Volleyball Wins Two At Husky Classic

Sept. 8, 2006

SEATTLE-- Freshman libero Tamari Miyashiro led the fifth-ranked Washington volleyball team (7-1) to a pair of sweeps Friday at the Husky Classic. Miyashiro collected 36 digs on the day, averaging 6.00 digs per game to anchor a UW defense that held opponents to a dismal .039 hitting percentage. Washington defeated UMBC, 3-0 (30-13, 30-19, 30-21) in the opener and capped off the night with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-15, 30-17) trouncing of North Dakota State in front of 909 fans at Bank of America Arena.

The victories extend Washington's home win streak to 19 matches, dating back to the 2004 season and improves its tournament record to 3-0.

Washington def. UMBC, 3-0

The Huskies dominated in every statistical category in securing a 3-0 win over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Friday morning, winning by scores of 30-13, 30-19 and 30-21.

Sophomore Jill Collymore, senior Janine Sandell and sophomore Jessica Swarbrick led Washington offensively as they combined for 28 kills and a .471 hitting percentage. Sandell added 10 digs in the match. All three are new starters this season with Sandell transferring in from UC Santa Barbara.

'I like these type of tournaments for this team because we are young,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We need to play a lot and train well. We need to get some things in place and transfer what we're doing to game day. There is no set line-up with this group. We are going to compete all year and battle. We are going to play the kids who are playing well- everyone gets an opportunity.'

Collymore led the Dawgs with 12 kills against the Retrievers, while Sandell, Swarbrick and Stevie Mussie chipped in eight kills apiece.

Senior All-American Courtney Thompson paced the Huskies to a .343 hitting percentage and picked up 35 of Washington's 44 assists in the match.

Miyashiro continued her strong play in the back row registering 23 digs.

Washington jumped out to a quick start, hitting at a .500 clip in the first game. UMBC (3-3) hung around, but could not keep up with the potent offensive attack of the Huskies. In game one, Washington had 21 kills to UMBC's five. It was a stark contrast to the night before when the Huskies started off slow against Portland State.

For the match Washington had 49 kills to UMBC's 29, while also holding strong advantages in hitting percentage (.343-.044), assists (44-28) and blocks (9.0-2.0).

In game two the Huskies were not nearly as successful hitting, but won despite a .147 percentage. Defensively Washington held UMBC to a -.049 hitting percentage. It was a struggle the entire match for UMBC to keep its kills on par with its errors. In game two the Retrievers had two more errors than kills.

Game three saw the Huskies take control early, using a 6-0 run to go up 20-11 and roll to the 30-17 win.

Washington def. North Dakota State, 3-0

Washington hit at a scorching .424 clip in the nightcap vs. North Dakota State, while holding the Bison to a .033 hitting percentage.

Junior All-American Christal Morrison led all players with 15 kills, while Mussie and Swarbrick added 11 kills apiece.

Thompson dished 45 assists in the match and Miyashiro anchored the defense with 13 digs.

'We're getting better and I am seeing more good things,' said McLaughlin. 'There are still a lot of things that we need to work on, but that's just the nature of where we are in the season- it's early.'

The Huskies jumped out to the 8-2 lead in game one and never looked back, rolling to the 30-19 win. Washington took its biggest lead at 29-17 with two kills and a block by Swarbrick and Swarbrick tallied game point to lift UW to the game one win.

Washington out-hit NDSU .371- -.114 in the set and was led by Morrison with six kills and Swarbrick with five. The Bison had seven kills and 11 errors in the game.

The Huskies raced out of the blocks again in game two, building a six-point lead at 10-4 after three consecutive Mussie kills, which triggered a NDSU timeout. Washington pushed its lead to 12 points at 20-8 after a 6-1 run. A pair of Morrison kills gave the Dawgs game point and a Bison setting error handed the Huskies the 30-15 game two win.

Washington out-hit NDSU .485-.167 in the set and was led by Mussie with eight kills and six digs.

The Huskies closed out the match with another dominating hitting performance in game three. UW used two 6-0 runs to take 20-11 and 26-14 leads, and cruised to the eventual 30-17 win.

Washington out-hit NDSU .419-.074 in the third game and was led by Alesha Deesing with five kills on six swings.

The Huskies close out tournament play Saturday with a 7 p.m. match vs. Gonzaga.

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