A straight-set win was served up by the fifth-ranked Huskies in their home volleyball opener over Seattle University on Tuesday night, with 13 service aces providing a big spark.
Washington (4-0) ran a crisp offensive attack, held the Redhawks (2-3) in check and came out with a 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 win in front of 1,240 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Kylin Muñoz and Krista Vansant each had seven kills for the Huskies, but UW hit .366 for the night and had 7.5 blocks to just one for Seattle U. The 13 aces came packaged with just three service errors as well for UW, with senior Jenni Nogueras and sophomore Melanie Wade each racking up four aces apiece. Senior Jenna Orlandini had 10 digs to lead the defense.
The Redhawks were led by Stephanie Stoll and Allison Farley, who each earned seven kills. Kerry Lane had 22 assists and four digs,
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“Playing some people in new positions and I thought it was overall pretty good, but for sure it’s not close to where we want to be,” said UW coach Jim McLaughlin. “The effort and intensity was good, but we had a lot of breakdowns defensively with people not seeing things and reacting the right way, so we’ve got to clean those up. The serving was great.”
Said Seattle U coach James Finley, “Our middles (Stoll and Farley) played well tonight, but overall this was a learning experience for the team. We will use tonight’s match as a tool to move forward into this weekend’s competition at Gonzaga’s tournament.”
• Washington cruised to a 4-1 men’s soccer victory over the Santa Clara Broncos at Husky Soccer Stadium, as senior defender Taylor Peay netted his first career hat trick and senior Michael Harris had two assists.
Peay’s three-goal performance was made all the more impressive as all three goals came in the first half. The Huskies (2-0) scored two header goals in the match’s first seven minutes and added a third in the 24th minute against the Broncos (0-2).
• Ben Johnson has decided to leave the Washington State men’s basketball staff after spending the previous nine years as an assistant coach for the Cougars. No reason was given for his decision.
• Everett signed three prospects to Western Hockey League educational contracts. Forward Patrick Bajkov and defenseman Jordan Wharrie were Silvertips selections in the 2012 bantam draft, while listed defenseman Lucas Skrumeda has attended training camp each of the past two seasons.
From sports-information reports.