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Husky Volleyball rolls past LIU-Brooklyn into second round

#8 Washington moves on to round 2 tomorrow night against Illinois.

Washington's Shayne McPherson (bottom left) begins to dive for the ball while teammates look on during the NCAA first round match between UW and LIU-Brooklyn. The Huskies won 3-0.
Edward Strong

#8 Washington (27-5, 16-4 Pac-12) advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, defeating LIU-Brooklyn in straight sets at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Husky offense proved to be far too much for the Blackbirds (20-10, 13-3 NEC), hitting a scorching .478 as a team and committing only six total attack errors in the three sets. The Huskies also racked up 10 aces while committing just 6 service errors (having an equal number of aces and errors is viewed as quite positive, anything more is fantastic).

Courtney Schwan had a very efficient outing, picking up 10 kills on 18 swings without an error (.556). Tia Scambray had team-highs in aces (4) and digs (13).

LIU's Filippa Hansson was a bright spot for the Blackbirds, hitting .600 (6k/0e/10a) and adding an ace.

What's next

The Huskies advanced to the round of 32, where they will meet Illinois (22-10, 12-8 Big Ten) tonight (Saturday) at 7 PM Pacific. The Illini defeated Hawaii in an exciting five-set match prior to UW's win on Friday. Setter Jordyn Poulter had a big match for the Illini in the win, picking up double-digit digs along with a few blocks.

Earlier this week, I had a chance to talk to a few members of the Spike Squad, the student section for Illinois volleyball team. We talked about Illini star middle blocker Ali Bastianelli, coaching changes, and more.