Huskies Face Nation's Top Two At Pac-12 North Invite
Pac-12 North Invitational
April 10-11 | Phoenix, Ariz.
SEATTLE - From here on out it's all dual play for the Dawgs. After wrapping up a second weekend of pairs tourney competition, Washington Beach Volleyball is back in Arizona for another week of Pac-12 competition this Saturday and Sunday. While in Phoenix this weekend, the Huskies will battle with the top two ranked teams in the nation, USC and UCLA, and then face both Arizona schools as well.
The Pac-12 North Invitational is a bit of a misnomer this year, but it was moved to Phoenix after Stanford was unable to follow through on hosting duties, and the name stayed put. Arizona State serves as the host and the tourney is being held at Grand Canyon University's courts.
The Huskies (1-3) open up at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday against the 2nd-ranked team in the AVCA poll, USC. The Trojans are 14-2, having just split four matches last week, going 1-1 against No. 3 Florida State, and 1-1 against No. 4 LSU. Despite being ranked behind them, USC did hand UCLA its only loss thus far, 5-0, back on Mar. 4.
It doesn't get much easier in the second match on Saturday, as Arizona is ranked 12th. First serve for that match is 4:30 p.m. Pacific. The Wildcats are 13-3, their only losses coming to No. 6 Cal Poly, No. 7 Stanford, and No. 9 Grand Canyon.
Washington opens up Sunday's slate against top-ranked UCLA. The Bruins are 15-1, the only loss coming early to USC, and last week whereas the Trojans were 2-2 against the top-five Seminoles and Tigers, UCLA went 4-0 against those squads.
The Dawgs wrap things up with a rematch against the Sun Devils (4-7) at 12:45 p.m. Arizona State had a 4-1 win over the Huskies in UW's first match of the season. Shayne McPherson and Chloe Loreen won at No. 2 against ASU, and two more matches went to third sets, so the Huskies will gauge their improvement over the past couple weeks in the second go-round.