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Crenshaw, Bush Power Dawgs To Sweep At Cal

Nov 14, 2021

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Huskies showed their depth today on the road in Haas Pavilion, as Shannon Crenshaw tied her career-high with 13 kills in a 25-16, 26-16, 25-20 victory over the Bears. Washington won for the 13th time in its past 14 matches and got back into a first-place tie in the Pac-12 with UCLA, both teams now 13-3. The Huskies also reached the 20-win plateau for the 20th year in a row.
"We certainly approached the match with a variety of goals but probably the most important one was we didn't feel like we had represented ourselves the first time we played (Cal)," said Head Coach Keegan Cook. "That was one of our discussion points. Making sure that we were making the most of the opportunity. We expected there to be adversity and I liked the way our athletes responded at the end of that match."
Crenshaw saw her first significant action at outside hitter since prior to switching to the libero role during the first match of the 2020-21 spring season. It was her first match with more than three kills since she had eight kills at Oregon on Nov. 7, 2019. The fourth-year Florida native hit .370 today with 13 kills on 27 swings, matching her career-high set on Nov. 1, 2019.
"Shannon is tremendously disciplined and unconditionally committed to the team and has always been willing to do whatever we ask her to do," said Cook. "She's worked for it and is in the best shape of her career and she's been ready for a couple weeks to have that match today."

The Dawgs completed a season-sweep of the Bears and have now won 18 in a row in the series. The Huskies hit .337 today despite resting All-American Claire Hoffman, the team's kills leader this fall. The UW defense held Cal to a .099 attack percentage and just 26 kills, while the Dawgs had 47 kills. Lauren Bays had 12 digs and three aces as the Huskies had a 43-31 edge in digs, as well as a 7.0 to 3.0 lead in blocks and a 5-4 edge in aces.
Also helping pick up the slack today was freshman Emoni Bush, who tied her season and career-high with 12 kills on a .400 attack percentage. Sophie Summers also saw action in sets two and three and had five kills on eight swings without an error to hit .625.

Ella May Powell kept the Dawgs in rhythm no matter who was taking swings today, with 32 assists, while adding three kills of her own. Olivia Mikkelsen spelled Powell and had five assists and four digs.
The Huskies will now play three of their final four matches at home and can control their own destiny for winning at least a share of the Pac-12 title if they win out. The next match comes on Friday, Nov. 19, when the Huskies host Oregon State at 7 p.m.
Said Cook, "In August, you want to be in these positions in late November, so when they arrive you want to be present and go for it, so looking forward to our next match."