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Trojans In Town As Huskies Start Homestand

Mar 10, 2021

Weekly Notes

THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL

FRIDAY, MARCH 12
#8 Washington hosts USC • 6 pm
Alaska Airlines Arena
Live stream on GoHuskies.com | Live Stats

SUNDAY, MARCH 14
#8 Washington hosts USC • 1 pm
Alaska Airlines Arena
Live stream on GoHuskies.com | Live Stats

SEATTLE - After playing six of its past eight on the road, eighth-ranked Washington Volleyball heads into a home stretch, with five of the next six contests in Alaska Airlines Arena. The run begins this Friday and Sunday with USC coming in for a pair, both of which will be streamed live on GoHuskies.com. Friday evening's match will get underway at 6 p.m. with the Sunday first serve at 1 p.m.

For the first time all season, the Huskies are looking to get back in the win column after suffering their first defeat in the second match of a series on Sunday at Oregon. Washington swept the first match against the Ducks but for the first time since 2011, the Huskies were unable to finish out a 2-0 lead in the rematch on Sunday. Washington had been 6-0 in the second matches this year. Since UW's last loss of a 2-0 lead, the Huskies had come back from 0-2 down to win on seven occasions.

Five teams have separated themselves at the top of the Pac-12 in an increasingly convoluted race for the title, as teams have played unequal numbers of matches, and the canceled matches will not be made up. Washington, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State are the only four teams that have played all 14 possible matches thus far. At 11-3 the Huskies have the most wins of any Pac-12 team, but Utah at 10-2 and Washington State at 8-2 now have higher winning percentages.

The Trojans have only played eight matches thus far, having had to cancel each of the past two weeks due to Covid-19 protocols. USC is 3-5 with two wins over Cal and one over Oregon State, but the Trojans also pushed a ranked Oregon team to five sets twice, and went five sets in a loss against then-No. 7 Utah. USC ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with a .203 attack percentage, allowing a .201 mark. Brooke Botkin has led the USC attack with 3.48 kills per set. Aleksandra Gryka is hitting .366 this season with 1.89 kills per set and Raquel Lazaro is running the offense with 8.97 assists per set while serving 0.37 aces per set. The Huskies are looking to snap USC's two-match win streak in Seattle.