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The University of Washington Huskies's volleyball team had no trouble in their NCAA first round playoff match against the Alabama State Lady Hornets as they won in three, 25-11, 25-5 and 25-16 last night at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the UW campus.

Washington will face the LSU Tigers in the second round tonight after LSU won the earlier game in a wild five-setter against the Michigan Wolverines.

In talking about the lopsided win over the Lady Hornets Huskies head coach Jim McLaughlin said, "I think the challenge is the edge regardless of who you play, where you play, when you play you know you gotta play. We can't control anybody. We can control what we do and that's the function of our thoughts and our emotions. You got to go hard and I think we did that."

Washington played hard in all areas though coach McLaughlin felt their serves could have been better saying they served well but not near what he knows they can do.

Serving is one of the strong points of sophomore outside hitter Cassie Strickland whose serves bring out the "boom" from the Husky fans. Strickland appreciates the fans 'assistance' on her serves but says it doesn't affect her focus.

"It's nice to hear after I do it," said Strickland, "but going into it I'm just trying to hit a good serve in my area."

Washington was led by Strickland and Pac-12 Player of the Year Krista Vansant who each had 10 kills.

Tonight's match-up finds Washington, the overall number three seed, going against an LSU squad that had another two-set down comeback, their sixth this season.

They play at 7:00 pm tonight at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the Washington campus. The winner will move on to the regional held December 13-14 in Los Angeles.

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