No. 7 Volleyball Routs No. 25 Oregon State, 3-0
Oct. 19, 2008
SEATTLE - The No. 7 Washington volleyball team continued its winning ways, downing No. 25 Oregon State, 3-0, on Sunday (25-14, 25-21, 25-13). The Huskies, who have won their last four straight matches, are now 15-3 on the season, 6-2 in Pac-10 play.
Washington started strong and continued to improve with each set, hitting a very respectable .290 in the first, improving to .350 in the second and finishing with an amazing .429 in the third. As a team, the Huskies made only eight attack errors on 99 attempts for an overall attack percentage of .354 for the match.
'We were pretty good start to finish and kept pressure on them,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We sided out really well and we played very good defense and we didn't miss any serves. We did the things we're supposed to do and so it was a good day.'
Sophomore Jenna Hagglund spread the attack evenly, picking up 38 assists and allowing three hitters to rack up double-figure kills. Kindra Carlson led the Washington offense with 10 kills on 17 swings for a .529 attack percentage. Junior Airial Salvo notched 11 kills on 32 swings for a .312 average and Jill Collymore added another 10 kills on 31 attacks. Senior Jessica Swarbrick registered the highest attack percentage for the Huskies, recording five kills on six swings with zero errors for an .833 hitting percentage. Freshman Bianca Rowland contributed six kills on 10 swings (.400), rounding out the Washington attack.
On defense, Washington was strong at the net, with three players each putting up a solo block (Carlson, Salvo and Swarbrick) and the team combining for 15 block assists. Swarbrick recrorded a match-high five block assists, Collymore and Carlson followed with three apiece and Hagglund and Rowland each chipped in two. In the backcourt, libero Tamari Miyashiro had another strong outing, racking up 24 digs. Three other Huskies tallied eight digs each (Salvo, Hagglund and Collymore).
As a team, the Huskies hit .354, while holding the Beavers to just .138. Washington tallied 43 kills, 42 assists, 54 digs and 10.5 blocks.
The third set was quick and decisive, with Washington taking the first point off a Collymore kill. The Beavers stayed close through the set's first 18 points, but Washington used a 5-2 scoring drive to distance itself from the Beavs. With the Huskies up 15-10, Oregon State used a timeout. Coming out of the break, the Beavers got a kill from Bree Knitter, but an OSU service error gave the point back to the Huskies. Oregon State tried to get it going with a kill by Camilla Ah-Hoy, but a Beaver service error put the ball back on Washington's side of the net. Hagglund served the Huskies to five straight points, the longest scoring run for either side in the third set, to drive the score to 22-12 Huskies. A Washington attack error gave the Beavers a point, but back-to-back kills by Rowland and Salvo closed out the match for the Huskies. Washington hit .429 with three errors in the third set, holding the Beavers to just .108 hitting.
Set two was the closest of the three, with Oregon State taking two of the first three points of the set. The teams battled through nine ties and five lead changes before Washington could finally establish an advantage. Down 11-10, the Huskies rattled off four straight points to go up 14-11. The Beavers never regained the lead. Oregon State kept pace with the Huskies, but could not overtake them, as Washington drove the score to 19-15. The Beavers took two off kills by Jill Swatzky and Lexie Rathgeber, forcing the score to 19-17 and Washington into a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Huskies took three straight off a Carlson kill, an ace by Salvo and a kill by Rowland, to go up 22-17. Washington got its last three points off kills by Collymore and Hagglund and a block by Carlson, Swarbrick and Collymore.
The first stanza started close with the teams tying twice before Washington could build a strong lead. With the set tied at 3-3, the Huskies outscored the Beavers 6-3 to go up 9-6. Washington never relinquished its lead, though Oregon State got within two five times. Up 14-12, Megan McAfee served the Dawgs to four straight points coming off two attack errors by Oregon State and a kill by Salvo. A kill by Rachel Rourke gave the Beavers another point, but Washington shut them down with four straight to drive the score to 22-13. Sawatzky tallied a kill for OSU, but the Huskies took the last three points of the set off two OSU errors and an ace by Swarbrick. Washington hit .290 in the first set, while holding the Beavers to .000.
'It takes composure to hit the ball in, especially in tight situations at the end of the game,' said McLaughlin about his team's improved hitting efficiency. 'But we talk about it, we work on it, we talk about it, we work on it and we're getting better at it.'
The Huskies are back in action next Friday, Oct. 24 at 7pm as they host in-state rival Washington State (7-12, 0-8 Pac-10). For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.
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