No. 6 Volleyball Falls To No. 4 Stanford, 3-0

Oct. 31, 2008

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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Fourth-ranked Stanford (18-3, 9-1 Pac-10) neutralized the Huskies (16-4, 7-3 Pac-10) Friday night in a tough three set sweep at Maples Pavilion, downing Washington, 3-0, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18.

'Stanford is a good team and to beat them at home, you've got to do a lot of things well,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We just shot ourselves in the foot. The margin of error is so slim against a good opponent and you just can't make those small errors.'

The No. 6 Huskies came out swinging, but found its usually powerful offense subdued by the Cardinal. Kindra Carlson was the lone Dawg to notch double-figure kills, coming in with 12 kills on the evening and a .320 attack percentage. Carlson also chipped in a dig and two block assists. Sophomore Jenna Hagglund picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 38 assists and 10 digs. Jessica Swarbrick pitched in seven kills and hit .364 for the evening, while Jill Collymore managed three service aces, her first multi-ace match since Sept. 27, while hitting .357 with six kills on 14 swings. Freshman Bianca Rowland led the team in attack percentage with a .571 average with four kills and three block assists.

Defensively, Washington was strong, with three players notching double-digit digs. Tamari Miyashiro led the Huskies with 12 digs and Hagglund and Becky Perry each chipped in 10. Airial Salvo scooped up nine digs. Washington put up 6.0 blocks, with all coming on block assists.

'We touched and controlled a lot of balls,' said McLaughlin. 'Our block was okay. We just couldn't convert defense to offense. We created opportunities, we just couldn't convert them.'

The Huskies went up 2-0 to start the third set and held on through two ties before giving up a 6-5 lead to Stanford. Washington got within two points twice more, but was never able to build enough offensive momentum to overtake the lead. Carlson pounded out seven kills in the third set, hitting at a .500 clip and the Huskies outdug the Cardinal 18-8.

In the second set, Stanford jumped out to a quick lead, but the Huskies tied the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before taking a 5-4 lead. The teams battled through four more ties before the Cardinal reeled off three straight points to take the lead, 11-8, and force Washington into a timeout. Coming out of the break, Washington won two points off a pair of kills by Collymore, getting within a point, 11-10. A kill by Foluke Akinradewo put Stanford up by two, but Washington earned the point back with a kill by Swarbrick. A kill by Collymore and two straight Collymore aces put the Huskies on top, 14-13, sending Stanford into a timeout. The Cardinal tied the score twice, but Washington maintained its lead, holding a 20-17 advantage and forcing Stanford into its second timeout. A kill by Alix Klineman and a Washington attack error put the Cardinal within a point and sent Washington into a timeout. The teams tied at 20-20, 21-21 and again at 22-22 before Stanford took the lead, 23-22. The Huskies scored once more, but the Cardinal put the set away, 25-23.

Set one saw Stanford take a commanding 9-4 lead early. Washington called a timeout to regroup and hung with the Cardinal, driving the score to 12-17 Stanford. The Huskies called their second timeout and came back out to take three straight points off kills by Perry and Rowland and a block by Carlson and Rowland, forcing Stanford into a timeout. The Huskies battled to tie the Cardinal at 19 all. The teams tied again at 20-20, 21-21 and 22-22. The Cardinal rallied to take three straight points to close out the set.

'We fought hard,' said McLaughlin. 'We're Washington; we have a lot of pride. We just have to be smarter and make better choices.'

The sixth-ranked Huskies are back in action Sunday as they travel to Berkeley to take on No. 5 California at 1pm. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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