LOS ANGELES — The third-seeded University of Washington volleyball team moved a victory away from advancing the Final Four on Friday night with a sweep of 14th-seeded Kansas at USC’s Galen Center.
The Huskies (29-2) topped the Jayhawks (25-8) 25-18, 25-13, 26-24. Washington faces host and sixth-seeded USC (28-5) in the regional final today. The Trojans topped Brigham Young 32-30, 25-13, 21-25, 25-16 on Friday.
UW is 2-0 against USC this season, including a 3-1 victory at the Galen Center in late October. Today’s match is slated for a 8:30 p.m. start and will be telecast on ESPNU.
The Huskies were last in the national semifinals — and eventually won their second straight national championship — in 2006. This is the seventh regional final for Washington in coach Jim McLaughlin’s 13 seasons.
This year’s Final Four is Dec. 19 and 21 at KeyArena.
“We’re always kind of here (deep in NCAA tournament), we’re always knocking on the door,” McLaughlin told The Seattle Times. “So, hopefully, this time it opens.”
UW junior Krista Vansant topped a balanced attack with 10 kills and Lianna Sybeldon added eight kills and five block assists in handing the Jayhawks, who finished second in the Big 12, their first 3-0 loss of the season.
The Huskies led by 10 or more in each of the first two sets, but had to rally in the third game, eventually taking a 21-20 lead on an ace Katy Beals ace.