The WSU volleyball team suffered two sweeps to No. 4 UCLA and No. 3 USC over the weekend, dropping the Cougs season record to 10-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
The Cougs opened the weekend taking on the second top-ranked opponent they’ve faced in three games, No. 4 UCLA, on Friday. The defending national champion Bruins took the match with set scores of 25-17, 25-13 and 25-15.
"UCLA is a very good team with a ton of experience," WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said in a press release. “I thought we did a few things well, but we definitely need to come out with all cylinders when we face these top-ranked teams.”
Tabi Love and Rachel Kidder led the Bruins, totaling 28 kills together while hitting .526 and .429, respectively.
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WSU’s Jaicee Harris led the team offensively in kills, tallying 11 in the match. Rachel Todorovich contributed seven kills in the loss.
Camryn Irwin threw up 23 assists in the match while Kate Sommer contributed 12 digs and Marcelina Glab recorded two blocks. UCLA out-hit WSU .468 to .134.
After taking the day off Saturday, the Cougs returned to the court Sunday to take on the third top-five ranked foe they’ve faced in four conference matches, No. 3 USC.
The Trojans bounced back after losing their first two conference matches by sweeping the Cougs with set scores of 26-24, 25-18 and 25-20.
Todorovich led the Cougs in kills with nine, Harris recorded eight of her own and Glab and Ver’Leea Hardaway both tallied seven kills.
On the defensive side for WSU, Irwin tossed up 27 assists while Sommer contributed 12 digs.
"I thought our blocking was okay and we were able to adjust to the block, so that was exciting, and I thought Ver'Leea Hardaway did a great job putting the ball away," Greeny said. "Our passing needs to improve. We have to be able to run our middles and our right side attack, and when our passing breaks down we're not able to do that."
The Cougs and Trojans both threw up 11 blocks in the match while USC out-hit WSU .222 to .100.
Next up for WSU is a two-week road trip that begins with matches against Colorado and Utah on Oct. 5 and 6. The match against Colorado will air on Pac-12 networks at 5:30 p.m.