Huskies Look To Start New Streak Versus Arizona Schools
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL
SEATTLE -- Looking to start a new win streak, the 12th-ranked Huskies are home this weekend to take on Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. then Arizona on Sunday at 12 noon. In the month of November, five of UW's eight matches will be at home, as the Huskies look to stay in contention for a repeat Pac-12 title. Friday's match will be live stream only on GoHuskies.com, while Sunday will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.
The Huskies saw their nine-match win streak snapped last Sunday at UCLA, with the Bruins now one game ahead of Washington atop the Pac-12 standings, and Washington (16-4, 9-3 Pac-12) is one game ahead of Washington State and Utah. The Huskies dropped from eighth to No. 12 in the AVCA coaches poll this week, but moved up into the RPI top-20 for the first time, to No. 18.
After UW's loss, the Sun Devils now bring the longest current win streak in the Pac-12 to Seattle on Friday. Arizona State has won five in a row to go from 1-6 in conference to 6-6 and a strong contender for an NCAA tournament spot, and the Sun Devils are receiving votes in the top-25. Washington narrowly escaped with a win in Tempe in the first meeting, saving a match point before winning 17-15 in the fifth set. On its current win streak, ASU has beaten 14th-ranked UCLA, 18th-ranked Utah on the road, and 15th-ranked Stanford. Iman Isanovic is seventh in the Pac-12 with 3.79 kills per set while Claire Jeter is eighth in attack percentage at .354. Libero Annika Larson is seventh with 3.74 digs per set. In league play, ASU is second with 1.49 aces per set.
Arizona (14-9, 6-6 Pac-12) is also on a two-match win streak after also upsetting Stanford and beating Cal last week. Puk Stubbe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. She is hitting .299 with 3.18 kills per set in league play. Sofia Maldonado Diaz, the 2020-21 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is posting 3.55 kills per set in conference. Kamaile Hiapo is posting 3.95 digs per set to rank fifth and Zyonna Fellows is fifth with 1.20 blocks per set and is hitting .371. Washington won the first meeting in Tucson in a tough four sets.