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Huskies Fall In Three At No. 16 Oregon

Nov 4, 2022

SEATTLE – A difficult night for the Husky volleyball team saw the Dawgs fall in straight sets at Matthew Knight Arena against 16th-ranked Oregon. Marin Grote had 10 kills for UW but the Huskies (16-7, 8-5 Pac-12) hit a season-low .152 on offense while Oregon's .402 percentage was the highest for a Husky opponent this year.
 
It added up to the second straight set loss of the season for the Huskies, 25-13, 25-19, 25-18. The teams split the season series but the Dawgs were missing Emoni Bush for the third-straight match. Bush had provided 14 kills in the earlier five set win in Seattle. It's the first time this season the Huskies have lost consecutive matches.
 
"Not being able to physically match up on the defensive side of the ball was the most frustrating thing," said Head Coach Keegan Cook. "At this stage we've been through a lot of adversity and we're down some bodies and doing the best we can, but it just seemed like physically we weren't able to hang at the net or behind it, so it's hard to create momentum or scoring runs when you're not able to slow things down."
 
"I didn't see any quit, just because we didn't take a set or the scores weren't competitive. I saw intent and I saw effort. Our opponents were excellent today and we just weren't able to physically keep up."
 
The Huskies had 30 kills as a team, also a season-low. Grote had 10 then Claire Hoffman had eight. Ella May Powell had 27 assists and killed all three of her attempts. Lauren Bays had eight digs and an ace, and Sophie Summers had three kills and two blocks.
 
UP NEXT: Washington heads to Corvallis on Sunday to take on the Beavers in a 2 p.m. tussle. The match will be live on Pac-12 Networks.
 
SET ONE: The match couldn't have started out much rougher for the Huskies as Oregon scored the first six points of the match. Summers got UW's first kill for 2-6. Bays picked up an ace to get it within three at 4-7, but Oregon had another 3-0 run to get the lead right back to six points. Grote had a pair of kills for 7-13, but the Ducks had another mini run to push the gap to eight at 9-17 and force UW's last timeout. Crenshaw put one away for 11-18 but Oregon had an answer and an ace to keep rolling. Grote's third kill made it 12-22. She staved off one set point with another kills but UW missed serve to end it, 25-13.
 
SET TWO: Powell through down for a kill for 2-2 and then Kate Morin dropped an ace on the back line for 3-2 as the Dawgs searched for a better start. A Wilmes solo block got the Dawgs a 6-3 lead, and Hoffman put one high hands off the block for 7-4. Oregon made a push to tie it up at 8-all, with Grote landing one out of the middle for 9-8. Consecutive kills by Hoffman put the Dawgs up again, 11-10, but Oregon answered with a pair. Oregon killed a Husky overpass to make it 13-15 and UW took time. Wilmes put one down from the right in serve-receive for 16-18, but the Ducks won a lengthy rally with a block to make it 16-20. Crenshaw got a much-needed kill to snap an Oregon run for 17-21. The Huskies couldn't draw closer and Oregon won it, 25-19, to take the 2-0 lead.
 
SET THREE: Powell got the first point with a dump but Oregon then earned the next four points. Summers and Hoffman teamed for a block for 3-4. Hoffman finished one for 5-6, and then the Dawgs evened it at 7-all on an Oregon error. Wilmes connected for 8-8, but the Ducks scored the next three before missing serve for 9-11. Two more Oregon points, however, forced a Husky timeout at 9-13. Out of the break, Grote killed a slide and Hoffman hammered to the floor after a perfect Crenshaw pass for 11-14. But the Ducks then had another 3-0 run to break it open at 11-17. Summers and Powell teamed for a block and Hoffman went off the block on the right for 13-18. Summers had a quick out of the middle for 14-20. Grote put down a slide for her 10th kill to make it 17-23, but the Ducks sided out for match point. Powell saved one with a kill but Oregon converted its second chance for the 25-18 win.