Ali Bastianelli took over in the fifth set as Illinois overcame a late surge from Hawaii before #8 Washington swept through LIU Brooklyn.
Barring an uncharacteristic stumble, the No. 1 seeded Penn State Nittany Lions should be through to the Final Four with four home victories. No. 8 seeded Washington, however, might offer a challenge in the Elite Eight.
Washington brought in a season-high 4,491 fans for their final regular season match and sweep over in-state opponent Washington State.
Senior Crissy Jones thrived in the new rotation with the freedom to hit out of the middle on Wednesday.
MATCH STATS No. 8 Washington def. No. 16 Oregon 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24) Washington moves to 22-7, 12-6 Pac-12; Oregon…
#8 Washington heads to #16 Oregon as both schools look to bounce back from a loss; November 19 Preview
(RV) Oregon State upended #8 Washington after almost losing a 2-0 set lead in a wild five-setter.
Two weeks of Pac-12 play remains and the hardware for the Conference title is still up for grabs. While No. 4 STANFORD dropped its first opportunity to claim the crown last week, it is still in control, boasting a three-match lead over second-place and No. 14 USC.
#9 Washington swept Cal for a 2-0 week as strong serving was the theme in both wins for the week.