McPherson, Loreen Notch Two Wins But Huskies Fall
Edit: The story incorrectly had a 4-1 final for Hawaii over Washington when the final score was 3-2 and UW had a win at No. 3 that was originally given to UH.
By: Madison MacPhee
SEATTLE - To start off the third and final day at Alki Beach for the Husky Beach Volleyball team, the Dawgs faced 9th-ranked Arizona. They fell to the Wildcats 4-1 despite strong serving and scrappy defensive efforts. After the morning dual, they went up against Hawaii for a third and final time, and got one point closer to the Rainbow Wahine, but Hawaii still pulled out the final match, 3-2. Shayne McPherson and Chloe Loreen wrapped up a 6-1 weekend with two more wins today at No. 1.
UW was able to steal a match away from Arizona in the one spot where Shayne McPherson and Chloe Loreen won 21-17, 21-8.
In the third spot, the game went to three sets but Scarlett Dahl and Kyra Petersen couldn't win the last one, falling to Anselmo and Lowry of Arizona, 11-21, 21-8, 15-11.
Avie Niece and Natalie Robinson at No. 2 were in a tight race in the first set due to strong blocking efforts from Niece, however they couldn't finish it, losing 23-21. In the second set, serving errors for the Huskies helped the Wildcats finish it 21-15.
At the four spot, Arizona's strategic duo of Noble and Parker were too strong for Hannah Yerex and Ashley Shook to handle. The Wildcats won 21-12, 21-6.
To round out UW's dual with the Wildcats, Callie Weber and Cassidy Schilling lost a close first set 21-19 and again in the second, 21-12.
In the second dual of the day for UW, the Huskies went up against Hawaii for a third time in hopes of disrupting the dominant squad. McPherson and Loreen got a second-straight win over Hawaii's No. 1, and Scarlette Dahl and Kyra Petersen also improved to 2-1 against Hawaii with another win at No. 3, but Hawaii had wins at Nos. 2, 4, and 5.
It was another stellar performance from McPherson and Loreen, 21-18, 21-16. The win was emotional for McPherson, as it marks the end of the regular season of her senior year and last home game. McPherson is the winningest beach volleyball player in school history.
Dahl and Petersen wrapped up the match with a 21-19, 21-16 win over Hawaii's Kekauoha/Kruse at No. 3.
At No. 2, Niece and Robinson dropped the first set 21-13 to the Rainbow Wahine. In the second set, the Huskies allowed Hawaii to capitalize on some errors. The final score there was 21-10.
At the four seed, Shook and Yerex played scrappy defense, however Hawaii's aggressive serving prevented the Dawgs from getting into motion and running their offense effectively. They fell 21-14, 21-17.
Weber and Schilling put up a hard fight in set one at the five seed, but couldn't close it out. They lost 22-20. In the second set, they lost some momentum and fell 21-11 to close it out.
Although the Huskies finished their home tournament debut losing to both Arizona and Hawaii, there was major improvement throughout the weekend and individual match wins.
Next, the Huskies head to Los Angeles for the Pac-12 Championship Tournament.
Washington vs. No. 9 Arizona
Washington - 1
Arizona - 4
1. McPherson/Loreen (UW) def. Parkhurst/ Rennie(ARIZ)- 21-17, 21-8
2. Burling/Blacker (ARIZ) def. Niece/ Robinson (UW)- 23-21, 21-15
3. Anselmo/Lowry (ARIZ) def. Dahl/Petersen (UW)- 11-21, 21-8, 15-11
4. Noble/Parker (ARIZ) def. Yerex/ Shook (UW)- 21-12, 21-6
5. Shannon/Hallaran (ARIZ) def. Weber/Schilling (UW) 21-19, 21-12
Order of finish: 4,2 (first wave) 1, 5, 3 (second wave)
No. 15 Hawaii vs. No. 9 Arizona
Hawaii - 1
Arizona - 4
1. Parkhurst/ Rennie (ARIZ) def. Napoleon/ Santer (UH)- 21-19, 17-21, 16-14
2. Van Sickle/ Igiede (UH) def. Burling/Blacker (ARIZ)- 21-16, 18-21, 15-8
3. Anselmo/Lowry (ARIZ) def. Huddleston/ Glagau(UH)- 21-19, 21-16
4. Noble/Parker (ARIZ) def. Kekauoha/Hardisty(UH)- 23-21, 22-20
5. Shannon/Hallaran (ARIZ) def. Maidment/ Russo(UH)- 21-15, 20-22, 15-13
Order of finish: 4,2 (first wave) 3, 1, 5 (second wave)
Washington vs. No. 15 Hawaii
Washington - 2
Hawaii - 3
1. McPherson/ Loreen (UW) def. Napoleon/ Santer(UH) - 21-18, 21-16
2. Van Sickle/ Igiede (UH) def. Robinson/ Niece(UW)- 21-13, 21-10
3. Dahl/ Petersen(UW) def. Kekauoha/Kruse (UH) - 21-19, 21-16
4. Huddelston/Glagau (UH) def. Shook/ Yerex (UW) - 21-14, 21-17
5. Maidment/ Russo (UH) def. Weber/ Schilling(UW) - 22-20, 21-11
Order of finish: 4, 2 (first wave) 5, 1, 3 (second wave)