No. 5 Huskies Widen Their Pac-10 Second Place Margin With 3-1 Win Over No. 8 Oregon
Nov. 16, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - The fifth-ranked Huskies (21-4, 12-3 Pac-10) pulled off a huge 3-1 win over No. 8 Oregon Sunday (25-22, 22-25, 31-29, 25-20), snapping the Ducks' (21-6, 9-5 Pac-10) 15-match home winning streak and widening their Pac-10 second-place margin to two games over California. Sophomore Jenna Hagglund recorded 52 assists in the outing, giving her 2,511 career assists, moving her into sixth place all-time at Washington.
Hagglund recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 52 assists and 14 digs, while also registering two kills on three attacks and a service ace. Hagglund effectively spread the offense with three hitters notching double-figure kills and two more recording nine kills each. Sophomore Becky Perry led the Washington offense with 20 kills and a service ace. Perry also chipped in five digs, a solo block and six block assists. Junior Airial Salvo was second on the team in kills with 12 and third on the team in digs with 10, good for her sixth double-double of the season. Freshman Bianca Rowland had a career day against the Ducks, notching a career-high 11 kills on a career-high 21 swings. She also tied her career high in blocks, putting up eight block assists.
Jessica Swarbrick had a strong outing in Eugene, pounding out nine kills on 12 swings (.667) with two digs and three block assists. Jill Collymore chipped in nine kills as well, to go with one ace and four block assists.
Tamari Miyashiro registered a match-high 23 digs and picked up her third ace in two matches.
As a team, Washington hit .272 on the afternoon, with a match-high .351 in the first set. The Huskies also out-blocked the Ducks 12.0-11.0.
The decisive fourth set was a battle as neither team could take control early, fighting through seven ties and three lead changes. Washington finally got out to a 9-7 advantage, but the Ducks used a five point run to build a 13-10 lead. Oregon held their lead until the Huskies came back to tie the set at 15 all. The Ducks called a timeout to slow the Dawgs down, but Washington took the next three points to take the score to 18-15. Oregon took three points back to again tie the score at 18-18. A kill by Salvo and an Oregon attack error gave Washington a 20-18 edge. An error by Washington put the Ducks within a point, but the Huskies shut Oregon down, out-scoring the Ducks 5-1 to finish the set and match for Washington.
Set three started with Oregon striking first, taking the set's first two points and building a 5-3 lead. The Ducks retained their lead through most of the set, not allowing Washington to get closer than two points. Trailing 20-16, Perry laced a kill to start the Huskies rolling. With Salvo serving, Washington pieced together two more points to move within one. Oregon took a point back, but a kill by Rowland stopped the Ducks cold. The Huskies scored again off an attack error by Oregon to tie the set at 21-21. A block by Collymore and Swarbrick gave Washington its first lead of the set, 22-21. Oregon tied the score at 22-22, setting off a string of six more score ties and two lead changes. The Huskies won the battle, taking the set's final two points off a kill by Salvo and an emphatic service ace by Perry.
Oregon set the tone early in the second set, jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead they would not relinquish. The Huskies managed to tie the score twice in the second stanza, but never overtook the lead. The Ducks hit .341 in the set, while holding Washington to .275.
The Huskies used an eight point run to rally back from four points down to take the win in an exciting first set. Oregon took the first point of the set and stretched their lead to 5-3. Washington managed to tie it up at five all and then took a 7-6 lead, but the Ducks came back to take a 10-9 lead. Oregon quickly built a four point cushion, with the Huskies trailing 18-14. A kill by Salvo followed by a kill by Perry put Washington within two. Perry and Rowland teamed up for a block to bring the Huskies to within one, forcing Oregon into a timeout. Coming off the break, a kill by Perry tied the set and a block by Perry and Rowland put Washington in the lead, 19-18. The Huskies would take three more points off a block by Perry and Rowland, a kill by Salvo and a service ace by Hagglund, building a 22-18 lead. Washington gave up four points, but held on to a slim 23-22 edge. The Huskies called a timeout to regroup, and then finished strong with back-to-back kills by Collymore and Swarbrick to end the set.
Washington is back in action next Friday night as the Huskies travel east to Pullman, Wash. to face in-state rival Washington State (8-18, 1-14 Pac-10) at 8pm. The Huskies wrap up the regular season the following weekend at home, hosting Arizona on Nov. 28 at 7pm and Arizona State Nov. 29 at 7:30pm. Washington will also host NCAA Regionals on Dec. 12 and 13 at the Bank of America Arena. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.
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