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Huskies Roll In NCAA Opener, Will Host Hawaii

Dec 3, 2021

SEATTLE – Washington Volleyball has been a part of twenty consecutive NCAA tournaments, and twenty times the Huskies have advanced at least to round two. That streak continued tonight as the 15th-seeded Huskies swept Ivy League champs Brown, 25-15, 25-13, 25-20, in front of 2,973 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena in the first round of the championships.
With the win, Washington (25-4) earned itself one more match at home, as the Huskies will take on Big West champs Hawaii in the NCAA round of 32 tomorrow night, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The winner will move on to face No. 2-seed Texas in Austin in the round of 16 next week.
The Pac-12 Champion Dawgs won for the 18th time in their past 19 matches today with contributions from up and down the bench. Nine Huskies had kills today, and all had at least two kills. Claire Hoffman led the way with nine, hitting .412, and Samantha Drechsel had seven kills in just two sets of action. Pac-12 Setter of the Year Ella May Powell had 30 assists and set the squad to a .323 attack percentage.

Freshman libero Lauren Bays had 14 digs and a season-high four aces, and Shannon Crenshaw also posted four aces, including two in a row to close out the match from 23-20 to 25-20. Powell involved her middles heavily tonight, as Lauren Sanders had five kills and hit .625, Marin Grote added six kills on a .600 percentage, and Sophie Summers had six kills, hitting .444.
"Congratulations to Brown, no secret as to why they were Ivy League Champions. Just an impressive young team that has some good years to come," said Head Coach Keegan Cook. "Glad that we're able to play again and have one more chance to play in front of our home crowd tomorrow against a really tenacious Hawaii team, so looking forward to seeing my group out there."

Powell was grateful to be back in front of her home fans in a tournament atmosphere, and to have another chance on Saturday.
"After last year just having the whole tournament in one place, it was really important for us to be back here in front of Husky Nation," Powell said. "I can't say it enough how big of a deal our fans are for us. Just playing in this gym, it's the most enjoyable thing about what we do, and I am just so thankful to be back here."
UP NEXT: The Huskies will face the Rainbow Wahine for the fourth time in NCAA tournament play dating back to 2010. Hawaii won a five set battle against Mississippi State in the day's first match. First serve is 7 p.m. and the match will stream live again via ESPN+