SEATTLE – Probably the last point in the Alaska Airlines Arena this season was pocketed Claire Hoffman on a set of Ella May Powell. It couldn’t have been a more perfect ending for two of the most prolific and successful Seniors in Husky history as they joined other Seniors to emerge victorious at Senior Night Daniel Cole, Shannon Crenshaw, Marin Grote and Sianna Houghton. The 24th-ranked Huskies beat a strong USC roster 25-23, 25-23, 15-25, 25-16 in the penultimate game of the regular season in front of 4,213 fans.
Washington hit the 20-win streak for the 21st straight season by defeating the Trojans, tying the Trojans in fourth place in the conference with a 12-7 game left, which will lead the Huskies to Pullman in a Friday night fight with Washington State. It was the first and only meeting of the year between UW and USC as the Huskies won their fifth straight win in the series.
head coach Keegan Cook I could not have imagined that Senior Night would be any different for the class of six who have accomplished so much during their time at Montlake.
“I don’t think anything else would have felt appropriate for this group, so I knew they were motivated,” Cook said. “The seniors were the best they are on their night. They’ve won consistently since they’ve been here and that’s who they are. They want to play a good match for the last time but I don’t think they would be here with me anything other than victory.”
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– Washington Volleyball (@UWVolleyball) November 24, 2022
Washington broke 23-all ties with the last two points to win each of the first two sets. The Trojans, hitting .339 that night, responded with a big third set, but UW turned it up with a .583 attack in the fourth set to eliminate him. It was the No. 112 win for the fifth-year senior class.
“Winning two tight sets was great to start the game. USC was really good and kept swinging in the third set. I was impressed, we made some adjustments in the fourth and asked our team to try some other things and it paid off to block and attack and we left it open in the final set so I was happy about that.
The Huskies finished the match on a .306, with contributions from the five available seniors. Fourteen kills from Hoffman led the team with a .400 attack percentage, and Powell had 32 assists and nine digs. Grote hit an outstanding .615 with nine kills on 13 swings. Crenshaw had six big kills, hitting .455, while Houghton also brought in six digs.
Sophia Summer had a strong night with six blocks and six kills, hitting .417 and Lauren Bays continued to accumulate points on her serve and dug seven balls. Molly Wilson also came up with two aces in a serving supporting role Emoni Busch had five kills and two aces, one to seal the second set.
– Washington Volleyball (@UWVolleyball) November 24, 2022
NEXT: Washington wraps up the regular season with the second half of the Boeing Apple Cup Series against Washington State Friday at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The NCAA Selection Show will then be held next Sunday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific on ESPNU.
SET ONE: Claire Hoffman had the first point of the game, the start of a quick 2-0 lead for the Huskies. Bush collected her first ace to make it 7-5. Scoring remained a back-and-forth for much of the first set, with neither team leading by more than two points to a 13-13 tie. Kills by Summers and Grote preceded a 15-13 timeout. The Huskies’ goal run ended 4-0, but USC continued to deliver strong returns, responding with a 3-0 run of their own to prompt a timeout from Washington, the score standing 17-16. A USC timeout after an ace out Molly Wilson saw the result at 21-19. After a service error by the Trojans that led to the 22:22 draw, Emoni Busch laced her fourth kill to open center on the USC side. A service error and an attacking error by the Trojans allowed the Huskies to take the set by a score of 25-23.
SET TWO: The Trojans opened the second set with an ace, but Hoffman was quick to respond with a convincing kill for the next point, tying it 1-1. A 3-0 run helped USC build a lead that entered the first half of the set was held. A huge block from Summers took the total to 6-7, but the Huskies couldn’t contain the Trojans, whose lead grew to four at 12-16. Marin Grotes The first block of the game brought the score to 16-17, and she added another assertive wall of USC attack to take Washington’s first lead of the set at 18-17. Grote’s dominance continued with a kill next, and Hoffman added one of her own to take the lead to 20-17, drawing a huge roar from the crowd and capping a 7-0 rise from Husky. The Huskies would take a time out after USC fell back, the score being 20-19. The two teams continued to battle before another timeout in Washington at 22-22. A kill by Summers was assisted by Powell to hit the set point, then Bush followed with a brilliant serve that fell off the table in front of the diving USC libero for an ace that gave Washington another 25-23 set win.
SET THREE: USC immediately went ahead in the third set and UW could never come back even after an 0-3 start. The Huskies took the score to 2-3 but struggled to slow down the Trojans, who were up 3-7. A block formed by Hoffman and Summers brought the score to 5-8. The Huskies would take a time-out after falling 5-11 behind, with the Dawgs just two kills in the set at that point. Hoffman had a kill backed by an ace to narrow the gap to four at 9-13. Powell and Summers covered one, and Crenshaw had a great out-of-system putaway for 11-15, but USC scored twice to push it back to six and force the final Husky timeout. USC closed it out with a 4-0 run from 21-15 to close the set.
SET FOUR: Summers opened the fourth set with a kill, then teamed up with Hoffman for a block to get the early momentum. A Bays serve was passed and Crenshaw hit it for 4-1, and then Hoffman completed the transition for a 5-1 lead and Bays added an ace for 6-1 before USC took them off the line. The teams traded sideouts for a while until a 4-1 run from Husky increased the lead to 15-9 at the media timeout when Crenshaw, Hoffman and Grote all finished. A Hoffman serve was passed and Powell went high and took a full swing, hammering it down to 17-10 and forcing the USC timeout. The Huskies gave the Trojans no sniff of a comeback, with a Summers strike and another block from Summers and Crenshaw that put it 21-13 and forced the final USC timeout. Two more kills from Hoffman and a Grote finish put the Dawgs at match point 24-16. After some back and forth, Powell went to Hoffman one last time in Hec Ed, and she pocketed it for the win.