Huskies beat USC in battle for first in Pac-12 volleyball
Third-ranked Washington grabbed sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 on Sunday with its first victory at No. 4 USC since 2008.
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Third-ranked Washington grabbed sole possession of first place in Pac-12 volleyball Sunday with its first victory at No. 4 USC since 2008.
The Huskies (17-1, 9-1) finished off a sweep in Los Angeles with a 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22 victory over the Women of Troy (18-3, 8-2).
It was the first road win over a top-10 team for the Huskies since beating then-No. 6 UCLA in 2009. The victory snapped a 16-match home winning streak for the Trojans.
“It was a big-time win,” UW coach Jim McLaughlin said. “We overcame a couple rough spots and got back in a rhythm, which you’ve got to be able to do.”
Lianna Sybeldon had a career-high 15 kills, hitting .462, and leading the team with five blocks. Krista Vansant led all players with 22 kills.
No. 3 Washington (11-1-4, 4-1-2 Pac-12) saw its 15-match unbeaten streak come to an end with a 2-1 loss at No. 4 UCLA (8-3-4, 3-1-3). UW scored in the 42nd minute off a Michael Harris flip throw. The senior sent in a long throw that Justin Schmidt won in the air and redirected on goal, where James Moberg slipped the ball into the back of the net.
• Host Seattle University recorded its third shutout of the season in beating Grand Canyon 3-0 to remain in first place in the Western Athletic Conference. The Redhawks (6-8-3, 5-0-2) got two goals from Hamza Haddadi and one from Jeff Rose.
Seattle University clinched the WAC regular-season title with a 3-0 victory at Missouri-Kansas City. Julia Besagno scored the first two goals for the Redhawks (13-2-2, 10-0-0) and Heather Thomas added a late insurance goal.
• Cara Wegner scored in the 27th minute to lift Washington State over Arizona State 1-0. The Cougars (11-3-3, 4-3-1 Pac-12) swept their two-match road trip in Arizona for the third straight time.
Washington State finished eighth at the Bridgestone Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. Michael Anderson and Sang Lee tied for ninth at even-par 144.
Washington finished third at the Stanford Intercollegiate with a 1-under 851. Charlotte Thomas (1-under 70) finished tied for fifth at 4 under. Washington State was 16th. Mallory Kent finished in a tie for 44th at 9 over.
From sports-information reports.