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Volleyball travels to the desert
Published 9/23/2011
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Pac-12 Conference play continues for the WSU volleyball team, who will travel to the desert this weekend to play Arizona (9-2, 1-1) and Arizona State (4-7, 0-2).

The Cougs (8-4, 0-2) opened Pac-12 play last weekend in Pullman with a pair of losses to UCLA and USC.

WSU will open the weekend with Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday. The Sun Devils, just like the Cougs, are looking for their first Pac-12 win this season.

“We’re really excited to be on the road,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said in a press conference. “It was a tough weekend, coming out with USC and UCLA. So we’re excited to go down to Tempe and Tuscon and hopefully get some wins. But they’re both very good teams, so we’re going to have to play well to win.”

The Cougs have been led on the court by lone senior Meagan Ganzer. Ganzer is currently third in the conference in kills per set with 4.81 kps and second in the conference in points per set with 5.37 pps.

Following Arizona State will be a game against Arizona Sunday at 1 p.m. Although Arizona is also unranked, they have been receiving votes in the polls of late and look to be another tough challenge for the young WSU squad.

Having the day off Saturday is a tool Greeny hopes the Cougs can use to their advantage.

“Any time you can have a little bit of extra recovery time, I think that’s going to help us,” Greeny said. “We can also prepare a little bit more for Arizona with that extra day of practice. That will be nice, especially with this young team.”

The Cougs have struggled this year on the defensive side, something Greeny believes needs to be improved upon if the team expects to leave the desert with some wins.

“Defensively, we really need to step up and be able to dig some balls and just be in the right position a little bit better” Greeny said.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the ASU game will only be available to listen to online. However, the Arizona game will be broadcast on the radio at 104.3 FM.

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