CHICAGO – An efficient effort to cap off a successful road trip was a perfect way for the Husky volleyball team to notch the 300th victory in coach Jim McLaughlin’s Washington career.
The sixth-ranked Huskies improved to 6-0 with a 25-15, 25-16, 25-14 win at Loyola Chicago on Sunday, hitting a season-best .408 and having six different players earn five or more kills.
The win pushed McLaughlin’s record in his 13th year at UW to 300-84, a winning percentage of .781.
“I love it here,” McLaughlin said of UW. “If you’re at a place long enough, things accumulate. It’s not about me, it’s about these kids that put on the uniform and commit to everything we ask of them. I don’t think it means much, other than I’m getting older.”
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Junior All-American Krista Vansant followed up a great performance on Friday at Illinois (19 kills, 1 error, 39 attempts) with another stellar outing Sunday, as she led the team with seven kills, making no errors on 13 swings for a .538 attack percentage. She also set a career-high with six service aces, the most for a UW player since Gabbi Parker had six on Nov. 17 against Oregon State.
“We played well. I thought we hit the ball, passed and served the ball well,” said McLaughlin.
• Jimmy Shane won the San Diego Bayfair, claiming the 2013 H1 Unlimited driver and team championship with the victory. He jumped six-time champion Steve David, who announced he is retiring after this season, in the standings. David finished fourth in San Diego.
• Micaela Castain scored twice as Washington State tied host Oklahoma State, 2-2.
• Seattle U fell at Portland, 2-1, staying winless through six games.
From sports-information reports.