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Huskies Beat Ducks In Semis, Hawaii Takes Alki Title

Apr 17, 2022

SEATTLE – It was a great spring day at Alki Beach as the Husky Beach Volleyball team wrapped up the Husky Invitational with two hard-fought duals, the first one a 3-2 victory over Oregon that put the Huskies into the championship final. But 8th-ranked Hawaii earned a 4-1 win over the Dawgs to wrap up UW's one and only home weekend this season.
The results were reversals of Saturday's outcomes, showing the parity and competitiveness between the squads. The Huskies avenged yesterday's loss to Oregon, but could not replicate Saturday's big 3-2 upset of the Rainbow Wahine, which was UW's first top-10 win since 2017.
Still, first year head coach Derek Olson remains solely focused on the approach of his team, and not the score lines.
"Obviously our first match against Oregon (on Saturday) didn't go the way we wanted, but we're a team that's not really defined by our outcomes right now," said Olson. "We were more focused on our approach, and it wasn't good, so that was the challenge after that first Oregon match. Approaching with more intention and more effort and enthusiasm for the opportunity that we had.
"We responded really well. Obviously it rained on us against Hawaii, and we were unphased, and we knew that was an advantage to us. Then today they came out and they battled hard. Win or lose that's all I can ask for. We played great today."

Match 1 – Oregon Semifinal
The Huskies benefited from their more focused approach in the rematch with Oregon, getting wins on the top three courts where all three were losses on Saturday.
Oregon took the first match on court four over Hannah Yerex and Ashley Shook, but the Huskies tied it at No. 3 as Audra Wilmes and Olivia Mikkelsen got their second big win in a row together after clinching the Hawaii win on Saturday. They beat McClellan/Rothstein, 22-20, 21-18.
The other three matches went into third sets, but UW dominated the third sets on the top two courts to clinch. Paloma Bowman and Scarlett Dahl completed a 21-13, 19-21, 15-5 win over Laita/Wetton, and then Natalie Robinson and Chloe Loreen clinched it with a win where they rebounded from a 27-29 first set loss to beat Oregon's Nuneviler/Hope, 21-15, 15-6.
The final match went extra points in all three sets, but Oregon's Haden/Siegrist outlasted Kyra Petersen and Emma Calle, 23-21, 20-22, 16-14.

Match 2 – Hawaii Final
All five matches between the Huskies and 'Bows were decided in straight sets, but the story was much closer. UW scored first, as Bowman and Dahl completed a 4-1 weekend with a 21-16, 21-10 win over Hawaii's Penner/Widener.
Hawaii took the matches on three and four, 21-14, 21-13 on court three against Mikkelsen and Wilmes, and 21-15, 21-18 on four against Shook/Yerex.
The Huskies needed courts one and five to force third sets after both had close set one losses. Loreen and Robinson lost set one, 19-21, to Hawaii's Van Sickle/Glagau. The Dawgs had a couple set points with a 20-17 lead in set two, but Hawaii saved them and wound up pulling out a 24-22 set for the win.
Moments earlier, Petersen and Calle also fell just shy of extending to a third set on court five. They saved a couple match points but ultimately lost to Wagoner/Huddleston by a 21-18, 22-20 count.
Washington Beach Volleyball
Husky Invitational
April 17, 2022
Seattle, Wash. | Alki Beach
Washington – 3
Oregon – 2
1. Loreen/Robinson (UW) def. Nuneviller/Hope (Ore) – 27-29, 21-15, 15-6
2. Bowman/Dahl (UW) def. Laita/Wetton (Ore) – 21-13, 19-21, 15-5
3. Mikkelsen/Wilmes (UW) def. McClellan/Rothstein (Ore) – 22-20, 21-18
4. Tyus/Schroeder (Ore) def. Yerex/Shook (UW) – 21-13, 21-14
5. Haden/Siegrist (Ore) def. Calle/Petersen (UW) – 23-21, 20-22, 16-14
Order of finish: 4, 3, 2, 1, 5
Washington – 1
No. 8 Hawaii – 4
1. Van Sickle/Glagau (Haw) def. Loreen/Robinson (UW) – 21-19, 24-22
2. Bowman/Dahl (UW) def. Penner/Widener (Ore) – 21-16, 21-10
3. Loker/Santer (Haw) def. Mikkelsen/Wilmes (UW) – 21-14, 21-13
4. Maidment/Russo (Haw) def. Shook/Yerex (UW) – 21-15, 21-18
5. Wagoner/Huddleston (Haw) def. Petersen/Calle (UW) – 21-18, 22-20
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4, 5, 1