Huskies Start Weekend With Sweep Of Hawkeyes
BOULDER, Colo. – Washington Volleyball collected its first sweep of the season to start off the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge today in the Rockies, handling the Iowa Hawkeyes, 25-15, 25-21, 25-19, at the CU Events Center. The Dawgs hit a rock solid .340 and held Iowa to a .187 mark.
Claire Hoffman led the team with 13 kills, Madi Endsley added 10, and middle blockers Sophie Summers and Marin Grote had seven apiece. Washington (2-1) got a big effort from senior Shannon Crenshaw, who moved into the starting right side role today for the first time and had a team-high 15 digs, plus six kills on a .308 attack percentage, and three blocks.
"Being flexible and being composed and poised is part of who Shannon is and we've asked her to play every position and she always finds a way to contribute," said Head Coach Keegan Cook. "In the opposite role I thought she was outstanding as an attacker, a receiver, and a defender. She affected the game in every facet."
"We had some complications this week but found a way to get better and be comfortable and make progress despite the fact that we had to make some adjustments. Our sideout percentage was pretty elite. I believe we can become an elite defensive team and we're seeing signs of it. We wanted to see some growth there and I think we did today."
The Huskies sided out at 93-percent in the first set, and 80-percent in sets two and three. Ella May Powell had 37 assists, eight digs, and three kills on four attempts while Lauren Bays added 14 digs and six assists.
Redshirt freshmen Molly Wilson and Audra Wilmes both made their Husky debuts today. Wilson served 11 times and had one dig, and Wilmes had one dig in set three.
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UP NEXT: Tomorrow the Huskies will take on their first ranked opponent of the season, going against 19th-ranked Illinois at 10 a.m. Pacific time live on Pac-12 Insider.
SET ONE: Consecutive kills by Crenshaw in set one helped UW out to a 6-3 advantage. Lauren Bays served up an ace for 8-4, and then back-to-back Hoffman kills, set by Powell, pushed the lead to 11-5. A block thrown up by Grote and Endsley made it 13-6 and Iowa took time. Crenshaw and Summers met for another stuff for 18-9. Endsley put one down to reach set point at 24-14, and on the second chance, Summers hit down the Powell set for the 25-15 win. Five Huskies had multiple kills in the set as Powell had 12 assists and UW hit .343.
SET TWO: A block from Summers and Powell got the Huskies the early 4-2 lead in the second, and then Endsley had two straight kills for a 6-3 lead. Powell dumped one down for an 11-8 lead, and Summers added two more kills for 13-10. But Iowa collected two aces in a row to get back even at 13-all. After a Husky timeout, UW forced a couple Iowa errors and then had a Grote slide finish for 18-15 to force a Hawkeyes timeout. The teams traded sideouts all the way to 23-20 when Iowa misfired for set point at 24-20. Iowa saved one set point but Hoffman put one down inside the block to end it, 25-21. UW hit a stellar .472 with 19 kills and just two errors on 36 swings as Powell had 15 more assists. Hoffman had five kills on 10 swings and Summers killed all four of her attempts.
SET THREE: Washington got the first two points on an Iowa error and a Grote kill and never relinquished the lead. Endsley served the Huskies on a run that had blocks from Crenshaw, Summers-Hoffman, and then two transition kills from Hoffman for an 8-3 lead. Powell found Endsley and Hoffman for two more kills to double up Iowa at 14-7. Crenshaw connected for 18-10 and she had another kill for 20-14. An ace from Hoffman made it 22-15, and then Iowa made a couple service errors down the stretch to bring UW to the finish, 25-19. Washington hit just .172 in the third but kept Iowa down to .118.