Washington Sweeps Arizona Behind Season-Best .333 Hitting Effort

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 05th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12

#14 Washington def. #18 Arizona 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-23)

  • Washington moves to 12-3, 4-1 Pac-12; Arizona falls to 14-3, 3-2 Pac-12
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Box Score
  • Washington Recap / Arizona Recap

Washington put up nine blocks and outhit Arizona a season-high .333 to .173 to snap the Wildcats’ two match win streak on Friday night.

The Huskies outdid Arizona 43-39 in kills and 9-1 in blocks, but trailed 5-3 in aces.

Samantha Drechsel downed 14 kills, while hitting .333 to guide the UW attack. Kara Bajema (9), Destiny Julye (8) and Avie Niece (7) aided the offense. Niece hit at a match-high .500 clip (7-0-14) and put up five blocks.

Kendra Dahlke racked up a match-high 18 kills, while hitting .382 and adding six digs. Candice Denny and Devyn Cross followed with six putaways each.

UW hit .385 in the opening stanza, while limiting Arizona to a .097 effort. The Huskies raced out to a 12-4 lead with help from four kills and a block by Bajema. Two Dreschel putaways and two miscues put Washington ahead 16-8. Arizona cut the margin to five at 19-14, but four Wildcat errors helped the Huskies finish off a 25-18 win.

The Wildcats hit .265 in Set 2, but trailed Washington’s .343 clip. UW went up 7-2, only to see Arizona rally for a 12-11 advantage, including back-to-back aces by Emi Pua’a. Trailing 17-16, the Huskies scored three in a row, including two errors, to go up 19-17 and despite a tie at 19, held on for the win. Two Dreschel kills put UW on the hill at 24-22 and Niece ended the stanza two points later.

The Huskies hit .293 in the final stanza, while UA made eight errors and hit just .152. Washington went up 8-3 in Set 3 and built a six-point advantage at 18-12. Arizona rallied to within one with five straight points and eventually pulled even at 23. UW called timeout and got a Drechsel kill and help from a Wildcat miscue to wrap up the sweep at 25-23.

The Wildcats played without the services of outside hitter Paige Whipple, who is out this weekend with a concussion.

Next up, the Huskies head to Tempe for a 3 p.m. ET Sunday meeting with Arizona State. Arizona, meanwhile, plays host to #20 Washington State at 3 p.m. ET.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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