Los Angeles, California – On day one of the Pac-12 South Invitational the Washington Husky Beach Volleyball team took on No. 17 Arizona and No. 7 Stanford. The Huskies started the day by defeating Arizona 3-2, the UW first win over Arizona since 2007. Then immediately followed by a 2-3 loss to Stanford.
Coming off a National Pair of the Week recognition, Husky pair Chloe Loreen and Natalie Robinson continue to succeed. “Chloe and Natalie are continuing to play at a high level and it’s fun to watch them continue to get better,” Head Coach Derek Olson said, “They’re in a good place right now but will be tested tomorrow against the best player in college, Megan Kraft, and her longtime partner Delaynie Maple. It should be fun to watch.” The pair won both of their games today.
Olson also commented on the No. 5 pair and their ability to clinch two crucial wins. “I thought our 5’s were great today. That’s what we’ve seen in practice all year, so it was great to see them rebound and get two quality wins.”
“Overall, we are trending in the right direction and the more this teams gets battle tested the more belief they will have in themselves,” Olson stated, “It’s still early and we have two great opportunities tomorrow that we have to be ready for.”
The Huskies will face off against No. 4 USC and Oregon tomorrow at 10 AM PST and 2 PM PST.
The Huskies started the day taking on No. 17 ranked Arizona. Pair No. 2, Piper Monk-Heidrich and Kendall Mather were first to finish up taking down Wildcats Russell/Shannon 21-18 in both sets. After a slow start, the Huskies responded with some firepower to come back and win.
At pair No.4, Shannon Gormally and Teagan DeFalco got themselves into a battle. The Huskies won the first set 21-16 against Fitzsimmons/White but dropped the second 20-22. After a tough fought third set, the Wildcats took the tiebreak 16-14.
Then at pair No. 5, Hannah Yerex and Scarlett Dahl got the Huskies their second point, beating Wildcats Kost/Erro 21-18, 21-14.
The Huskies secure the win at pair No. 1 with Chloe Loreen and Natalie Robinson versus Alex Parkhurst and Sarah Blacker. The pair won the first set 23-21 and then won in a dominant second set, 21-14.
The last pair to finish up was pair No. 3 Mary Sinclair and Paloma Bowman who lost 21-17, 22-20 to Cook/Rennie.
The Huskies defeated Arizona 3-2 in game one of the day.
For game two of the day the Huskies…
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