THIS WEEK IN HUSKY VOLLEYBALL
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
SEATTLE — The final month of the regular season is already here. Washington Volleyball embarks on its penultimate road trip, starting November in the Bay Area. The Huskies (13-10, 4-8 Pac-12) are looking to shed a four-match losing skid starting with a rematch with the California Bears (15-8, 4-8 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 3, in Berkeley at 7 p.m. Then the Dawgs will make a final visit to Maples Pavilion as conference rivals with the Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. That match at Stanford (18-3, 11-1 Pac-12) will be televised on Pac-12 Networks National.
The Huskies need to climb back up the Pac-12 pecking order in the next month to continue playing into December. Washington was under its offensive standard last week against the Oregon schools, hitting under .150. The Dawgs are 8-0 when hitting .250 or better this season and 11-0 when outhitting their opponents. In the first meeting against the Bears the Huskies hit .294, so getting that rhythm will be one of the keys to the weekend.
Cal, led by former Husky Crissy Jones, is even with the Dawgs at 4-8, coming off a win at Arizona and a loss at Arizona State last week. The Bears are hitting .187 in conference play and allowing a .228 opponent mark. Freshman Maggie Li has multiple Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors to her credit, and leads the team with a 3.89 kills per set average. Annalea Maeder is posting 8.44 assists per set with 0.38 aces per set. Tara DeSa is second among the league leaders with 4.29 digs per set.
Stanford is coming off its first Pac-12 loss of the year, a 0-3 loss at Arizona State, but still holds a two-game lead in the Pac-12 standings at 11-1. Stanford is hitting .323 in Pac-12 play, over sixty percentage points above the second-place team. It also leads the league with 2.22 aces per set, and 15.32 kills per set. Kendall Kipp ranks third in the league with 4.23 kills per set, Kami Miner leads the league with 11.96 assists per set, and McKenna Vicini is fourth with 1.31 blocks per set. Kipp is second with 0.42 aces per set, and Elena Oglivie is second with 4.14 digs per set, 4.45 in league play.