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Washington State Downs Liberty, 3-0

September 14, 2019  Pullman, Wash.  RSS
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Hannah Morris dished out 32 assists and added three blocks at Washington State.

Hannah Morris dished out 32 assists and added three blocks at Washington State.

The host Washington State Cougars swept the Liberty Lady Flames (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) in the final match of the Cougar Challenge, Saturday at Bohler Gym.

Washington State (8-1), receiving votes in the latest AVCA National Top 25, won the tournament title by sweeping Liberty, UT Arlington and Idaho State. The Lady Flames (5-4) went 1-2 while out in Pullman this weekend.

For their efforts, Liberty's Anna Gragg and Amelia Johnson were named to the Cougar Challenge All-Tournament Team.

Notable Numbers
• For the match, the Cougars outhit the Lady Flames .277-.200. WSU also led in blocks (11-5), aces (6-1) and digs (44-41).

• Pia Timmer scored nine kills to lead the Cougars, while Magda Jehlarova hit .667 with eight kills and also posted a match-high seven blocks. Hannah Pukis registered 26 assists and 10 digs.

• Liberty's Amelia Johnson scored a match-high 11 kills to go along with nine digs, leading the Lady Flames in kills for the seventh straight match. Casey Goodwin sent down 10 kills, while Hannah Morris dished out a match-high 32 assists. Macy Phillips collected 10 digs.

Head Coach Trevor Johnson
"To hit .367 in the opening set against a Sweet 16 opponent was really good! We didn't win the serve and pass game, and that was the difference in the match. Washington State is a good team, and they didn't make a lot of errors."

Match Summary

• Both teams hit for high percentage in the first set, as WSU outhit Liberty .609-.377. The Cougars took set one by a 25-18 score.

• Timmer scored six kills on nine attempts for WSU, while Goodwin scored five kills for the Lady Flames.

• Washington State hit .250 during the second set compared to .174 for Liberty as the Cougars won set two 25-19.

• Neither team found their stride on offense in set three, as the Lady Flames outhit the Cougars .088-.065 while both teams posted four blocks.

• Trailing 19-14, Liberty went on a six point run to go ahead 20-19. WSU outscored Liberty 6-1 down the stretch, completing the sweep with a 25-21 set-three victory.

Quick Hits
• Tonight was Liberty's first match against a Pac-12 opponent since taking on Oregon on Aug. 31, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Bohler Gym is the first Pac-12 arena that Liberty has played in for volleyball.

• Washington State is Liberty's third opponent so far this season who finished the 2018 season in the Top 25 in RPI (also Texas State and UNI). Liberty's next opponent, Florida, is ranked 11th in this week's AVCA National Top 25 Poll.

Up Next
The Lady Flames next compete in the Gator Classic, hosted by Florida in Gainesville, Fla., next Friday and Saturday. Liberty opens the invitational on Friday at noon against the host Gators. Liberty junior Macy Phillips will be facing her former team, as she played at Florida in 2017 and 2018.