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Huskies Open At Home Tuesday Against Seattle U

Sep 2, 2013

SEATTLE - The Huskies have reviewed their notes from opening weekend and are set to get right back to work on the court Tuesday night, with the 2013 home opener against Seattle U. Washington (3-0) and the Redhawks (2-1) renew their city rivalry at 7 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Huskies remain No. 5 in the AVCA rankings following an opening weekend that saw numerous upsets around the country. Washington avoided one in the finale of the Northwest Challenge, as Gonzaga fought back from two sets down to force a fifth set on Saturday, but UW responded with a convincing fifth set win.

Junior All-American Krista Vansant had an ankle injury in the fourth set of the match against Gonzaga, but barring any setbacks she is not expected to miss much time, and could play on Tuesday. If not, the Huskies should rest comfortably as they had several players post career-highs over the weekend. Junior Kaleigh Nelson had a career-high 18 kills against Gonzaga, while sophomore middle blockers Lianna Sybeldon and Melanie Wade also had career-bests with 13 and 11 kills, respectively.

"Just watching the film it was very evident what took place and what we need to correct," said Head Coach Jim McLaughlin. "The plan is just to prepare to do things at a higher level and have a higher understanding. I thought there were some good things in terms of the will and the fight we showed; to keep kicking and figure out a way to win it when we weren't playing our best."

Seattle U. got its season off to a great start with a win over Texas Tech at a tournament in Ogden, Utah hosted by Weber State. The Redhawks followed that with a loss against Weber State, then defeated UC Riverside to finish the weekend 2-1. Martina Samadan and Iris Ivanis, both from Croatia, were named to the All-Tournament Team.