Huskies make a guest appearance in Colorado, Utah for the week before last

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#21 Washington meets Colorado, 7:00 p.m
Alaska Airlines Arena
Live on Pac-12 Networks Washington | Live Stats

#21 Washington meets Utah, 12:00 p.m
Alaska Airlines Arena
Live on Pac-12 Networks Washington | Live Stats

SEATTLE– The huskies are on the home straight and the best place for that is at home. Washington (18-8, 10-6 Pac-12) will play three of its last four regular-season games at the Alaska Airlines Arena, beginning this week with visits from Colorado and Utah, both of which will be televised on Pac-12 Networks. The Dawgs are battling to secure a potential bid for the 21st straight NCAA tournament with less than two weeks to go before Selection Sunday.

Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Colorado begins a four-game streak in eight days to end the regular season. The Huskies then host Utah at 12 p.m. Sunday before finishing the home season against USC next Wednesday and away in Washington State on Friday, Nov. 25. The next three home games will be the curtain call for UW’s Incredibles senior Shannon Crenshaw, Daniel Cole, Claire Hoffman, Marin Groteand Ella May Powellas well as Sianna Houghtonwhich will graduate this spring.

Washington has gone 1-1 for five straight Pac-12 weeks but got a boost when Emoni Busch returned to action in Sunday’s five-set win at Arizona State. Bush was UW’s second-best scorer for the season, .290 when she sprained her ankle before the Oct. 28 game with Cal and missed the next five games.

Colorado is just a game behind the Huskies in the Pac-12 by a 9-7 mark. The Buffs had a heartbreaking five-set home loss to No. 14 Oregon last week and then beat Oregon State in one shot. Due to the pandemic and unbalanced schedule, Colorado has not been to Seattle since 2019. CU is the top blocking team in the Pac-12 game at 2.74 per set. They beat .245 as a team for seventh place. Middle blocker Meegan Hart leads the Pac-12 with a .429 attack percentage and ranks fourth at 1.32 blocks per set. Lexi Hadrych had a whopping 22 kills against the Ducks. Maya Tabron leads the team overall with 3.19 kills per set in league play. The Huskies won in Boulder in the teams’ first meeting by four sets.

Utah also parted ways with the Oregon schools at home last week, coming back from 0-2 to beat Oregon State but falling to Oregon in four to go 8-8 in league play. Madelyn Robinson is second in the league with 4.39 kills per set while Vanessa Ramirez leads with 4.08 kills per set. Utah has hit .212 in 10th place in the conference, but they are third in digs per set with 14.35 and fourth in blocks with 2.40. Setter Emily Smith leads the team with 9.15 assists per set plus 34 aces (.37/set). Freshman middle KJ Burgess posts 1.23 blocks a set and hits .370.