Washington can earn outright Pac-12 volleyball title Friday
No. 5 Huskies beat Oregon State on Wednesday to earn at least a share of conference championship. They can clinch it outright by beating WSU at home.
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Jim McLaughlin doesn’t like to share when it comes to Pac-12 championships, and the Washington volleyball coach won’t have to if his Huskies beat rival Washington State on Friday night.
The No. 5 Huskies, who clinched a share of the conference title by beating Oregon State in four sets late Wednesday, can win an outright Pac-12 championship with a victory in Friday’s 8 p.m. match at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. Washington (25-2, 17-2 Pac-12) leads Stanford (23-5, 16-3) with one match left. Washington State (18-14, 5-14) was swept by Oregon on Wednesday in Pullman.
The Huskies are trying to win their first conference championship since 2005, the same season they won their only NCAA championship.
“I just want to see Washington on the trophy,” said McLaughlin. “It’s just way better when you get it outright. We’ve got a piece of it but we don’t want to share.”
Krista Vansant led the Huskies with 15 kills Wednesday, and Kaleigh Nelson had 13. Washington, which beat Oregon State 25-17, 25-11, 24-26, 25-10, dealt WSU its first loss of the season 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 in both team’s Pac-12 opener in Pullman on Sept. 25.
On Sunday, Washington will find out its seeding and opponent for the NCAA tournament, and is expected to host an NCAA regional match Thursday. Seattle’s KeyArena is the site of the 2013 NCAA Final Four, Dec. 19-21.
Seattle Times staff reporter Jayda Evans, Washington and Washington State sports information reports contributed to this article.