Drechsel Powers Huskies To First Win
SEATTLE – The one advantage of back-to-back days against the same opponent was the Huskies were able to quickly put Friday's season-opening setback behind them. The Dawgs were sharper in all phases today and got their first win of the 2020-21 season, defeating Arizona State 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23 to split the opening weekend at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Senior Samantha Drechsel had a career night to lead the effort, as she tied her career-high with 21 kills and set a new career-high with 18 digs, adding two aces and three block assists for 24.5 points.
Head Coach Keegan Cook said he challenged Drechsel going into the match. "She had an ab injury during training camp that she's since recovered from, and I said if you can go, you've got to go, and we're going to lean on you in all six rotations. I think she said thanks for believing in me and off she went. It was an important moment for her to step up for her team," said Cook.
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Fellow senior Lauren Sanders was also outstanding with 12 kills on a .600 attack percentage and six blocks, and junior Claire Hoffman had 12 kills for the second-straight match and had nine digs. Marin Grote had eight kills and hit .389, including the final kill on match point at 24-23.
Shannon Crenshaw played libero all four sets tonight after playing one set at libero yesterday, and she had 20 digs, one off her career-high. Junior Ella May Powell had another double-double with 51 assists and 11 digs with one ace and three kills, and she set the Huskies to a .273 attack percentage. UW held Arizona State to a .201 percentage today after ASU had hit .339 on Friday.
"Certainly I'm not sure every team or every program can turn around from a match like yesterday and make the necessary changes in order to be successful in the back-to-back," said Cook. "That started last night with lots of work and a real quick morning, a quick practice and a couple film sessions. So to come out and do a much better job in all facets of the game says a lot about the kids and people behind the scenes."
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UP NEXT: Washington will take to the road for the first time next week, heading to Tucson for another back-to-back weekend. The Huskies and Arizona Wildcats will play on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Pacific and then again on Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m.
SET 1: Madi Endsley had the first kill for the Huskies on the second point, and Claire Hoffman had a couple early finishes. Powell fired an ace for a 6-5 lead, but then ASU responded with five straight points to force UW into a timeout at 6-10. Another ace straight to the back line extended the run out of the break. Drechsel snapped the run from the left with a swing off the defense and out. ASU led by six at 8-14 but Endsley sparked a run with a kill and then Drechsel served up an ace for 10-14. A Sanders kill and an ASU error got it back within two. Sanders roofed the Devils twice in a row to get UW back even at 15-all, then she killed a slide for 16-16. The teams traded points until ASU took a two-point lead at 20-22. Marin Grote got one back with a kill, but ASU earned two set points at 22-24. A long rally was ended by Sanders dropping one over for 23-24. Then Sanders and Hoffman teamed up for a rejection to tie it up and ASU took timeout. Out of the break, Emma Calle dialed up an ace to put the Dawgs up one, and the next Calle serve was overpassed and Sanders went up to hit it down for the win, 26-24, as UW finished on a 4-0 run.
Sanders was 5-for-6 without a miss in the set and Drechsel also had five kills as the Huskies outhit ASU, .262 to .135 to offset five service errors.
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SET 2: Drechsel had the first two UW kills in the second set but Arizona State grabbed the early lead, 2-6. Kills from Hoffman and Grote cut it to 7-9, and then Hoffman served an ace to get the Huskies within one, at 9-10. But then the wheels came off for a stretch, as ASU went on an 8-0 scoring run costing UW both its timeouts. Down 12-21, the Huskies didn't pack it in and play for the third, instead they scored three straight to make it 15-21 and force ASU's first timeout. Powell set Sanders and Hoffman for kills and then dumped one herself, and an ASU error made it 19-22 and prompted the second ASU timeout as the Huskies were on a 7-1 run. The Sun Devils got a side out, with Grote coming back with a kill for 20-23. But a service error got ASU to set point at 20-24. A triple block up front saved one, then Drechsel finished from the right to save a second. Hoffman then aced ASU to creep within one. But on the fourth chance, ASU killed a slide attack to win it, 23-25, just holding off what would have been an even more incredibly Husky comeback than in set one.
SET 3: Drechsel hammered from the right on the first point of the third set. A Powell dump tied it up at 4-4. Endsley and Sanders teamed up for a big rejection for 6-5, and Drechsel crushed from the back row for 8-6. Grote finished a quick set from Powell and then Grote and Drechsel teamed for a rejection on the right for a 12-7 lead. Endsley spun one into the middle of the court and ASU needed timeout at 15-9. Endsley then got a solo block on the left to push it to 18-10, and after another ASU timeout, Drechsel served an ace and Sanders dropped one over the block for a kill for 20-10. But much like the second set, it wouldn't be a cakewalk to the finish. Hoffman got the Huskies to set point at 24-16, but Arizona State saved five of them before Drechsel finally converted the sixth chance to end it, 25-21.
Drechsel had seven more kills in the third set and Powell dished out 13 assists.
SET 4: An ASU error and an Endsley kill made a quick 2-0 start. Hoffman started to heat up with a couple of kills and then she notched another ace for a 7-4 lead. Hoffman then had a big dig that led to an Endsley kill for 9-4. Drechsel's 20th kill ended a long rally and made it 11-5 Dawgs and ASU took time. The Sun Devils jumped right back with a 3-0 run before serving long for 12-8 and Sanders and Endsley then stuffed one to get back to a five-point lead. Two more Hoffman kills and an ace for Sanders made it 16-10 and ASU took its last timeout. Hoffman smartly wiped a tight set off the block to make it 18-11 Dawgs. But ASU then had a run of four of the next five points to pull within 19-15 and the Huskies called time. The Sun Devils had three more out of the break before Grote got a big kill to snap the run and make it 20-18. Powell then ran the slide for several huge kills to Sanders, who go the Huskies to match point at 24-22. Arizona State saved the first, but on the next point, Powell went to Grote on a slide and she put it away for the 25-23 win.
Hoffman had five kills in the set and Powell assisted 16 of the 17 kills as UW hit .260 in the frame compared to .244 for ASU.