Friday at 6 p.m. and Stanford on Sunday at 11 a.m.