#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.
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. https://www.uwdawgpound.com/2017/11/28/16712428/behind-enemy-lines-illinois-volleyball