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A mid-week test against the Bruins is followed by a top-five tilt with the Trojans on Friday.
UCLA On Wednesday, No. 4 USC On Friday For Dawgs
Release: 11/12/2013
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#3 Washington hosts UCLA • 6:00 p.m.
Alaska Airlines Arena
Live on the Pac-12 Network

#3 Washington hosts #4 USC • 6:00 p.m.
Alaska Airlines Arena
Live on the Pac-12 Network

SEATTLE - A quick turnaround greets the third-ranked Huskies this week, as UCLA comes to town this Wednesday, Nov. 13, followed by a showdown with fourth-ranked USC at Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday evening, Nov. 15. Both matches will be pivotal as the Huskies (21-1, 13-1 Pac-12) look to maintain their spot atop the Pac-12 standings with three weeks left in the regular season. Start time for both matches this week is 6 p.m.

The Pac-12 Networks will televise both matches live this week. Washington had a quick and successful trip to the desert last weekend, defeating Arizona State and Arizona on Saturday and Sunday to extend its win streak to 11 in a row, the best for UW in conference since a 12-match streak in 2006. Senior libero Jenna Orlandini was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, as she averaged 6.14 digs per set in the two wins. Junior Kaleigh Nelson also had a big weekend, averaging 4.86 kills and 1.57 blocks per set while hitting .342.

Washington won the first meetings with UCLA and USC just three weeks ago in Los Angeles, both by 3-1 scores. It was the first L.A. road sweep for the Dawgs since 2008. The Bruins (13-11, 4-10 Pac-12) have played better since setter Megan Moenoa has been healthy enough to play six rotations. They have had hard-luck five set losses at California and home vs. Oregon recently. Karsta Lowe is one of the best right side hitters in the country, ranking fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.25 kills per set. Lowe had a match-high 21 kills in the first meeting.

USC has won four straight since the Huskies got the win in the Galen Center. The Trojans (22-3, 12-2 Pac-12) have stayed one game behind UW thanks in large part to big road wins at Stanford and Cal two weeks ago, followed by home wins over the Oregon schools last week. USC is second behind UW in aces per set with 1.32, led by conference leader Samantha Bricio who averages 0.73 per set. Senior Natalie Hagglund is one of the best liberos in the nation and leads the league with 5.28 digs per set. USC is outhitting its opponents .283 to .179 this year.

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