Huskies Sweep Oregon State
Oct. 7, 2006
SEATTLE-- The fifth-ranked University of Washington volleyball team (14-3, 4-2 Pac-10) used 13 service errors Saturday night en route to the 3-0 victory over Oregon State (3-11, 0-5 Pac-10) in front of 1,796 fans at Bank of American Arena. The strong serving performance comes on the heels of three shaky matches for the Huskies at the service line, including a pair of losses to No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 USC last week. Game scores were 30-14, 30-13, 30-15.
Washington's serve kept the Beavers on their heels all night as the its 13 service aces marked a season high. Sophomore Jill Collymore, who started the match in place of junior Stevie Mussie who was resting an aggravated knee, sparked Washington's offense with five aces, while Janine Sandell added three aces and Christal Morrison chipped in two.
'We served well tonight because we went for it,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Our mechanics were good and I thought that we played a lot more aggressive. I think you have to risk the aggressive serve. There is a cost benefit to it because you don't want to make too many errors. We know our standard and as long as we are in our standard while we are going for it we are fine and I thought we did that well tonight.
'Over the week Jill and Stevie will battle. Jill played well tonight and we'll see how practice goes. Stevie needed a little bit of rest because of her knee, but Jill was really earning some points out there tonight.'
Junior middle blocker Alesha Deesing headlined Washington's attack, tying her season-high with 14 points on a .417 hitting percentage. Morrison, Collymore and sophomore middle Jessica Swarbrick each recorded nine kills on the night.
Washington held statistical advantages in nearly every category, including hitting percentage (.378-.121), kills (50-25) and digs (45-28) but the real story came with the Huskies' dominate serving. UW picked up 13 aces and made just four service errors, while Oregon State made nine service errors and did not record an ace.
'We just played a lot better than last night,' said McLaughlin. 'I think that our girls came out prepared and ready to go. We played well from start to finish. We served and passed better. That opens everything up for us when there are not as many errors there. I thought that we blocked well. We stayed in a system and blocked well. We hit the ball in and did a nice job overall tonight.'
With the victory, Washington improves its home match win streak to 24 matches to extend the school record. The Huskies have not lost a match at home since the 2004 season when they dropped a five-game heartbreaker to USC.
The Huskies return to action next week when they host cross-state rival Washington State on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.