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Huskies Hit L.A. For Start Of Pac-12 Second Half

Oct 27, 2021

THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
#8 Washington at USC • 8:00 pm
Los Angeles • Galen Center
Live on Pac-12 Networks National | Live Stats

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31
#8 Washington at #16 UCLA • 4:00 pm
Los Angeles • Pauley Pavilion
Live on ESPNU | Live Stats

SEATTLE -- Eighth-ranked Washington Volleyball visits Los Angeles this week looking to extend its winnings ways against two more teams at the top of the Pac-12 conference race. The Huskies (15-3, 8-2 Pac-12) start the second half of conference play at USC (10-9, 6-4 Pac-12) on Friday, Oct. 29, in a match shown on Pac-12 Networks at 8 p.m. Then on Halloween the Huskies visit 16th-ranked UCLA which enters the week tied for first with the Dawgs at 8-2 and 15-3 overall. The match with the Bruins will be televised on ESPNU at 4 p.m.

Washington has won its last eight matches to start the second half of Pac-12 play tied with UCLA for first, one game ahead of Stanford and Washington State, and two ahead of USC, Oregon, and Utah. Since falling behind 0-2 on the road at Oregon, the Huskies have won 12 of their past 13 sets. In a win Sunday over Stanford, Washington's defense was just as crucial as its offense, as the Huskies outdug (43-28) and outblocked (12.0 - 7.0) the Cardinal. This season, when UW outdigs its opponent, the Huskies are 8-0, and they are 11-1 when leading in blocks.

USC went 6-4 in the first half of league play, and had won four straight before Oregon came back from down 0-2 to defeat the Trojans on Sunday. Washington had a 3-1 win in Seattle in the first meeting, but this is UW's first trip to the Galen Center since 2019. USC is hitting .232 on the year and .222 in conference. Brooke Botkin leads the offense with 3.67 kills per set and Emilia Weske adds 2.98. Candice Denny is hitting .350 with 1.82 kills per set and Tyra Ariail is at 1.84 kills/set hitting .378. Raquel Lazaro is one of hte top servers with 24 aces this year. Shannon Scully is posting 3.55 digs per set.

Washington's win streak started with a dramatic 0-2 comeback win against the Bruins in Seattle on Oct. 1. Mac May and Claire Hoffman matched each other with 20 kills in that match. In Pac-12 play, UCLA is hitting .266 to rank third. The Bruins are fourth in digs with 14.74 per set, fifth in aces at 1.38, and eighth in blocks at 2.18. The 2019 Pac-12 Player of the Year, May leads the Pac-12 in conference with 4.97 kills per set on a .267 percentage. But right behind her is Charitie Luper, a freshman, with 4.14 kills per set to rank fourth, with a .312 percentage. Shelby Martin is second with 10.92 assists per set and Zoe Fleck is one of the nation's top liberos with 4.13 digs per set in Pac-12 play. UCLA and UW split two matches in Pauley last season