No. 14 USC rallied to beat the No. 19 Washington volleyball team 24-26, 25-22, 28-26, 25-18 on Wednesday night before 2,006 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.

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No. 14 USC rallied to beat the No. 19 Washington volleyball team 24-26, 25-22, 28-26, 25-18 on Wednesday night before 2,006 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The first three sets went back and forth, with 18 lead changes and 31 ties. After pulling out set one, the Huskies (13-6, 5-4 Pac-12) let an eight-point lead slip away in the second set and then UW had a set-point chance in the third set as well, but USC (15-5, 7-2) fought back to save it and then pulled away in the fourth.

The Huskies hit just .150 while the Trojans finished at .265 and had 16.0 blocks to 6.5 for UW.

Kara Bajema had a season-high 23 kills for the Huskies. Ella May Powell had 42 assists and 22 digs. Samantha Drechsel had 17 kills.

Thybulle on Julius Erving watch list

Washington senior Matisse Thybulle has been named to the Julius Erving Award watch list, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced.

Thybulle is one of 20 candidates nationally to be named to the initial watch list for the nation’s top small forward and one of five chosen from the Pac-12 Conference.

Thybulle has started all 99 games of his career and is coming off a junior season that saw him win the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Award, the first Husky to do so. He owns the UW career steals record with 205 along with the season steals record at 101.

Also nominated for the award were Robert Franks Jr. of Washington State and Rui Hachimura of Gonzaga.

Men’s basketball

A formidable season-opening exhibition game against his alma mater, Washington, and seven encounters with last year’s NCAA Division II playoff qualifiers highlight the Seattle Pacific schedule announced by coach Grant Leep. SPU makes the short trip to clash with the Huskies on Nov. 1 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

SPU starts the 20-game Great Northwest Athletic Conference slate at home, hosting Northwest Nazarene on Nov. 29 and Central Washington on Dec. 1.

Women’s basketball

For the sixth straight season, Gonzaga was voted to win the West Coast Conference in the preseason coaches poll. The Zags’ three seniors, Chandler Smith, Zykera Rice and Laura Stockton, were all named to the preseason All-WCC team.