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Huskies Ace First Oregon State Test

Feb 4, 2021

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SEATTLE – Head Coach Keegan Cook said he wanted to see the rest of the Husky service rotation stabilize before he let freshman outside hitter Madi Endsley come in and hit her serve. Endsley got that chance tonight against Oregon State, and she responded by ripping five aces, part of Washington's huge serving night of 16 aces that led to a 25-17, 25-10, 26-28, 25-14 victory.
The Huskies improved to 4-1 with the win, where they easily controlled three of the four sets despite letting a chance at the sweep get away. Matching Endsley in the ace department was Ella May Powell, as the junior setter also had five aces, the second time this season she's fired five in a match. Samantha Drechsel served up three, Claire Hoffman added a pair, and Maria Bogomolova in her season debut notched one more.

The 16 aces were the most for the Huskies since a 2001 match against Purdue, and just two shy of the school record of 18 set all the way back in 1993.

Washington's block also frustrated Oregon State (1-4) tonight as the Huskies blocked 12, led by seven blocks from Lauren Sanders and four each from Drechsel and Grote. UW held Oregon State to just .061 attacking, while UW hit .275 for the match.
"We were closer to the identity we want to have in serving and blocking tonight," said Cook. "I liked that Madi was disciplined trying to hit her serve repeatedly at the right speed and the right spots. She spent a lot of time with us trying to channel the right mindset to be successful. As the rest of the team's improved from the service line it's created the opportunity for her to go back and let it fly."
Hoffman paced the Huskies with 13 kills while Endsley and Drechsel each had 11. Marin Grote was efficient with six kills on nine swings to hit .556 with four blocks. Libero Shannon Crenshaw dug 11 and Emma Calle had a strong match in the back row with seven digs, many of the acrobatic variety.

UP NEXT: Washington and Oregon State will get a day of rest and then line it up again this Saturday with a start time of 3 p.m.