Friday, August 31, 2012

Pac-12 | Washington wins again, sweeps LSU

#11 Washington 3, LSU 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22)
next: #11 Washington @ Rice | 9AM (Pacific), September 1

Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
Four hours after dispatching #7 Purdue (see: “A severe beat down”: Washington clobbers #7 Purdue), the Washington Huskies came back to sweep host LSU at the Tiger Classic in Houston.

Krista Vansant led all hitters with 13 kills and 3 errors on 29 attacks (.345). Kylin Muñoz had 9 kills, 2 errors on 21 attacks (.333).

The Huskies outblocked the Tigers 9-7, led by Amanda Gil’s 5 block assists. UW held LSU to a .098 hitting average. Earlier in the day, the Huskies defense kept Purdue to a negative average (-.012)

After the big win against the Boilermakers, Washington coach Jim McLaughlin thought his team was a little tentative against LSU.

“I want us to go for it,” McLaughlin said, “and if you make the errors, you make the errors. I think it's a valuable lesson for the team. LSU is physical and well-coached, so it's a good win.”

  • This was Washington’s 36th consecutive nonconference win, spanning parts of the past five seasons. 35 of the 36 have been 3-0 sweeps.
  • In University Park, PA, #9 Stanford lost a five-set thriller to host #4 Penn State. The Cardinal trailed 7-12 in the final set, but a furious comeback fell short, 13-15. Tomorrow, Penn State hosts #2 Texas, a 3-0 winner (in three squeaker sets) against #20 Florida.

WRITTEN BY Jack Hamann | PHOTOS BY Leslie Hamann

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