Leaders Of The Pac Clash In Eugene
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL
SEATTLE - For the second week in a row, the Huskies are fighting for the top spot in the Pac-12. Last week Washington was able to close ground and take over first-place from Utah, but this week the seventh-ranked Huskies (10-2 Pac-12) will try to fend off a challenge from 20th-ranked Oregon (8-2 Pac-12). Oregon hosts the Dawgs this Friday and Sunday, both matches starting at 1 p.m., at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon will be providing a live video stream for each match.
The season has now rounded the turn and entered the second half, with 12 matches complete for the Huskies and 10 remaining. Five teams have separated themselves in the league. Four teams now have two losses: the Huskies with 10 wins, and the Ducks, Utes and Cougars all with 8 wins. UCLA is lurking right behind at 9-3 in fifth-place. Washington and Oregon will put dueling winning streaks on the line on Friday, as the Huskies have won five in a row while Oregon has won seven in a row.
The Dawgs are coming off two big home wins over Utah, as Washington knocked the Utes from the ranks of the undefeated. Ella May Powell averaged 12.00 assists per set for the week while Marin Grote won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week with 2.57 kills per set at a .593 percentage with 1.71 blocks per set. Madi Endsley earned a second Freshman of the Week honor with 3.29 kills per set and 0.86 blocks per set.
Oregon had two wins at home last week against Colorado, losing just one set on the week. Oregon ranks second in the Pac-12 in opponent attack percentage, holding teams to .161 while ranking fifth with a .231 attack percentage. Oregon leads the league with 15.92 digs per set as outside hitter Brooke Nuneviller ranks fourth with 3.87 digs per set and libero Georgia Murphy is ninth with 3.23 digs per set. Karson Bacon is fourth in the Pac-12 with a .359 attack percentage, and Abby Hansen leads the Pac-12 with 1.33 blocks per set. Nuneviller is the top scorer with 3.03 kills per set.