No. 10 Volleyball Notches Come From Behind Win Over No. 8 UCLA

Oct. 10, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - After dropping two matches last weekend to Pac-10 rivals, the No. 10 Washington volleyball team picked up a hard-fought road win over No. 8 UCLA, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11. The Huskies improve to 12-3 overall, 3-2 Pac-10.

Sophomore Becky Perry led the Husky offensive charge, putting up monster numbers against the Bruins. Perry logged a career-best and match-high 33 kills, with a .289 attack percentage. She also contributed nine digs (making her one dig shy of a double-double) and four block assists. Perry's 76 attacks and 35.0 points marked both new career and match-highs. Junior Airial Salvo contributed 18 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Kindra Carlson recorded 11 kills and a block assist.

Jenna Hagglund had an outstanding performance against the Bruins, recording a huge double-double with 56 assists and 25 digs. The sophomore setter also managed two kills and two block assists. Libero Tamari Miyashiro carved out another big night, with the junior picking up 32 digs to go with seven assists and a service ace. Freshman Bianca Rowland had a huge blocking performance against UCLA, putting up eight of the Huskies' 25 block assists. She also chipped in two kills.

As a team, Washington led in attack percentage, .271-.228 and in blocks, 12.5-8.0. The two teams tied in service aces and digs, but the Huskies trailed in kills, attacks and assists.

The match started with Washington taking the first point in the first set on a UCLA attack error. The teams battled through eight ties and two lead changes before the Huskies firmly established control. With the Dawgs up 12-10, a service error by Nellie Spicer put the ball back on Washington's side of the net. Junior Megan McAfee proceeded to serve the Huskies to three straight points, two of which were off kills by Perry. Although Washington was at one time up by as many as seven points, the Bruins managed to rally toward the end of the set. Three times, the Huskies failed to get set point before head coach Jim McLaughlin called a timeout to regroup. Coming out of the break, Jessica Swarbrick nailed a kill to win the set.

In set two, UCLA took an early lead it would not relinquish. The Bruins started up 4-0 and took 10 of the set's first 15 points. Washington fought hard, but was unable to get closer than within three points throughout the set. The Huskies made it interesting for UCLA at the end of the second set, putting together a four point run to get to within a point, but the rally fell short and the Bruins tied the match at 1-1.

The third stanza was another tough road for the Huskies as they struggled to overcome an early 7-2 deficit. Washington used two three-point runs to tie the score at 11 all, then take a brief 12-11 lead. The Bruins knotted the score at 12-12 before a kill by Perry put the Dawgs back on top at 13-12. UCLA again tied the score at 13-13, but a kill by Swarbrick followed by a service ace by McAfee gave Washington a 15-13 advantage. The Bruins tied the score again at 15-15, but the Huskies retained their edge and led the set 22-19. A kill by Juliane Piggot put the Bruins within two and Jade Machado served UCLA to five straight points, notching a come-from-behind 25-22 win.

Set four was a dog fight with neither team able to assert control early. The Bruins held their largest lead at 12-10, but the Huskies rattled off four straight points to take a 14-10 advantage. Washington finally broke the stalemate when Swarbrick served the team to a six point scoring binge, taking a lead it would not relinquish, 22-16. A kill by Perry ended the set in the Huskies' advantage, forcing a deciding fifth set. The Huskies hit over .300 (.333) for the first time Friday evening, and held the Bruins to just .167 in the fourth.

The deciding set proved no less exciting than the four previous. A block by Salvo and Rowland kicked off the set for the Huskies, but the Bruins took a 3-2 lead. The two teams tied at every point between three and seven before a kill by Salvo and a costly attack error by Piggott shifted the momentum to Washington's side. UCLA called a timeout to regroup. Hagglund and Rowland combined for a block to drive the score to 10-7, Washington. The Bruins would not lay down, however, and reeled off two points of their own, forcing Washington into a timeout. A kill by Ali Daley tied the score at 10 all. The Huskies took the next two points to force UCLA into its second timeout of the abbreviated set. Washington scored again off a block by Rowland and Salvo before allowing the Bruins to take a point off a kill by Daley. With Washington up 13-11, Carlson and Perry each stepped up big for the Dawgs, notching two straight kills, putting the match away for Washington.

The Huskies are back in action Saturday night against Southern California (9-4, 2-2 Pac-10), which won its match Friday against Washington State. GameTracker will be available on GoHuskies.com. Next weekend, Washington returns home to face No. 11 Oregon and No. 25 Oregon State. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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