Huskies Honor Title IX Hosting ASU Friday
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL
SEATTLE -- Home for the remainder of October, the 15th-ranked Husky volleyball team aims to start a sustained run to stay in the mix for a conference title. Washington (14-4, 6-2 Pac-12) hosts Arizona State this Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. followed by Arizona on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 12 noon to finish up the first half of the conference slate. Friday's battle with the Sun Devils will be UW Volleyball's celebration of fifty years of Title IX, with a large group of Husky alumni set to attend. On Sunday, fans can stick around for another full team autograph session with the Dawgs. Both matches will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, on the Pac-12 Washington channel.
Following the Arizona schools, the Huskies will remain at home next week to host Cal and Stanford. The only four match home stretch in Pac-12 play will then lead straight into the only four match road trip for the Dawgs. Washington now sits alone in third-place, one game behind USC and Stanford. The Huskies had a tough loss at Utah last Friday, just the third time they've been swept in the past four seasons, but bounced back well with a 3-1 win at Colorado on Sunday.
June 23, 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a civil rights law that barred discrimination on the basis of gender in American schools. It would lead to a new era of opportunity for women's athletics at the collegiate level. The Husky women's volleyball program officially began as a scholarship sport in the fall of 1974, two years after the passing of Title IX.
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Sanja Tomasevic, one of the all-time great Huskies, will be in the building for Friday's alumni reunion, just coaching the opposing Sun Devils. Arizona State is 3-5 in Pac-12 play, with wins over Arizona, Cal, and Oregon State. The Sun Devils are hitting .217 for the season and .204 in conference play. Iman Isanovic (3.32 kills/set) and Marta Levinska (3.13 kills/set) lead the attack. Claire Jeter hits .335 with 1.60 kills per set and 0.96 blocks per set. Annika Larson averages 3.02 digs per set.
The Wildcats are 12-7 on the season and 2-6 in conference, with a sweep of California in its last match. Arizona is hitting .225 for the season and ranks fourth in the league with 1.52 aces per set, and third in blocks per set at 2.54. Jaelyn Hodge leads the team with 3.13 kills per set and Sofia Maldonado Diaz is second with 2.86. Zyonna Fellows is one of the top blockers with 1.32 blocks per set, and hits .320. Setter Emery Herman posts 8.99 assists per set and is a capable blocker with 0.84 per set. Kamaile Hiapo is fourth in the league with 4.04 digs per set.