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Huskies Host Crosstown Rivals In Home Opener

Sep 10, 2014

The Invitational In Seattle
Alaska Airlines Arena

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 pm vs. Seattle U.
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Friday, September 12, 1:00 pm vs. UC Davis
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Friday, September 12, 7:00 pm - UNLV
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SEATTLE - For the first time since the 2013 Final Four last December, the Husky volleyball team gets to play in front of its hometown fans, as fifth-ranked UW takes on Seattle U this Thursday, Sept. 11, at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies and Redhawks will co-host The Invitational In Seattle, beginning with the 7 p.m. match Thursday, and continuing with a pair of matches at each campus on Friday.

Friday the Huskies will play a double-header for the third time already this season, hosting UC Davis at 1 p.m. and then UNLV at 7 p.m. At Seattle U’s Connolly Center, the Redhawks will play UNLV at 1 p.m. on Friday and then play UC Davis on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be no TV for Washington’s matches this week but live streams will be available on GoHuskies.com.

This will be the first chance for fans to check out the new volleyball-only surface, a vinyl surface known as Taraflex, and some new players running around the court, as UW has had three true freshmen (Crissy Jones, Tia Scambray, Courtney Schwan) and three redshirt freshmen (Carly DeHoog, Jade Finau, Bailey Tanner) make their debuts this season.

Washington has gone 6-0 to start the season, winning the Northwest Challenge in Boise, Idaho and then taking the BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah last week, highlighted by a five-set thriller over the 10th-ranked Cougars. Senior Krista Vansant earned MVP honors at both tournaments, with Kaleigh Nelson, Tia Scambray, and Lianna Sybeldon picking up All-Tournament honors as well. The Huskies are currently leading the Pac-12 with a .359 attack percentage, a mark that ranks fourth nationally.

Seattle U is currently 2-4 on the season, with wins over Lafayette and UTEP. The Redhawks had a close loss to another Pac-12 foe, Oregon State, in its most recent match, and also has faced second-ranked Texas already this year. UC Davis began its season with four losses but won its last two matches against San Jose State and Portland in straight sets to improve to 2-4 in the first year of Dan Conners coaching tenure. The Rebels of UNLV are 6-2 and earned the team title at the Seton Hall Invitational last weekend, beating Cornell, Siena, and Seton Hall. Their two losses both came against Cal State Northridge. UNLV ranks third nationally with 3.28 blocks per set led by 1.66 from Bree Hammel.