BOULDER, CO - Jan. 22, 2021: ...
BOULDER, CO – January 22, 2021: Colorado’s Elissa Alcantara hits against Oregon State’s Anastasija Sventnik in Pac-12 volleyball in Boulder on January 22, 2021. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

CU Buffs volleyball at No. 22 Washington State Cougars

GAME TIME: Thursday, 5 p.m., and Saturday, Noon MT, at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash.


RECORDS: Colorado 4-0 (4-0 Pac-12); Washington State 4-2 (4-2 Pac-12)

COACHES: Colorado – Jesse Mahoney, 5th season (73-57; 161-98 career); WSU – Jen Greeny, 10th season (159-142; 271-166 career).

KEY PLAYERS: Colorado – OH Elissa Alcantara, 6-2, So. (3.67 kills per set); S/LIB Brynna DeLuzio, 5-9, Jr. (3.6 digs per set); S Jenna Ewert, 5-10, Jr. (9.0 assists per set, 2.87 digs per set, 1.33 blocks per set); MB Rachael Fara, 6-3, Sr. (2.0 kills per set, 1.13 blocks per set); RS/MB Sterling Parker, 6-2, So. (2.47 kills per set). Washington State – OH Julianna Dalton, 6-5, Fr. (2.63 kills per set, 0.89 blocks per set); MB Magda Jehlarova, 6-3, So. (1.85 kills per set, 1.04 blocks per set); S Hannah Pukis, 5-11, So. (8.74 assists per set, 3.19 digs per set); OH Pia Timmer, 6-2, So. (2.96 kills per set, 2.59 digs per set); OH Kalyah Williams, 6-0, So. (1.85 kills per set, 1.11 blocks per set).

NOTES: CU is off to its best start in conference play since 1998, when it started 7-0 while in the Big 12. … Last weekend, the Buffs swept California, 3-2 and 3-0, in Boulder. … This will be the Buffs’ first road trip of the season. They were 3-10 on the road in 2019. … WSU is coming off a 3-1 loss at home on Saturday to No. 18 UCLA, but won three in a row before that, including a 3-2 win against UCLA on Feb. 4. … CU is 10-8 all-time against Washington State, including 3-5 in Pullman. The Buffs have lost four in a row and six of the last seven against the Cougars. … CU is just outside of the Top 25, ranking 28th with 38 points in the AVCA Coaches’ poll. Washington State moved up two spots this week to 22nd. … CU and No. 7 Utah (6-0) are the only undefeated teams in the  Pac-12. … In the Pac-12 preseason poll, Washington State was projected to finish sixth, with CU eighth. … Fara leads the Pac-12 with a .510 hitting percentage, and the Buffs are No. 1 as a team in that category, at .294. … WSU leads the Pac-12 in blocks per set (2.56), while CU is second (2.47). … In 2019, Jehlarova was the AVCA national freshman of the year and earned second team All-American honors. … Washington State has reached the NCAA Tournament the past four years. … The Cougars’ Julianna Dalton is a freshman from Chaparral High School in Parker.