No. 13 Dawgs Home Again For UCLA And USC
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THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL
SEATTLE -- Two home matches against the L.A. schools gives the 13th-ranked Husky volleyball team an opportunity to get back into the win column this Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Washington had a tough first week of conference play, getting the short end of two-straight five setters, so the Huskies will look to break through against 15th-ranked UCLA on Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. and against USC on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. Both matches will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
After winning six five set matches in a row dating back to last spring, the Huskies were edged out by 15th-ranked Utah and Washington State last week. The WSU match featured an historic win, unfortunately followed by a loss in the end, as the Huskies tied the NCAA record for the longest set in the 25-point scoring era, winning the fourth set 46-44 and saving 12 match points to force the fifth. But the Huskies were outhit in both matches and will look to get the offense clicking again this week.
UCLA got off to a 2-0 start in conference play and moved up to 15th in the coaches poll this week with a 9-1 overall record. The Bruins defeated USC in four sets in their Pac-12 opener, and then rallied from 0-2 down on the road at Stanford to beat the Cardinal in five. UCLA's only loss this season was in five sets at San Diego. Charitie Luper won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this week for the second time. She is averaging 3.35 kills per set and hitting .306. Former Pac-12 Player of the Year Mac May leads the Bruins with 3.95 kills per set. Zoe Fleck was the Pac-12 Libero of the Year last season and she leads the defense with 4.03 digs per set. The Huskies split two matches with UCLA last year, both in Los Angeles.
USC dropped its first Pac-12 match to UCLA but then had a 3-1 win over California to improve to 1-1 and 5-6 on the season. USC is hitting .226 as a team. Senior Brooke Botkin is averaging 4.07 kills per set, hitting .247, and Emilia Weske also adds 3.18 kills per set, hitting .247 as well. Former UCLA middle blocker Sabrina Smith is hitting .307 with 1.38 kills per set. Raquel Lazaro is setting 7.92 assists per set and serving tough with 0.38 aces per set. Shannon Scully is posting 3.81 digs per set. The Huskies won both meetings over USC last year, both coming in Seattle.