No. 19 Dawgs Block Out Beavers
SEATTLE – Washington was the team building the dam today at Gill Coliseum as the 19th-ranked Huskies had a season-high 13 blocks to hold off Oregon State in four sets, 25-10, 23-25, 25-13, 25-23. The Huskies (17-7, 9-5 Pac-12) snapped a brief two-match losing streak and beat Oregon State (7-17, 2-12 Pac-12) for the ninth-straight time.
Washington hit .381, thoroughly dominating sets one and three, but Oregon State, which was held to a .137 mark, nearly forced a fifth set from a narrow second set win, and a 23-22 Beaver lead in set four. But the Huskies scored the final three points to shut the door.
Huskies WIN?? A fantastic final three points capped by this Claire Hoffman kill!
— Washington Volleyball (@UWVolleyball) November 7, 2022
Claire Hoffman had the final two kills from 23-all and finished with a match-high 18 kills on a .417 attack percentage. Hoffman had nine kills in set four to get the Dawgs to the finish line. Ella May Powell had 48 assists and 11 digs for her 61st career double-double. Shannon Crenshaw had 11 kills, hitting .296, and Marin Grote had 13 kills, hitting .522.
Sophie Summers led UW's net patrol with six blocks, two solo. Grote had four blocks, as did Audra Wilmes, Powell had three blocks and Crenshaw had a pair and Hoffman got one.
Head Coach Keegan Cook identified "Progress blocking and serving, some things that are very important to us. Still looking for that consistent commitment to defensive principles. That escaped us in sets two and four and made it close. But we've navigated a tough stretch of four matches and are ready to reset and get after it again next week."
Wilmes, playing in Corvallis for the first time where her older sister played many a match for the Beavers, served up a career-high five aces and added six kills.
— Washington Volleyball (@UWVolleyball) November 6, 2022
UP NEXT: Washington remains on the road for another week, traveling to Arizona to take on the Wildcats next Friday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., then visiting the Sun Devils on Nov. 13.
SET ONE: Grote and Wilmes teamed for a block on the second point of the match. Grote killed a slide for 3-2 and Hoffman landed her first kill for 4-3. A long rally was capped by Crenshaw going off the block for 8-6, then UW forced an OSU error and Wilmes tipped for a kill for 10-6 to force an Oregon State timeout. Powell had a solo block to save an overpass for 12-7. Washington kept rolling as Wilmes served up back to back aces, and then Crenshaw killed one for 15-7. Grote hammered another slide in transition, and then a Wilmes serve was overpassed and Powell went up to spike it. After another OSU timeout, the next point was ended on a rejection from Crenshaw on the left pin. The Beavers then hit the antenna to make it 20-7, which was the final point of a 10-0 run. Powell got the Huskies to set point with a dump at 24-10, and then Hoffman ended it on the first chance for 25-10.
The Dawgs hit a blistering .520 in the set with 13 kills and no errors on 25 swings. Grote led the way with four kills on six swings.
SET TWO: Crenshaw and Grote had kills for 3-3 to start the second, but then the Beavers scored three in a row and UW took its first timeout at 3-6. OSU added an ace out of the break before missing serve to snap the run. But another run came with an ace and a transition kills to build a 6-12 Beaver lead. Grote and Crenshaw had kills but the gap remained six at 9-15. Out of another Husky timeout, Summers hammered a quick kill and then blocked the setter dump try on the next rally to pull UW within four at 14-18. The Beavers then made a couple errors and needed timeout at 17-19. OSU got a serv-receive kill out of the break but Wilmes hit down an overdig and then she went back and notched another ace to pull the Dawgs within one at 19-20. UW nearly had a block on the next rally but OSU saved it and UW hit out, challenging for a touch but not getting it. The Dawgs answered with a key block by Grote for 20-21, but OSU answered with two to get back up, 20-23. Down three set points, the Huskies saved two of them to force an OSU timeout at 23-24, but out of the break, the Beavers had a kill on their first swing to end it, 23-25.
UW outhit the Beavers in the second, .294 to .267, but three aces for OSU made up the difference. Grote had five kills on nine swings without an error.
SET THREE: Hoffman had kills from the left and right to start the third set up 2-1. Crenshaw wiped a tight set off the block for a 5-3 lead. Wilmes then scored her fourth ace for 6-3. A Hoffman kill and then a solo block by Wilmes were followed by a Summers middle kill for 11-6 Dawgs. Wilmes had a kill from Powell and Grote and Crenshaw turned one back for 15-9. Grote soared for two straight perfect slide sets from Powell, hammering both for kills, and then Hoffman crushed one for 18-10 and the last OSU timeout. Maeve Griffin subbed in and served up an ace for 21-11. Summers had a kill and a solo block to reach set point at 24-13, and then Powell dropped in an ace to end it, 25-13.
Washington dominated on the attack in the third, hitting .650, with 14 of its 20 swings going for kills. Powell had 14 assists and the middles combined for 6 kills on 7 swings.
SET FOUR: Three big blocks from the Huskies on the first six points built a 4-2 lead to start the fourth, with Summers in on all three. Hoffman hammered a kill and OSU missed one long for 6-2 Dawgs and a Beavers timeout. Oregon State got right back into it with a 4-0 run until Hoffman went off the block and out for 8-6. Wilmes tooled the block for 10-7, but OSU then went on another 5-0 run to take the lead, 10-12. Wilmes ended it with a right side kill, but another two points back to OSU made it 11-14. Out of a timeout, Grote killed one in serve-receive and then Hoffman tooled the block in transition for 14-16. A Summers block then pulled UW back within one at 15-16. Two more Hoffman kills kept the Huskies creeping within a point at 17-18 and 18-19. The Dawgs got back even for the first time at 20-20 on an OSU error and OSU called time. The Beavers got the sideout but Crenshaw ended a long rally on the next point, and then Wilmes got a tape-aided ace for 22-21. Oregon State fought back with the next two points for 22-23 and UW took time. A tough dig from Crenshaw extended the next point and the Beavers ended it with an error for 23-all, then the Dawgs got a Hoffman transition kill to move back in front and get to match point at 24-23. On the next rally, Sianna Houghton got the OSU swing up and Powell bump set it backwards into the court from the sideline, and Hoffman found hands on the block for a kill to end it, 25-23.
In the final set, Hoffman had a huge nine kills on 16 swings to hit .500 and Summers had four blocks to help hold Oregon State to a .128 mark