Huskies Hunt More Road Wins In Oregon
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL
SEATTLE -- The 10th-ranked Huskies put their four-match winning streak on the line this Thursday night against the 13th-ranked Ducks, as Washington (11-3, 4-2 Pac-12) goes out on the road for a second-straight week. After the mid-week visit to Eugene, the Huskies will have two days off before taking on Oregon State at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Thursday's showdown with the Ducks is set for 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks national channel, and Sunday will be on Pac-12 Networks Oregon, with first serve at 12 noon.
Oregon sits tied for first in the Pac-12 with a 5-1 mark while the Huskies come in tied for third at 4-2 with both teams eager to get an edge in the fourth week of the conference race. Oregon State just earned its first Pac-12 win in its last match with a sweep of California. The Huskies have won four in a row since losing two five setters in the first week of conference play. Two of those four wins have also been five setters, with a dramatic 17-15 win at Arizona State in UW's last match on Sunday, with two match points saved.
Washington is now hitting .270 on the season, which ranks second in the Pac-12, and .244 in Pac-12 play, ranking fifth. The Dawgs are second in blocks per set in conference play with 2.75, and fourth in aces with 1.50. Last week, Samantha Drechsel moved up to ninth in school history with 1,261 kills (she had 211 more as a freshman at Maryland) and Ella May Powell went to No. 8 in school history with 126 career aces. Lauren Sanders also continues to close in on 600 career blocks, now with 581.
The Ducks earned a 3-2 win at home over then-No. 17 Stanford last week as well as a 3-0 win over Cal. Oregon's only Pac-12 loss was a 3-1 defeat at Utah. The Ducks are hitting .263 on the year overall and .247 in league play. Oregon is leading the conference with 16.27 digs per set and also first with 2.79 blocks per set, though in Pac-12 play the Huskies are slightly out-blocking the Ducks at 2.75 to 2.63. Brooke Nuneviller is the reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and averages 3.49 kills per set, hitting .240, with 3.36 digs per set. Karson Bacon is second in the league with a .425 attack percentage, and Abby Hansen is second in the Pac with 1.37 blocks per set. Libero Georga Murphy is third with 4.66 digs per set as well. Last season the Huskies and Ducks played both matches in Eugene, with UW winning the first, 3-0, but Oregon coming back from 0-2 down to win the rematch, 3-2.
Oregon State got its first conference win over Cal and did it with a sweep that saw the Beavers hit .324. Kateryna Tkachenko had 16 kills and hit .583 in the win. That raised OSU's season attack average to .154. Oregon State was the last NCAA team to play a home match, as last weekend was OSU's first at home, making the Beavers 1-5 in Pac-12 play but 1-1 in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers are fifth in the conference with 13.83 digs per set and 11th with 1.99 blocks per set. Tkachenko is now 12th with a 3.43 kills per set average. Grace Massey is one of the league's best liberos with 4.47 digs per set. Maddie Goings also adds 2.97 kills per set. Washington had two wins over the Beavers in Seattle last season.