The University of Washington Huskies volleyball team dominated the Kansas Jayhawks in their win on Friday the 13th at the NCAA Women's Volleyball Regional playoffs at the Galen Center on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles.
The Huskies played steady, strong Washington volleyball as they defeated Kansas 25-18, 25-13, 26-24 to move into the Elite Eight.
The Huskies were led by their service game which produced six aces, including three by senior setter Jenni Nogueras, to Kansas's zero. Junior outside hitter Krista Vansant led the team with 10 kills.
Keeping the ball on their side of the net for most of the first two games allowed third ranked Washington (29-2) to dictate play which led to long point runs keeping the Jayhawks on their heels.
After the intermission 14th ranked Kansas (25-8) came out blazing hoping to push for another game but the Huskies never slowed down and eventually moved back into the lead and eventually taking the match.
“I’m proud of these guys,” said Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin on the Huskies website. “The preparation was good. Kansas is a good team, after scouting and looking at some film, I was a little nervous about the match. They can do some things, they run a unique offense, they’re well-coached. We got on them early, and just did a nice job defensively pressuring them. We served the ball real well and that was a good deal for us. They’re a better team I think than they showed tonight.”
Heading into the Elite Eight tonight Washington will face off against Pac-12 foe and 6th seed USC on the Trojans home court. USC defeated Brigham Young University Bulldogs in a four set match later that same evening.
The Huskies defeated USC in both conference meetings this season and will look to keep that streak alive.
The winner will advance to the Final Four scheduled to be played Thursday, December 19th with the championship game on Saturday, December 21st. Both games will be played at the KeyArena in Seattle.
Tonight's game begins at 8:30pm at the Galen Center on the Trojan campus and can be seen live on ESPNU.