SEATTLE – The third-ranked Husky volleyball team used a wide array of contributors tonight to overwhelm Coppin State in straight sets in front of 1,310 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena. Twelve Huskies saw the court, as Washington (7-0) cruised to a 25-4, 25-11, 25-18 win. The four points allowed in the first set is a school record since rally scoring began in 2001.
“I want to give them credit. Coppin State got its defense in order and didn’t back away,” said Head Coach Jim McLaughlin. “These are somewhat tough matches but you can learn a lot from them. We came out and we were really on task, and then all of a sudden we weren’t on task, we miss serves and miss a couple sets, so we’ve got to take more ownership of what we do. We’re going to have to play a complete game at some point.”
The Huskies hit .388 for the match and opened things with a 20-1 run on senior Jenna Orlandini’s serving. Junior Kaleigh Nelson had 10 kills and senior Kylin Muñoz had nine on a .471 attacking clip. Sophomore Melanie Wade had six kills and six blocks, hitting .400, and senior Jenni Nogueras had 29 of the 39 assists. Orlandini had team-highs of four aces and 12 digs. Junior Krista Vansant only played the first set, posting six kills on eight swings for a .750 attack percentage. Every Husky saw the court save for freshmen Bailey Tanner and Carly DeHoog who have yet to make their collegiate debuts.
The Huskies ran out to an early 6-1 lead in set one behind a Vansant kill and a couple blocks with Melanie Wade in on both. Coppin State took time, but was met out of the break with another block from Wade and Vansant. Orlandini continued to roll along on serve, tossing in an ace for a 10-1 lead. Vansant and Muñoz put several shots away as the lengthy run continued until another timeout at 16-1. Wade and Muñoz had another stuff and Orlandini had another ace for 18-1. The run finally ended as Orlandini served long, but at that point the Huskies had built a 20-2 lead, and won 19 points in a row. Coppin State’s first kill did not come until the 24-3 mark, and Wade ended the set with kill on a slide set. Vansant had six kills on eight swings in the first set as UW hit .562 in the frame and Coppin State was well in the red numbers with one kill but 10 errors. Wade had five block assists to lead the defense.
Washington tinkered with its lineup a bit in set two, with Kaleigh Nelson and Cassie Strickland getting some time on the left pin with Vansant on the bench. Consecutive kills from Wade put the Huskies up 6-3 early. Nelson had an ace for a 9-6 lead. Sophomore Kim Condie checked in to serve and produced a block from Lianna Sybeldon and Gabbi Parker and a CSU error for 12-7 and an Eagles timeout. Muñoz had another kill and then Orlandini got on another service run, as she served seven points in a row, taking the lead up to 21-10. Nelson had a trio of kills in the run. On set point, Nelson had a fourth kill to end things, 25-11. The Huskies hit .312 in the set with four kills apiece from Nelson and Muñoz.
The Huskies quickly ran out to a 7-1 lead in the third set and never looked back. Redshirt freshman Justice Magraw checked in to serve, and Nelson went off for four kills in the first seven points of the set. Coppin State began to side out more consistently during the middle part of the set, but another ace from Orlandini made it 16-8 Huskies and the Eagles called timeout. Katy Beals aced the defense and Parker put one off the back row and out for a kill for 20-11 and Coppin State’s last timeout. Parker obliterated one set in the middle that set off the Dawg Pack. At match point, the Eagles made a great stand, digging several balls and forcing a couple Husky errors, but Muñoz capped things off with her ninth kill to seal it, 25-18.
Washington will close out nonconference play tomorrow night against Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m.