No. 9 Volleyball Falls to No. 6 Stanford
Oct. 5, 2008
SEATTLE - The No. 9 Huskies faced their second straight top-10 opponent in Pac-10 rival No. 6 Stanford and faced a similar result, falling 3-0 Sunday (25-17, 25-15, 27-25). With the loss, Washington slips to 11-3 on the season, 2-2 in Pac-10 play.
Sophomore Kindra Carlson led the Dawgs in hitting, recording 11 kills and a .222 attack percentage. As a team, Washington also recorded three service aces, with junior Airial Salvo, sophomore Jenna Hagglund and senior Jessica Swarbrick each contributing one. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro notched a team-high 13 digs on defense and four Huskies each chipped in a block assist. Hagglund put up a match-high 25 assists.
'We hit the ball out a lot, which is a function of composure,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We have to have better composure out there, we've got to take good swings and play aggressively. We have a lot of things to work on. We've got to learn from this and develop tough swings and make the right choices.'
Washington struck first in the third set, marking the first time the team had done so in the match. The Cardinal rebounded to take three straight points before the Huskies bounced back to tie the set at 3-3. The teams would tie three more times before Stanford used a 7-2 scoring drive to take a five point lead. Down by four, Miyashiro served the Dawgs to five straight points to take the lead for the first time since the first set, 20-19. Stanford tied the match at 20 all on a kill by Alix Klineman before taking a 21-20 lead. The two teams battled for control, tying again at 21-21, 22-22 and 23-23. With Stanford up 24-23 and match point on the line, the Cardinal's Erin Waller made a service error, tying the match again at 24-24. A kill by Stanford put the Cardinal up by one at 25-24, with match point again on the line. Becky Perry came up big for the Huskies, pounding out a kill to tie the set at 25-25. A service error by Washington swung momentum back in the Cardinal's favor and a well-timed block by Stanford shut Washington down for the match.
The second set was a struggle for the Huskies as Stanford out-scored the Dawgs 5-1 early. Washington was never able to put together runs of longer than two points. The Huskies were paced on offense by Jill Collymore (3-1-6, .333) and Carlson (4-1-11, .273). Carlson also chipped in defensively, recording the Huskies' one block solo on the afternoon.
In the first stanza, Washington came out strong, tying the match at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 before taking the lead. The Huskies were up 5-3 before the Cardinal used a four point run to take control of the set. Though the Dawgs were able to rebound and tie the set at 7-7, Stanford pulled away on a five point scoring drive and the Huskies could not recover. Swarbrick and Carlson each recorded two kills for the Huskies in the first set and four others contributed one each. Swarbrick also recorded the team's only ace in the first set.
The Huskies will hit the road next weekend, for their third weekend of conference play. Washington will visit No. 5 UCLA next Friday, Oct. 10 at 7pm and No. 4 USC next Saturday, Oct. 11 at 6pm. For the complete schedule and live scoring, visit GoHuskies.com.