Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
WASHINGTON STATE (15-5, 6-4 PAC-12)
at UTAH (12-9, 4-6 PAC-12) – Wed., Oct. 24; 6:00 p.m. PT
at COLORADO (12-9, 4-6 PAC-12) – Fri., Oct. 26; 6:00 p.m. PT
> Watch (at Utah) – Pac-12 Network
> Watch (at Colorado) – Pac-12 Networks (Mountain)
> Live Statistics – WSUCougars.com
- The Cougars enter this week after defeating No. 14 USC, and No. 20 UCLA at home over the weekend. The back-to-back wins over the LA schools were the first since 1997, and the 3-0 sweep over the Bruins was the first since 1996, and the first in WSU Volleyball history inside Bohler Gym.
- The victories over both the ranked Pac-12 opponents also kept the Cougars perfect home record in tact at 7-0 overall. WSU has not been defeated at home since Nov. 11, 2017 against Stanford as well.
WSU JUMPS UP FOUR SPOTS TO NO. 19 IN AVCA COACHES POLL
Washington State made the biggest leap in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, moving up four spots to number 19 in the nation in the week nine rankings. Fellow Pac-12 members that earned top 25 spots as well include; No. 2 Stanford (6 first place votes), No. 15 USC, No. 16 Oregon, No. 20 UCLA, No. 20 Washington, No. 23 Arizona, Utah (RV), and Colorado (RV).
WSU UP TO NO. 12 IN NCAA RPI RANKINGS
Washington State is currently slotted at number 12 overall in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, posting a 15-5 record, along with being 6-4 in the Pac-12 overall heading into late October. The Cougs currently have a home record of 7-0 as they prepare to head to Utah, and Colorado this week, both programs which are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. The Cougs also now have an overall record of 7-3 when facing nationally ranked opponents.
URIAS NAMED PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jocelyn Urias was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 15-Oct. 21 as announced by the Pac-12 Conference office Monday. The junior became the first Cougar to earn the award in 2018 and the first to earn the honor since Taylor Mims, Oct. 3, 2016. The weekly award was the first career Player of the Week honor for Urias as well. Over the weekend, she led Washington State to a pair of victories over No. 14 USC, and No. 20 UCLA inside Bohler Gym to see the Cougars remain a perfect 7-0 when playing at home in 2018. Jocelyn provided 13 kills Friday evening against the Trojans, while totaling 13.0 points, and hitting .286 overall. The five-set thriller featured Urias providing the match-winning kill in the final set for the 18-16 victory over USC. The Cougars continued to ride the momentum of that win into Sunday, where Jocelyn recorded a match-high 14 kills, and a career-high hitting percentage of .700 overall.