The Huskies end this strange season of volleyball in the same place where they finished the last 18 seasons. At the NCAA Tournament.
With no game since April 3, when they won the Pac-12 title in California, they want to start in the 48-team tournament (less than the usual 64 teams) in Omaha, Nebraska.
Washington (17-3) is No. 6 overall and has one of the top eight in the first round. Hassan, who is in the fifth row of the NCAA tournament, plays Dayton (14-1) in the second round on Thursday, which is in the opening round match on Wednesday 3. Defeated Towson with a score of 0.
The Huskies will play on Thursday at 12 o’clock Pacific time. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Washington started the season, which started a few months later because of COVID-19, on January 22 at home 3. Losing 0 to Arizona. Unlike other seasons, there are no non-conference meetings to make things easier.
“Some people have grown a lot,” said UW coach Keegan Cook. “It may not have been there for those first few weeks, but the picture immediately became clear that we were going to be hunting (for the Pac-12 title),” Cook said.
Winning the conference, Cook said it was “a challenge to resume in the middle of last week.”
“Our first few attempts, I did not think we were too sharp, but over the weekend, we were able to move on to have a number of good practices where everyone was healthy,” he said.
Cook, who said the Huskies were good enough to win the NCAA title, took the team to the Elite Eight three times.
In the last NCAA tournament in 2019, the Huskies lost to the main leader Baylor at the Elite Eight. The last final of their final took place in 2013.
“I would be lying if I did not say that (reaching the final quartet) is the main goal,” Cook said. “Of course, I feel responsible for returning the players to the program during the last weekend of the game. But if the epidemic has taught us anything, it is to look far ahead. “