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Cardinal’s winning streak put to an end! The Huskies thrilled a record-breaking audience for a 3-1 win in Seattle

 

In the most anticipated match of the Pac-12 season, the Washington Huskies defeated the previously unbeaten Stanford Cardinal 3:1 (25-18, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20) at home in Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. The match was watched live by 8,646 people, thus becoming not only the NCAA volleyball game with the highest attendance this season, but also Washington’s biggest crowd in the university’s history.

By winning their last 28 matches, the Cardinal had clinched at least a joint-first place in the league. They will face Berkeley away tomorrow for the last game of the regular season in an attempt to secure the trophy just for themselves.

The Huskies, who before yesterday’s game were ranked 5th with just two losses, kept their chances for the title alive and will now be hoping to beat Washington State in their last game and for the Berkeley Bears to beat Stanford.

Top-scorer of the game became Krista Vansant from the Huskies with 21 points. Freshman Tia Scambray added 12. For Stanford, outside hitter Jordan Burgess and middle blocker Inky Ajanaku both finished with 16 points, which were not enough to help their team leave the Northwest with a win. The Cardinal committed a total of 37 errors which proved decisive for the loss.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS

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Jim McLaughlin, Washington Huskies, coach

“It’s just awesome! This team’s got what it takes — all the things you need. This kind of reinforces that”, said head coach Jim McLaughlin. However, the coach noted how important it is not to lose concentration on their last game: “I have to be the bad guy and tell them we got to get ready for Pullman. If we can maintain a focus and keep the distractions away, we’ve got a shot [for the regular season title].”

Krista Vansant, Washington Huskies

“I know it’s a really anticipated match. We tried not to worry about this match before this match happened. I think right after we beat Arizona State, Jim [McLoughlin] finally said we can think about Stanford and I think we were just all really excited for this game. We had a great crowd and it’s really so awesome to win in front of a great crowd like this.”

“We think about [the playoffs] a lot and we know what can happen. It’s a one and done thing, so we know how important each match is and we were trying to work on working on each point at a time and really focused on that during this match”, added the delighted senior who played her last regular season home game.

John Dunning, Stanford Cardinal, coach

“It’s always serve and pass. They won the serve-and-pass game, from the very first play. They just out-offensed us. They hit 50 points, 60 points higher than anybody has hit against us all year”, claimed Dunning.

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