The No. 12 Huskies dispatched No. 7 Purdue in convincing fashion with a straight-sets victory.
In its first test against a ranked opponent this season, the No. 12 Husky volleyball team came up big.
Washington (5-0) made an emphatic statement with a three-set dispatching of No. 7 Purdue (4-1) in the Tiger Classic, winning 25-21, 25-17, 25-9. The Huskies were especially impressive on defense, holding the Boilermakers, who made the Round of 16 in last year’s NCAA tournament, to a negative hitting percentage at -.012. Senior Kelcey Dunaway tied her career high with eight block assists, six of which came in the third set.
The win extended Washington’s nonconference undefeated streak to 35, dating to 2008. It was also the first win for the Huskies over a top-10 opponent away from home since a 2009 win at sixth-ranked UCLA.
“I liked the way we took the floor,” said UW coach Jim McLaughlin said in a release. “I liked the way we maintained our energy level and just the intensity. That’s something we’ve been talking about, our investment in those areas and committing to those things. We played well, put the pressure on them and kept it on them.”
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The Huskies followed the win with a sweep of tournament host Louisiana State in their second match of the day, winning 25-21, 25-20 and 25-22. UW outhit the Tigers .222 to .098.
“LSU’s a good team. They put pressure on us,” McLaughlin said. “And I think we have to respond a bit better. You’re not always just going to rip teams; there are ebbs and flows in every game and you have to withstand those.”
Washington faces Rice in its next match Saturday at 9 a.m.
The tournament was moved from LSU to Rice University because of Hurricane Isaac.
• The Washington State hit .516 in its sweep of Alabama State — 25-16, 25-9, 25-9 — at the opening match of the Cougar Challenge. Senior Rachel Todorovich led the Cougars with eight kills and no errors in nine attacks for a .889 hitting percentage.
The Cougars went on to beat Seattle University in straight sets in their second game of the day, 25-8, 25-13, 25-16. The Redhawks won their first match in the tournament, beating Weber State in five sets in its Cougar Challenge opener, winning 23-25, 31-29, 22-25, 25-20, 15-11.
• Central Washington won both of its matches on the opening day of the Holiday Inn Grand Canyon University Invitational in Phoenix. Senior Marcy Hjellum had a career-high 19 kills in the Wildcats’ five-set comeback win over Western New Mexico in the opening match. The Wildcats won 9-25, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 19-17, then beat Cal Poly Pomona in their second match, 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22.
• Western Washington remained undefeated on the year through three games, beating Grand Valley State 25-14, 25-22, 25-12 in its opening match of the Western Oregon Invitational.
• Eastern Washington fell to 0-5, losing in straight sets to UC Riverside in the Gonzaga Invite.
• Northwest University dropped a Cascade Conference match against The College of Idaho, losing 28-26, 15-25, 25-17, 25-21.
• Dylan Tucker-Gangnes scored twice for Washington, including the game-winner in the 72nd minute, to lead the No. 25 Huskies past Wisconsin, 3-2, in the Nike/Portland invitational. Bradley McIntosh had UW’s first goal in the 13th minute, his first of the season.
• Hillary Zevenbergen and Lindsay Elston tallied goals in Washington’s 2-0 win over La Salle in its Nike/Portland Invitational game.
• Washington State improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2005 with a 2-1 win against San Diego in its first game at the USC Futbol Classic in Los Angeles. Micaela Castain scored two second-half goals, her second multi-goal game, in the comeback win.
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• Shea Samuelson scored on a 35-yard shot in overtime to give Northwest a golden-goal victory over Menlo College in Kirkland. Northwest goalkeeper Mariah O’Brien saved a penalty kick in the 89th minute to preserve a 1-1 tie in regulation.
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