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Career-Highs Abound In 3-2 Win At Arizona State

Nov 13, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – Washington Volleyball ended a tough four-match road trip with a hard-earned and satisfying victory today at Arizona State. The win came in a fifth set, which had been unkind to the Huskies recently, including just two days ago, but Washington pulled away for a 15-8 set five victory, led by a combined 10 kills from seniors Claire Hoffman and Marin Grote.
The Huskies got some payback for an earlier five set loss at home to the Sun Devils, taking the rematch today by the final scores of 18-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-27, 15-8. Washington improved to 18-8 and 10-6 in Pac-12 play while ASU dropped to 11-17 and 5-11.
When the dust settled, several Huskies set or tied career-best marks today. Hoffman had 26 kills on 56 swings to hit .357, breaking her previous career-high of 25 kills. Grote tied her career-high with 16 kills, hitting .444. Redshirt freshman Audra Wilmes had a career-best 12 kills, hitting .321. And Ella May Powell became the fourth player in Pac-12 history to pass the 6,000 career assists mark, and did it in style by equaling her career-high with 60 assists.

Emoni Bush got the start today, coming back from an ankle sprain after missing the past five matches, but Bush showed some rust after the layoff. Shannon Crenshaw stepped up once again and had seven kills on a .462 percentage with 12 digs. Lauren Bays added a match-high four aces and 14 digs.
Washington made 70 digs to set itself up for 75 kills, as the Huskies had the big edge in kills, 75-51. That helped offset ASU's 15.0 to 4.0 edge in blocks. Washington had 7 aces to just 2 for ASU, but the Dawgs did miss 15 serves compared to only five misses for the Sun Devils.
"We talked about this match being an opportunity to close a chapter on a difficult stretch of the season and start climbing here," said Head Coach Keegan Cook. "We have four matches coming against four tournament teams, we're getting back to full strength as much as we can be. ASU was well coached and played clean, and made few service errors, and our defense had to answer that challenge. Making defensive plays first and figuring out the offense later.
The Huskies had lost their last three fifth sets before today. But UW stepped up today with 14 kills and just one error on 23 swings to hit .565 in the final set, with six kills from Hoffman and four from Grote.
"We said how do we want to swing in these moments in December," said Cook. "Fourteen kills for 15 points is pretty great."

UP NEXT: Washington heads into the final two weeks of the regular season, and has three of the final four at home. The first two come next Friday, Nov. 18, against Colorado and Sunday, Nov. 20, against Utah, at Alaska Airlines Arena.

SET ONE: Audra Wilmes had the kill on the first point of the match, and she served up an ace for a 3-1 lead. First kills from Grote and Hoffman kept the two-point edge. UW went ahead 9-7 but ASU retied it at nine. The Devils took an 11-10 lead but Grote tied it with a tip. Hoffman and Summers stuffed one back for a 13-12 lead. But Arizona State went back in front with a 3-0 run into a timeout at 13-15. Hoffman buried one out of the break, but ASU kept siding out and tacked on a couple more points and eventually pushed the lead to five at 17-22 and the Huskies took time. Washington would only get one more kill from Hoffman, who finished with five kills on 10 swings without an error in the set, but the rest of the Dawgs struggled to find their rhythm in the 18-25 loss. UW hit just .100 and ASU hit .265.
SET TWO: Powell opened the second set with an ace and Summers finished in transition for 2-0. Wilmes ended a rally for 4-2. Grote then struck on a quick kill for 6-2. Powell had two kills, punching one long and dumping for another, then Hoffman lasered another kill straight to the floor for a 10-5 lead. ASU came back with three on a couple Husky errors, but Summers ended it with a slide kill. Powell had a pancake and Bush put it off the block for a big point for 14-11. Bays then served an ace to prompt the timeout at 15-11. A couple Sun Devil errors and a Grote kill made it 18-12, but ASU fought back with a 3-0 run to cut the lead in half and the Huskies took timeout. Grote slammed down a slide out the break, and Powell called her number on another tight pass for a kill for 21-18 and another ASU timeout. A big dig from Bays led to a Hoffman kill for 22-18. A stuff block from Summers and Bush got the Dawgs to set point at 24-19, and an ASU error ended it on the next point.
Washington hit .324 in the second, with six players having at least two kills. ASU was held to a .167 mark.
SET THREE: The Huskies took a 3-1 lead but the early lead left quickly. Wilmes ended a lengthy rally by tooling the block on the right for 5-5. Wilmes and Hoffman then had consecutive kills off the block for an 8-7 lead. The teams traded sideouts for a long stretch, with ASU tying it at 12-all, but then Wilmes hammered a right side kill, and Bays followed with back to back aces for 15-12 and a timeout ASU. Bays kept the pressure on out of the break, forcing ASU into two more attack errors with tough serving, and then an overpass was hit down by Crenshaw for 18-12 and another ASU timeout. Two kills from Grote and an ace by Crenshaw made it 21-14 Dawgs. Kate Morin helped serve out the set as UW took the 2-1 lead with the 25-16 win.
Again the Dawgs were on target, hitting .367, adding three aces. Wilmes killed four of six swings and Hoffman had five kills.
SET FOUR: Bays had another ace off the tape for 3-3 in the fourth set and the teams were even at 5-5 as well. Hoffman won a joust for 7-7. Hoffman went high off the block for 9-7, but ASU answered back with a block for 9-9. ASU went back up one, but Crenshaw ended a long rally with the kill for 11-11. A 3-0 Husky run erased a two-point deficit to make it 15-14, on a Grote kill and a Grote Powell block assist followed by a Hoffman kill just off fingertips. Powell threw another kill down for 17-15 and ASU took time. Hoffman went high hands for a kill for 19-16, but then UW missed serve and attacked long on the next point, and the next rally was finished by ASU and suddenly it was tied again at 19-19. After a Husky timeout, ASU served an ace to take the lead, and then blocked the Huskies for a fifth-straight point. A service error ended that run, but ASU then had another kill and another block for 20-23. Crenshaw put one away in serve-receive and then got a second-straight kill to pull back within one at 22-23 and ASU took time. The Sun Devils got to set point with a kill, but the Huskies were able to save two in a row and tie it at 24. Wilmes saved the first from the right, and then Grote put down a slide kill to tie it. ASU got the sideout for a third set point chance, but Hoffman rolled one over and down for 25-all. The Huskies missed serve, however, to give a fourth chance at 25-26, and this time ASU converted on a block to force the fifth set.
Like the first set, ASU had five blocks to keep UW to a .238 percentage despite an 18-13 edge in kills for the Dawgs.
SET FIVE: Hoffman got two straight kills to start the fifth, and a Summers slide made it 3-1. Crenshaw cleaned up after ASU sent over a free ball, and then she blocked the next Sun Devil swing for 6-2 and an ASU timeout. ASU got two back out of the break, but Crenshaw absolutely crushed an out of system swing well off the net for a point for 7-4. Grote kept firing away with two kills to keep the Dawgs in front, 10-6. Hoffman then scored a big point after a rally to make it 11-6 and force the last ASU timeout. Grote connected on another Powell set out of the break for 12-6. She got one more for 13-6, and then it was Hoffman's turn again to finish and earn match point at 14-7. A missed serve delayed it by one point, but Hoffman put one inside the block on the next play for 15-8 and the win.
Washington had 14 kills on its 15 points in the fifth set, hitting a stellar .565. Grote had four kills on five attempts and Hoffman had six on nine, with two kills from Crenshaw.