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College Update: Jenna Orlandini, Washington swept in Final Four

One-time Tologs standout calls it a career in NCAA semifinal.

December 19, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Jenna Orlandini of University of Washington women's volleyball team.(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Red Box Pictures)
Jenna Orlandini of University of Washington women's…

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Jenna Orlandini (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2008) Washington volleyball senior: Perhaps the end came quicker than anyone expected for both Orlandini and her Huskies at the NCAA Final Four semifinal on Thursday evening.

The No. 3-seeded Huskies, who entered having won seven straight matches, struggled to stay competitive and turned in their two worst sets of the season in falling to visiting second-ranked Penn State, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16, at Key Arena.

The loss ended a season in which Washington finished with a 30-3 record, won its first PAC-12 conference championship since 2005 and was hoping to also claim its first NCAA Division I title since that year.

In what was the senior libero’s collegiate swan song, the 5-foot-6 Orlandini finished with six digs, three off the pace of team-leader Krista Vansant.

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Orlandini added two aces and served a total of three times, once in each set.

What no one knew at the time was that Orlandini ended up serving the final time Washington had a lead in any set midway through the first.

Her serve in the first set, with Washington ahead, 11-9, was returned by Penn State’s Micha Hancock for a kill.

Hancock’s spike rotated the Nittany Lions setter to serve and helped fueled an impressive set-ending 16-3 run to clinch the victory.

Michael Davis (Glendale High, 2013) Brigham Young football freshman: Davis and his teammates were selected to participate in the Fight Hunger Bowl taking place at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. versus the University of Washington.

BYU enters the contest with an 8-4 mark, while Washington, which finished third in the Pac-12 North, is 8-4.

Davis, a true freshman, has seen plenty of action this season, having played at defensive back in eight games, while making his first-ever collegiate start in the Cougars’ season finale on Nov. 30, a 28-23 road victory versus Nevada.

In that contest, Davis finished with a season-high six tackles while the Cougars defense held high-flying Nevada, which entered averaging 27.3 points and 435.3 yards per contest, to 23 points and 363 yards.

Perhaps Davis’ most high-profile game came a week earlier when the Cougars went into Notre Dame and fell, 23-13, to the Fighting Irish on Nov. 23 in a nationally-televised contest on NBC.

Davis finished with three tackles and his play was singled out by a fellow member of the secondary the next day.

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