SEATTLE -- In front of a season-high crowd of 4,803 at Alaska Airlines Arena, second-ranked Washington dispatched 11th-ranked Oregon in straight sets to set a school record with its 24th consecutive win, and the new best start in school history at 24-0. The Husky right side hitters could do no wrong, as senior Kaleigh Nelson and freshman Crissy Jones combined for 19 kills on a .548 attack percentage to lead the way against the Ducks (17-6, 7-6 Pac-12) by a count of 25-20, 25-18, 25-20.
With setters Bailey Tanner and Katy Beals feeding the right side, Nelson, a third team All-American last year, hit for 11 kills on 16 swings with just one error for a .625 attack percentage. From the same spot, Jones had eight kills and hit .467. Senior All-American Krista Vansant led all players with 15 kills, hitting .250, and she passed the 1,700 career kills mark in the first set, the third Husky ever to do so. Washington hit .366 as a team to the .261 mark of Oregon.
UW also got big contributions from Melanie Wade, who had five kills on a .455 percentage, and eight kills from freshman Tia Scambray at a .304 clip. Junior Cassie Strickland had 18 digs as the Huskies outdug Oregon, 50 to 44, and Strickland also had three of UW’s five aces plus a career-high seven assists from her libero spot. Tanner had 22 assists and nine digs, with Beals adding 18 and 6.