No. 9 Volleyball Drops Heartbreaker to No. 10 Hawai'i, 3-2

Sept. 14, 2008

HONOLULU - The No. 9 Husky volleyball team lost a heartbreaker to 10th-ranked Hawai'i Saturday night in the final match of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, 3-2 (20-25, 27-29, 26-24, 25-14, 16-14). Washington slips to 7-1 with the loss, while the Wahine improves to 7-2.

Offensively, the Dawgs got a career night out of sophomore outside hitter Kindra Carlson. Carlson broke nearly every personal best she held, including kills, attacks, aces, blocks and points. The Eaton, Colo. native tallied a team-best 22 kills on 53 attacks. Carlson served up two aces and contributed seven digs and seven block assists to the Huskies' efforts. Senior Jessica Swarbrick led the team in hitting with a .571 average with 13 kills on 21 swings. Junior outside hitter Airial Salvo had another solid outing, posting a double-double with 14 kills (.324) and 20 digs.

On defense, sophomore Jenna Hagglund put up a season-high 60 assists and chipped in seven digs and two block assists. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro pitched in 14 digs and a block assist. Swarbrick led the team in blocks with a team-high nine block assists, followed by Carlson and freshman Bianca Rowland with seven block assists each.

As a team, the Huskies hit .353 on the evening with only 13 errors on 156 total attacks, compared to Hawaii's .260 attack percentage with 29 errors on 173 attacks. Washington also held the advantage in blocks, 17.0-7.0. The Rainbow Wahine held the edge in assists (73-65), but the teams were tied in digs at 59 all.

The Huskies looked to have the match well in hand with an easy 25-20 win in the first set and a close 29-27 win in the second. But Hawai'i came back to win three straight sets, two in extra points.

In the decisive fifth set, the teams battled through 10 ties and seven lead changes. Washington took the first point off a kill by Swarbrick, but the lead was short-lived as the Wahine won the next two points. Neither team was able to build more than a two-point lead at any time. With the set tied at 14-14, Hawai'i put down two straight kills to win the set.

Hawai'i won the first point in the fourth set off a kill by Stephanie Ferrell, but immediately gave the point back on a service error. The teams traded points until Hawai'i asserted its control of the set by piecing together a three-point run then a five-point run. The Huskies simply could not catch up and the Wahine ended the set on a six-point, three service ace run to down the Dawgs. Washington hit .391 in the set, but Hawai'i hit .444, connecting for 15 kills on 27 swings.

The third set was hard-fought as neither team was willing to cede control. Washington earned the first two points of the set, but Hawai'i responded with five straight to go up, 5-2. The Huskies tied the set at 8-8, but gave up the go-ahead point on a kill by Amber Kaufman. Washington kept the set close, never allowing the Wahine to build a lead, but Hawai'i pieced together a three-point run at the end to close down the Huskies.

Set two started with a block by Carlson and Rowland to notch a Washington point. Hawaii took a brief advantage early, but the Huskies went on an 8-2 scoring run. The teams traded points, with neither team willing to give up the edge. But Washington finally put the Wahine away on a kill by Swarbrick and a Hawai'i attack error to close the set.

Washington dominated the first set, taking the first point off a kill by Carlson. The Huskies' offense was firing on all cylinders, with kills by Carlson, Collymore and Salvo and a service ace by Carlson. Defensively, Washington looked sharp with strong blocks set up by Rowland, Carlson, Swarbrick and Collymore. The Huskies controlled the pace of the first set and put the Wahine down on a final three-point run with Carlson's second service ace putting the exclamation point on the set.

Washington is back in action Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18 and 19 at 7pm each night, as the Huskies host their second and final home tournament of the season. Thursday night, Washington hosts Seattle U. in the Bank of America Arena in the first match of the Husky Fever Volleyball Classic. Friday night, the Huskies will face No. 21 San Diego to close out the tournament. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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