No. 9 Volleyball Dealt Tough Loss to No. 8 California

Oct. 3, 2008

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SEATTLE - The No. 9 Washington volleyball team was dealt a tough 3-0 loss by No. 8 California Friday night in the Bank of America Arena (28-26, 25-22, 25-23). With the loss, the Huskies slip to 11-2 (2-1 Pac-10), while the Bears improve to 13-1 (3-0 Pac-10).

The Husky defense had its work cut out for it against the Pac-10 leader in kills, but junior libero Tamari Miyashiro posted a match-high 26 digs in the Washington effort. The Huskies also led in blocks (6.0-3.0), with junior outside hitter Jill Collymore posting Washington's only block solo. Sophomore Kindra Carlson notched two block assists and senior Jessica Swarbrick recorded three block assists of her own. Jenna Hagglund, Bianca Rowland, Lauren Barfield, Becky Perry and Collymore each chipped in a block assist for Washington. Hagglund managed 43 assists for the Huskies and recorded six digs.

Washington had three players with 10 or more kills on the evening with Collymore putting down 15 (.278), Carlson notching 10 (.280) and Airial Salvo recording 10 (.250).

The Huskies came out strong in the first set, leading the Bears 4-3 before Carlson served the Dawgs on a six point scoring drive. Washington remained in control through the match's 40th point, when Cal knotted the score 20-20 on a Washington attack error. The two teams tied at every point between 20 and 26 before the Bears were finally able to put the set away in extra points.

In the second stanza, Washington struck first on a kill by Rowland and went up 3-0 on California before allowing the Bears on the board. The Huskies allowed Cal to tie the score three times, but maintained their lead late in the set until a three point run by the Bears pushed the score to 17-16. Washington took the next point on a kill by Salvo, but then gave up two to tie the score at 18-18. As the teams battled for control, they tied the score at 19-19, then at 20-20 and 21-21. A three point run by Cal put the Bears on top, 24-21. Washington denied Cal set point on a kill by Swarbrick, but the rally fell short and the Bears took the set, 25-22.

The Huskies started slowly in the first set, with Cal taking a quick 4-1 lead. Washington picked up two points off kills by Collymore and Carlson to get within a point. The Huskies stayed within two points of the Bears until Cal pieced together a three point drive to take the score to 14-10. Washington struck again on a kill by Carlson, but Cal responded with two more points. The Huskies found themselves down by five, 19-14, and out-scored the Bears, 6-3, to get within two again at 22-20. Washington made it interesting for the Bears, driving the score to 24-23, but California got match point on the next serve on a kill by Morgan Beck.

Washington is back in action Sunday, hosting No. 6 Stanford (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) at 12:30pm at the Bank of America Arena. The match will air live on FSN. For ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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