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Huskies Look To Extend Winning Ways In Desert

Nov 5, 2013

#3 Washington at Arizona State • 11:00 a.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. • Wells Fargo Arena

#3 Washington at Arizona • 1:00 p.m. PT
Tucson, Ariz. • McKale Center
Live on the Pac-12 Network

SEATTLE - Just two road trips remain in the regular season for the third-ranked Husky volleyball team. This week presents another significant test for the Dawgs, as they play at Arizona State and Arizona on consecutive days this Saturday and Sunday. Washington, winners of nine in a row, maintains a one-game lead in the Pac-12 race but can expect the best shot from each team it faces over the final month of the regular season.

In a schedule quirk, the Sun Devils and Wildcats will both host Washington State during the week before the Huskies face either team. First up will be the Sun Devils in Tempe on Saturday, Nov. 9, with an 11:00 a.m. Pacific start time. Washington then heads to Tucson for a Sunday matinee against the Wildcats starting at 1:00 p.m. PST and airing live on the Pac-12 Networks.

Both the Sun Devils and Wildcats have postseason aspirations, and both are in the “receiving votes” category in the AVCA top-25. The two teams are responsible for springing two of the year’s big upsets. In the preseason, ASU defeated current No. 1-ranked Texas, and Arizona upset then-No. 1 USC in the McKale Center just a few weeks back. The Sun Devils (15-9, 4-8 Pac-12) just broke out of a slump last week with two big road wins at the Oregon schools. Arizona won at OSU last week but lost in five to the Ducks to bring the Wildcats’ record to 6-6 in league play, tied for sixth, and 16-8 overall. Washington won the first meeting against both teams this season, topping Arizona in four sets and Arizona State in three sets in Seattle.

Last week saw the Huskies take care of business at home to wrap up the season series against Utah and Colorado. On Friday, a hard-fought match went UW’s way in four sets over the Utes, despite getting outhit, .270 to .246. Krista Vansant had 22 kills and Kaleigh Nelson had a career-high 20. Sunday, Washington hit .299 to sweep the Buffs, not allowing Colorado to reach 20 points in any set, helped by a big eight aces. Improving to 11-1 in Pac-12 play, UW leads No. 4 USC by one game, and No. 6 Stanford by two games.