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Huskies crack down on Bruins in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES- UCLA hit the Huskies with their best shot, but the Dawgs got up and kept coming, and eventually wore the Bruins down to earn a big early-season road win at Pauley Pavilion. Washington (10-2), 18th, finished a Pac-12 opening week 2-0 and earned its sixth straight victory with a 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19 victory in a ESPNU televised game.

The Bruins saw their standout outside hitter Charitie Luper return to the starting lineup for the first time since UW was last at Pauley Pavilion near the end of the 2021 regular season, and Luper helped UCLA hit a scorching .625 in the first set. But the Huskies stayed focused, adjusted, and after taking a tight second set, UW cooled UCLA to .179 and .188 attack percentages in the final two sets to pull away.

“Things steadily improved at the net and behind after the first set,” said the head coach Kegan Cook. “We talked about turning it into a tougher game and extending some rallies, and that things would get better for us if we did that. Little by little we did that, and we were also very stable. We talked about last year, we were in the same environment and situation, and we felt like we missed that moment, and we were determined not to miss it again. So proud of the performance.”

Washington ended up beating UCLA for the game, .365 to .318, and had a 7-3 advantage in aces and an 8.0 to 3.0 lead in blocks.

Ella May Powell moved up two more spots in the Pac-12 career assists top 10, moving Holly McPeak and Dana Burkholder to eighth place with 41 assists tonight, giving him a career-high 5,452. Powell added a career-high by matching six kills on nine attempts, plus 10 digs for the 57th double-double of his career and the fifth this season.

American senior Claire Hoffman had his own double-double with a team-high 17 kills, hitting .298, with 10 digs for his 14th career double-double. She also added two aces. Second year Emoni Bush had 13 kills on a .357 attacking percentage and had three blocks, while senior Sailor Cave was excellent again, posting a dozen wins on .579 percentage with three tricks.

Madi Endley also had seven wins with two aces, and libero Laurent Bays had eight digs and eight big assists. Catherine Morin (7 excavations) and Olivia Mikkelsen (8 digs) helped slow UCLA’s initial pace, and Sianna Houghton had a pair of aces. Second year Sophie Summers led the block with five assists.

NEXT: UW will be back in California next week, heading to the Bay Area to face Stanford on September 30 at 6 p.m., followed by a trip to Berkeley to face the Bears on October 2.

SET A: The first two Husky kills came from Claire Hoffman as the teams were even at 3-3. It was 5-5 before a few Dawgs errors and a UCLA ace made it 5-9. Endsley stopped the run with his first kill. Ednsley and Grote teamed up for a dismissal to make it 8-10. The teams continued to trade runs, with Powell hitting a UCLA overpass for 11-12. It was 13-15 at media timeout with UW reaching .467 but UCLA over .600 at that time. A few UCLA points forced a Husky timeout at 15-18. Hoffman broke that with a serve-receive kill, then Grote killed a transition slide to get back in one at 17-18. Hoffman then equalized, tooling the block for 18-all, and UCLA took time. Now it was UCLA who scored twice on timeout, with a Hoffman kill making it 19-20. But a few more points from the Bruins allowed them to establish the point at 20-24. UW saved one with a Emoni Bush block but UCLA converted its second chance to end it.

Washington hit a stellar .448 but UCLA was virtually flawless hitting .625 offensively. Hoffman had six error-free kills on 11 swings.

SET TWO: Catherine Morin started the second at DS and had the first pass to lead to a kill by Endsley. Endsley had an ace for 3-1. Powell and Summers were ruled out right for 6-3 Dawgs. Bush and Endsley knockouts kept UW from retreating, and a Bays ace made it 10-7. The teams traded sideouts with a few UCLA service errors until a small Husky run triggered by a Bush-Summers block. Hoffman then ended a Laurent Bays bump game. Summers then dropped a kill on an overpass for 18-14 and forced a UCLA timeout. The Bruins got the kill, then got an ace from the assist to the boards and converted the next transition kill to quickly close the gap to one. Hoffman broke it with a snap from the left for 19-17. She added another from Powell at the next point to make it 20-17. Grote got a kill on a UCLA block error, then grounded another at the next point for 22-18. A couple back for UCLA prompted a UW timeout, but UCLA missed the serve out of the break. Olivia Mikkelsen laid out for a fantastic save that led to a Bruins error for the set point at 24-20. UCLA saved one, but Hoffman had a bottom-row kill to end it, 25-21.

Hoffman, Bush and Grote all had four kills apiece in the second and Powell had 12 assists and six digs as the Huskies hit .389, just ahead of the .378 pace for the Bruins.

SET THREE: A great first rally was completed by Hoffman off the block and off. Another gritty rally had a Hoffman finish, and after a UCLA mistake, Grote crushed a slide kill for 5-1 and UCLA took the first timeout. Two more kills from Grote and Hoffman made it 8-2 Dawgs. Bush landed a kill on contact with the block, then slid a tight set off the block for 11-4. UCLA had a 3-0 run to cut it to 12-8, but Endsley and Summers had a big dismissal to snap that streak. Hoffman then knocked one down and Grote killed on a UCLA block error, then the Dawgs roared after a booming block from Grote to make it 16-9. Hoffman served an ace for 18-11, then Powell had a back dump for 19-13. Another Powell dump, this one to the sideline, made it 21-13. Bush cleared the block for 23-16 Dawgs. After a UCLA error and a timeout, the Bruins saved one but then served 25-17.

Washington ultimately held the Bruins in check while maintaining big numbers on his side. The Huskies hit .343 while UCLA was at .179. Grote killed all four of his swings and Morin had five recoveries.

SET FOUR: Endsley found an opening for a 2-2 finish in the fourth. UCLA went on a 3-0 run, but the Huskies recovered quickly to tie it at 6-6 with a Bush kill and a Bruin error. an ace of Sianna Houghton inch UW front, 7-6. Hoffman took a tough inside set and came out of the block and out for 11-10. Grote hung in the air to block UCLA’s peak try for 13-11. Grote added two kills as the teams traded points at 15-13 and media timeout. Houghton dropped his second ace out of the break for 16-13. A huge block ended a marathon rally as Summers and Bush met to start UW at 17-14. Hoffman had a transition tear from the left for 20-16. Hoffman then painted the sideline for an ace to force a UCLA timeout at 23-18. A Bruin error earned him match point at 24-18, and on the second chance Powell threw in two to finish it, 25-19.

The Huskies slowed UCLA to .188 in the fourth, while hitting .269 with three aces.