2013 Preview: Washington volleyball
The Huskies saw their 11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance last season, advancing to the round of 16 after opening the year with a 16-game win streak that saw seven straight victories over Pac-12 opponents. This year's Washington squad loses four letterwinners but returns eight, including four of the top five scorers, and aims to make a deeper run into the NCAA Tournament.
» OH Krista Vansant returns for her junior campaign after anchoring the Huskies in scoring for the past two seasons. In 2012, Vansant finished fifth in the Conference in kills (419) and points per set (4.64). Her sophomore year was littered with honors as she was named a second team AVCA All-American and first team All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region.
» Adding to UW's attack is SR OH Kylin Muñoz, who recorded 268 kills and 378.0 points of her own. She was the only Husky to play in every set for Washington, and also garnered an All-Pac-12 honorable mention nod. Muñoz joins fellow SR Gabbi Parker at the outside hitting position, two of four seniors on the roster.
» Defensively, Washington led the Conference in blocks, recording 3.36 blocks per set on the heels of Muñoz and then-senior Amanda Gil. The duo teamed up to record 341 total blocks, the most by any two top blockers for a team in the Pac-12. The Huskies were also first in service aces for the second consecutive season, with Muñoz contributing 37 aces to the team's 177 total.
» Blocking leader Amanda Gil will be missed at the net, and Muñoz will pair up with SO MB Melanie Wade. Wade missed the preseason last year due to injury but came back to play in 54 sets at the end of the year and looks to return for a full sophomore season.
» The Huskies have a shorter preseason schedule than normal, with only one tournament scheduled but scattered single-game contests, including two exhibition matches against the Canadian National Team during a 10-day break between regular-season matches against Seattle and Illinois. With fewer matches to prepare for the conference opener, which UW opens with a four-game road trip, Washington will have a steeper learning curve heading into Pac-12 play.