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Husky VB ekes out 2-1 mark in Pittsburgh

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#13 Pitt made a statement with a resounding sweep of the Dawgs, but UW fought off mid-major powers Dayton and Kennesaw State for a winning weekend.

Edward Strong

That was a less-than-ideal weekend, but it could have been a disaster.

#12 Washington went 2-1 at the Pittsburgh tourney, which, given their opponents, should end up having a positive effect on their RPI in the long run. However, the Huskies were pretty lucky to get out of the Steel City with just one loss.

UW (5-2) couldn't close out a 2-0 lead against Dayton (6-4), having to rally to win S5 in extra points. Host #13 Pitt (9-0) thoroughly dominated the Dawgs, winning by at least 7 points in each set of a sweep. Then UW nearly went down 0-2 vs Kennesaw State (6-4), before improved play got them a 4-set win over the Owls.

  • #12 Washington 3, Dayton 2 (25-19, 27-25, 24-26, 23-25, 17-15)
  • #13 Pittsburgh 3, #12 Washington 0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-17)
  • #12 Washington 3, Kennesaw State 1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-20)

Around #Pac12VB

  • Washington dropped just one spot in Monday's new AVCA poll. Notably, UW's two losses are now to top-10 teams, as Illinois has risen to #8, with Pitt just behind them at #9.
  • Stanford has now put together consecutive wins against #5 Penn State, #1 Minnesota, and #3 Texas, while dropping just one total set, pushing them from 4th to 2nd.
  • Oregon swept #1 Minnesota before falling to Penn State, earning them a jump from 18 to 12.
  • #9 UCLA and #10 USC both struggled. The Bruins lost to #22 Cal Poly twice, while USC lost to #3 BYU, #25 Marquette, and nearly lost to unranked Syracuse.
  • #24 Colorado was upset by Georgia, knocking them out of the top 25.
  • #23 Washington State continued their undefeated start but beat nobody of much note, moving them up just one spot.

Standings, with new rankings (through Wed, 9/12)

  1. #22 Washington State (7-0)
  2. (RV) Arizona (8-1)
  3. #2 Stanford (7-1)
  4. #24 Utah (7-2)
  5. Arizona State (7-2)
  6. California (7-2)
  7. (RV) Oregon State (6-2)
  8. #13 Washington (5-2)
  9. #16(T) USC (6-3)
  10. #16(T) UCLA (4-2)
  11. #12 Oregon (5-3)
  12. (RV) Colorado (5-3)

What's next?

The Huskies will play their final three non-conference games this weekend at a tourney hosted by Boise State. The Huskies are clear favorites against all three opponents, although the host Broncos should be the toughest of the group. All games are available for free online through the Mountain West Network. Times listed are in Pacific Daylight Time.

  • #13 Washington (5-2) at Boise State (6-1) -- Thu, 6:30 p.m.
  • #13 Washington vs Cal State Northridge (4-5) -- Fri, 8:30 a.m.
  • #13 Washington vs Sacramento State (5-6) - Fri, 4 p.m.