Washington Volleyball returns to win in its second game of the day | local sports


Members of the Husky volleyball team celebrate a point from the sideline during Washington’s game against Cal Poly September 9 at Alaska Airlines Arena. UW took five sets to defeat Cal Poly.

Just hours after its four-game winning streak ended on Friday morning, Washington’s volleyball team returned to the court with a chance to get rid of the bitter taste in their mouths.

It took five full sets to do so against Cal Poly, but UW was able to emerge victorious in their last drink, overcoming a 2-1 deficit.

For head coach Keegan Cook, the night marathon game, in their second game in eight hours, after a loss, can only make the Huskies (5-2) come out a better team.

“Above all, I’m glad our athletes have a better understanding of what it takes to compete at a very high level,” Cook said. “I think all of these teams have shown us where we are and where we need to go.”

The Mustangs (0-6) may have given the Huskies more than expected in the first three sets.

Cal Poly opened up an 18-15 lead in the first set, but a 7-0 UW run, fueled by an active home crowd and thanks to six straight serves from Madi Endsley, put the Huskies in the driver’s seat. of the first set, which they eventually won, 25-21.

In the second set, the Mustangs gave the Huskies trouble early on, winning the first three points. Washington, however, came back and took an 18-17 lead after a serve ace from sophomore Lauren Bays.

But this time it was Cal Poly’s turn to go, and a 6-0 streak propelled the Mustangs to a 25-19 victory, tying the game at 1-1.

In the third set, frustration began to set in for Washington, and it looked like a team playing their second game of the day, as mistakes and miscommunications allowed Cal Poly to take a 24- 17. UW staged a rally, but a replay was the deciding factor in a 25-21 victory for the Mustangs.

Led two sets to one, the Huskies needed a spark.

“[It was] some tactical changes, some roster changes, to give it a different look,” Cook said. “We moved some things around, but mostly I challenged the senior athletes to really carry us through at a critical moment, and I thought they were really late.”

Two of those senior athletes were Claire Hoffman and Marin Grote, who finished with 15 kills and 11 kills, respectively, and were on full display in an emotionally charged fourth-set victory.

Also in the spotlight was second Emoni Bush, who led the team with 17 wins. Perhaps none was bigger than the final point in the fourth set, a kill that kept the Huskies alive with a 25-22 win. With the match tied at 2-2, there remained a final 15-point set to decide the winner at Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Huskies were desperate to avoid another deflating loss that day, especially after a wire-to-wire battle in their second game. And in the fifth set they played like that.

With UW leading 8-6, Cal Poly connected for a kill to cut Washington’s lead to one. It was the last point of the evening for the Mustangs.


Ella May Powell cheers as teammate Marin Grote scores the game-winning point for the Huskies in Washington’s game against Cal Poly September 9 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Grote recorded a next point kill on an assist from Endsley, and Endsley was the only server to touch the ball for the rest of the game, earning six more points highlighted by kills from Grote, Endsley and Powell.

When the Huskies finally left the field for the night, it was in a very different tone than just hours before, when his winning streak was cut short.

Washington goes a week without a game before heading to Bozeman to face North Texas on Friday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.

Contact sportswriter Ethan Kilbreath at [email protected] Twitter: @EthanArles

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