No. 10 Volleyball Downs Redhawks

Sept. 18, 2008

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SEATTLE - It was business as usual for the Huskies as No. 10 volleyball racked up its eighth win of the season Thursday night, defeating crosstown rival Seattle U., 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-11).

Six members of the Huskies hit over .375 in the win and freshman Lauren Barfield notched her first collegiate kills, connecting on three of her four swings. Barfield also recorded a service ace and both a block solo and a block assist for the Dawgs.

'It's a dog-fight in practice,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin about Barfield's progress. 'She is a physical, physical kid. She's really closed the gap, which makes everyone else work harder. She's going to get it, possibly this season. I'm a big fan of hers.'

The Huskies boasted a balanced attack against the Redhawks, with six players recording six or more kills. Sophomore outside hitter Becky Perry provided firepower for the Huskies, scorching eight kills on 11 swings for a .727 attack percentage and zero hitting errors. Sophomore Kindra Carlson led the team in kills with a match-high 13 and juniors Airial Salvo and Jill Collymore each contributed eight kills. Senior Jessica Swarbrick and freshman Bianca Rowland rounded out the Washington attack, each posting six kills.

As a team, the Dawgs hit .439 and collected 53 kills. The Huskies held the Redhawks to just .039 hitting. Washington racked up 47 assists to Seattle's 14 and 9.5 blocks to Seattle's 2.0.

The third set was the most dominating for the Dawgs as the team hit an outstanding .633, while holding the Redhawks to just .150. Washington took the first three points of the set before allowing Seattle on the board. The Huskies then took three more points off a kill by Carlson and a service ace and a kill by Barfield, before allowing the Redhawks to score again. Washington put up an 11-5 scoring run to shut the Redhawks down and drive the score to 18-7. Two of Seattle's final four points came off service errors by the Huskies, a problem which also plagued the Dawgs in the second set.

The second stanza was beset with errors as Washington gave up five points to Seattle on service errors and another four points on attack errors. The Redhawks kept the match close through the first several points, staying within two points until the score was 3-2. The Huskies put together a five-point run to drive the score to 8-2 before allowing three points. With the match score at 10-5, the Dawgs put together another four-point run to take the score to 13-6, forcing the Redhawks into a timeout. Seattle took the next three points coming out of the break, all on Husky errors, driving the score to 13-9. The Redhawks stayed almost point-for-point with the Huskies through several points, but Washington took a four-point run and then a 5-2 scoring drive to finish the set.

Washington came out strong in the first set, allowing the fewest points in a set this season, holding the Redhawks to just nine. It was the first time since the 2005 national championship season that the Huskies held an opponent to a single-digit total for a set. After scoring the first two points of the set on a service error by Seattle and a kill by Collymore, Libby Graff, who led the Redhawks in kills, pounded down a kill to get the Redhawks on the board. Washington then took seven straight points to shut Seattle down. The Dawgs would also notch scoring runs of six and four points during the set.

'It's all about preparation,' said McLaughlin. 'I really liked this week. We were so prepared for practices this week that we played at a high level tonight. We are our biggest obstacle right now. It's those little plays that, when we make them, are going to make us a great team.'

Washington is back in action Friday night, Sept. 19 at 7pm in the second match of the Husky Fever Volleyball Classic, co-hosted by Seattle U. The Huskies take on No. 17 San Diego Friday night in the Bank of America Arena. Saturday, the Redhawks face the San Diego Toreros in the Connolly Center. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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