Monday, 11 December 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Block Roars To Life As Huskies Stuff Bears


BERKELEY, Calif. – Senior May Pertofsky returned to action and came back in a new role, as she moved to middle blocker and helped spark a UW block that was the best its been in more than a month. Pertofsky and Katy Wessels were in on 12 of the team’s 13 blocks tonight as the Huskies halted a four-match skid with a 27-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-17 road win over the Cal Bears.
It was UW’s final trip to Haas Pavilion as conference rivals, and the Huskies were able to extend their series mastery to 22 consecutive victories over the Bears, and 12 straight in Berkeley. Washington improved to 14-10 and 5-8 in Pac-12 play while Cal dropped to 15-9 and 4-9.
The Huskies had just six total blocks combined in two home losses last week, but more than doubled that in once match tonight. It tied for their second-most blocks of the season, and was the most since getting 14 at Oregon State on Oct. 1. Pertofsky, who had missed six matches in a row and seven of the past eight, came back from a foot injury and moved from her usual opposite hitter spot to middle tonight and helped set the tone.

Washington improved to 9-0 this year when hitting above .250, as the Huskies finished at .257 and held California to a .130 mark.

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