Volleyball in Southern California for weekend

SAM HEIKELL | Evergreen reporter

WSU volleyball (12-2) is preparing to compete against No. 20 University of Southern California (10-3) on Saturday. This will be the second game of the Cougars’ three-game road trip.

WSU recently earned a 3-1 win against Arizona, in which junior outside hitter Taylor Mims statistically played one of her best games this season. She tallied 16 kills, eight digs and three aces on the night.

“I’m definitely happy with the win, but again, I don’t think we are as consistent as we need to be,” Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “There are a lot of streaks that seem to be happening and are either good for us or not so good for us. We need to clean that up if we expect to win more matches in the Pac-12.”

Trojan volleyball is looking for its fourth win in row, coming off a 3-1 victory against Oregon State. They had three players reach double digits in kills, headed by sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier. She totaled 20 kills by herself.

Junior libero Victoria Garrick and senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie won Pac-12 defensive and offensive players of the week honors. Abercrombie featured four kills per set and 37 points on the week, while Garrick averaged 4.73 digs per set on the defensive end.

“Any team in the Pac-12 is going to have a lot of weapons and we have to be more consistent,” Greeny said. “I think we can be a lot more disciplined and a lot better with our block defensively.”

The Cougs prevailed in last year’s matchup against USC, winning 3-2. Junior outside hitter McKenna Woodford finished with 14 kills and four blocks.

The 1 p.m. Saturday match will be held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.