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Huskies Go Down In Three At Utah

Oct 14, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Washington's first match in Salt Lake City in three years won't bring a newfound fondness for the Huntsman Center as the Dawgs dropped a straight set match to the Utes to slip out of a first-place tie in the Pac-12. The 15th-ranked Huskies had four chances to tie the match at a set apiece, but when Utah pulled out the wild 30-28 second set, Washington was unable to turn it around in the third.
 
UW was swept for the first time this season by a 25-21, 30-28, 25-16 count. The Dawgs' typically potent offense was held to a .190 percentage, while Utah hit .349. It's just the second time this season the Huskies hit under .200 in a match. Utah had six more kills, 48-42, and had a 6-4 edge in aces and a 54-44 lead in digs. Blocks were 8.0 to 7.0 for the Utes.
 
Claire Hoffman had 12 kills and Emoni Bush had 11, while Ella May Powell had 36 assists and 13 digs. Kate Morin chipped in 11 digs. Marin Grote had eight kills and five blocks.

 
UP NEXT: Washington will need a big response in Boulder on Sunday as Colorado is off to a great start in conference as well at 5-2. The Huskies and Buffs will play at 11 a.m. Pacific time, airing on Pac-12 Networks Washington.
 
SET ONE: Grote had a kill and a tough Wilmes serve went as an ace for 2-1. Hoffman and Bush hammered their first kills from the left, and a block by Summers and Wilmes made it 6-5 Dawgs. But Utah then had the first run of the match, scoring four in a row for 6-9 until Wilmes got a kill to snap it. The Dawgs were back within one at 10-11 on a Hoffman rocket, but then Utah had another 4-0 run to take its biggest lead at 10-15 at the media timeout. Hoffman got the sideout in serve-receive. Powell called her own number twice for a pair of kills to keep UW within five. Down 14-20, a couple Utah errors were backed up by a Hoffman transition kill to cut the gap in half and Utah took time. Out of the break, Bays kept it going with an ace, and then Hoffman put away another kill to get within a point at 19-20. Utah snapped the run, but a ball-handling error made it 20-21. Utah scored the next two on a kill and a Husky error for 20-23. Grote and Powell stuffed one, but Utah reached set point with a kill and finished on its first chance for the 25-21 win.
 
The Huskies hit only .184 in the set and Utah was up at a .316 mark. Hoffman had six kills but the rest of the Husky hitters had just four combined.
 
SET TWO: A block by Bush and Grote and an ace for Hoffman made it 4-3 Dawgs early in set two. Bush put one down for a 5-5 tie. A Hoffman transition kill from the left made it 8-7 Dawgs, but Utah answered with a 3-0 run to take the lead. Summers ended it with a quick strike and UW got even again at 10-10 on a Wilmes-Grote block. Another unforced error made it 13-15 at the media timeout. Utah pushed to a 17-20 lead, but the Dawgs roared back with three in a row capped by a block from Hoffman and Grote to tie it and force the Utah timeout. The Dawgs had a look at the next point but Utah had a key dig and a kill. Grote tied it at 21-all with a slide kill but UW missed its next serve. A Utah double-contact tied it again, but the Utes got a kill and then UW missed a swing to go down set point, 22-24. Bush saved the first set point with a kill but the Huskies were out of subs and Sianna Houghton had to play in the front row. Houghton amazingly won a joust in the next rally and the point ended on a Bush kill to tie it at 24-24. Summers and Bush then teamed for a block to put the Dawgs in front still with Houghton front row. Utah was able to save it, but Bush crushed another crosscourt for 26-24. Now Molly Wilson was also in the front row so the Dawgs had a severely undersized block, and Utah got the sideout to make it 26-26. A Utah service error gave a third chance, saved by Utah, and then Hoffman put one down for 28-27, but Utah saved the fourth chance. This time Utah won a rally to get its third set point chance, and Utah then fired an ace to end the wild set, 28-30.
 
SET THREE: The momentum boost for the Utes and the letdown for the Dawgs carried into the third set, as the Huskies gave up the first seven points of the set. UW would only get within five points and was never able to make a sustained run to get back into it. Utah hit a scorching .519 in the final set and did not make an attack error on 27 swings. Sophie Summers had three kills on six swings as a bright spot in the frame, but it was finished off by the Utes, 25-16.