No. 10 Volleyball Knocks Off USC In Five Set Thriller

Oct. 11, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - Tenth-ranked Washington volleyball snapped No. 11 USC's 32-match home winning streak Saturday night in the Galen Center, defeating the Trojans, 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9). The women of Troy had not lost a single home match since the Galen Center opened in 2006.

For the second straight night, sophomore Becky Perry led the Huskies' offensive charge, picking up her first double-double of the season with a match high 24 kills to go with 13 digs. Junior outside hitter Airial Salvo recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Kindra Carlson chipped in 12 kills and eight block assists, while senior Jessica Swarbrick managed eight kills on 15 swings and freshman Bianca Rowland notched seven kills on 16 swings.

Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund paced the defense, notching her second double-double of the season. Hagglund put up 57 assists and 11 digs to go with a service ace and one block assist. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro dug out 30 balls and chipped in two assists in another very solid performance. On the blocking side, Swarbrick was outstanding, putting up a match-high 10 block assists.

The tone for the match was set early as the two teams battled through six lead changes and 12 ties in a tumultuous first set. Southern California took an early lead, going up 5-3 before the Huskies took two back to tie the set at 5-5. Washington took a brief lead, but the teams tied at every point between five and 11. With the score knotted at 11 all, the Trojans put together a three-point run to build their lead again. A kill by Perry put the ball back on Washington's side of the court and Megan McAfee served the Huskies to three straight points, giving the Huskies a 15-14 lead. The teams tied three more times, but the Trojans out-scored the Dawgs, 7-4 to end the set.

In the second set, the Trojans again struck first, but the Huskies quickly built a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish. At one point, Washington held an eight point lead (18-10) over USC. Southern California managed to close the gap toward the end of the set, trailing Washington by only three points, but Perry put down a kill for set point. The Huskies held USC to just .143 hitting in the second set.

Swarbrick started the third set by drilling a service ace for the Huskies, giving the Dawgs the first point of the set. The Huskies built a decent lead for themselves, going up 12-9 before giving up three points on a Trojan kill and two hitting errors. With the score tied at 12-12, Washington called a timeout to regroup. Two straight kills by Lauren Williams gave USC a 14-12 lead, but kills from Perry and Carlson and an attack error by the Trojans put the Huskies back on top, 15-14. The teams tied twice more and the Huskies managed to pull away with a tenuous two point lead, 20-18. Southern California would not give up, however, and tied the set again at 21-21, 22-22 and 23-23 before Perry and Carlson notched two straight kills to close out the set in Washington's favor.

Southern California controlled much of the fourth set, building an early 9-4 lead off two attack errors and a service error by Washington, forcing the Huskies into a timeout. The Dawgs continued to chip away at the Trojans' lead until they finally managed to tie the set score at 11 all. The next 16 points were contentious with the teams tying eight times before USC pulled away on a kill by Kimmee Roleder and a block by Roleder and Williams. Washington took its second timeout, but came out of the break to two Trojan blocks and a USC service ace, giving Southern California set point. Trailing 19-24, the Huskies rattled off three straight points of a kill by Perry and two blocks by Swarbrick and Carlson, cutting the Trojans' lead to one. Roleder and Williams teamed up again to block Perry's attack for set point.

In the deciding set, Southern California jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead, but kills by Perry and Swarbrick and a Trojan attack error gave Washington a 4-3 advantage. USC tied the score at 4-4 and again at 5-5 before Perry came down with a kill and Jill Collymore dished out an ace to give the Huskies an 8-5 edge. Washington allowed the Trojans to get within two (10-8), but used scoring drives of three points and two points to close out the match in its favor. The Huskies hit a scorching .409 in the abbreviated set, while holding the Trojans to just .095.

With the win, Washington improves to 13-3 on the season, 4-2 in Pac-10 play. Southern California slips to 9-5 overall, 2-3 in conference action.

The Huskies return home to face No. 7 Oregon next Friday, Oct. 17 at 7pm and No. 25 Oregon State next Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:30pm. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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