Battle With Cougars Marks Pac-12 Network Debut
Sept. 17, 2012
SEATTLE - Washington volleyball makes its debut on the Pac-12 Network this Tuesday, Sept. 18, as the Huskies head into Pac-12 play with a big home match against rival Washington State at 7 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. The fifth-ranked Huskies made it through the preseason unscathed with a 9-0 record, one of three Pac-12 teams without a defeat.
The Pac-12 Network will broadcast the match live on the Pac-12 Washington regional channel. Krista Blunk and Kelli Tennant are the announcing team for the match.
The last installment of the UW-WSU rivalry was one of the most dramatic matches of the 2011 season, as the Huskies were down two sets to the Cougars in Pullman before rallying for a 21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-19, 15-4 victory. Krista Vansant's 25 kills and 16 kills from Kylin Muñoz helped the Huskies pull off the comeback, with UW hitting .818 in the fifth set to close it out.
Washington State heads into Pac-12 play on a nine-match winning streak of its own. After starting the season 1-2, the Cougars have improved to 10-2, and junior Marcelina Glab won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after WSU won the Air Force Academy Invitational last week with three victories.
The match shakes up as a classic offensive-defensive struggle, as the Huskies lead the Pac-12 in attack percentage at .326, while the Cougars are the No. 1 team in opponent hitting percentage, limiting their opponents to a .092 mark, thanks in large part to a 3.28 blocks per set average that also leads the conference.