No. 5 Volleyball Eastbound For Final Regular Season Road Match
Nov. 18, 2008
Setting The Scene: Eastbound To Pullman
Washington heads east to Pullman, Wash. for the final road contest of the regular season. The Huskies remain ranked No. 5 for the third straight week after dealing losses to Oregon State and No. 8 Oregon last weekend.
Pac-10 Title Hunt
The Huskies now have sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 after winning both of their weekend decisions and with Stanford defeating California last Friday. Washington is 12-3 in conference play while Cal is now 10-4. Stanford holds a 13-1 record in the league and will face two ranked foes this weekend in USC and UCLA. The Golden Bears also face UCLA and USC this weekend. Stanford could clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title if it wins out the pair of matches.
Last Time Out
Washington picked up two road wins last weekend, downing Oregon State in three and No. 8 Oregon in four. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund assisted her way into sixth-place all-time in Washington's record book, now holding 2,511 career assists. Hagglund could move up to fourth by the end of the season; she needs just 145 more assists to take fourth place all-time. At Oregon State, the Huskies coasted to a one-hour, 24-minute win in which the Dawgs hit .304 as a team. Hagglund notched her seventh double-double of the season with 39 assists and 10 digs. The Beavers challenged Washington in the second set, but fell 25-19, 26-24, 25-16. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro recorded two service aces in the sweep, marking her second consecutive multi-ace match (and third this season). A day and a half later, the Huskies battled through just their second four-set match of the season, toppling eighth-ranked Oregon, 3-1. Hagglund managed her eighth double-double of the season in 52 assists and 14 digs, while Airial Salvo picked up her sixth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs. Miyashiro led the Huskies defensively with 23 digs and freshman Bianca Rowland registered a career outing with a career-high 11 kills on a career-high 21 attacks to go with a career-high-tying eight block assists.
Scouting The Cougars
The Cougars (8-18, 1-14 Pac-10) and first-year head coach Andrew Palileo earned their first Pac-10 win last weekend with a close five-set decision over Oregon State. Washington State out-blocked the Beavers and hit .417 in the first set while holding Oregon State to just .079 in the set. Overall, Wazzu hit .148 in the match, while the Beavs hit .184. Jackie Albright paces the Cougar offense with 2.48 kills per set, followed by Cassie Robbins and Brittany Johnson with 2.25 and 2.24 kps respectively. Renee Bordelon sets the attack, averaging 9.22 aps, while Kelly Hyder is the libero with 4.04 dps. At the net, Brittany Tillman leads Wazzu in blocks, averaging 0.94 bps with 12 solo blocks on the season. Brittany Johnson is close behind with 0.61 bps and 18 solo blocks. Last weekend's win over OSU snapped the Cougars' 14-match losing streak.
About The Series
Washington and Washington State have met 75 times since 1975 in one of the longest rivalries in UW volleyball history. The Huskies hold the all-time series advantage, 54-21 and have won the last 11 straight meetings, including a 3-0 sweep of the Cougars on Oct. 24 at Bank of America Arena. Washington State last defeated the Dawgs on Nov. 8, 2002 in a three-set sweep (19-30, 20-30, 28-30) in Pullman, Wash.
1,000 Kills Club
Airial Salvo - The junior outside hitter now has 1,089 career kills, 238 of which have been at Washington.
1,000+ Digs Club
Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro is well on her way to her second thousand digs. The Kanaohe, Hawai'i native has 1,727 career digs, and needs 273 to become just the second libero in Washington history to break 2,000 digs.
Huskies In the National RankingsThe Huskies find themselves ranked in the top-25 in four statistical categories the NCAA tracks. Washington is currently ranked sixth in the nation (and third in the Pac-10) in hitting percentage with a team attack average of .293. The Huskies are also up a spot to 12th in the country (and fourth in the Pac-10) in assists per set with 13.29 aps. Washington comes in at 14th in the country (and fourth in the conference) in kills per set, averaging 14.27 kps. The Huksies are 16th (and second in the league) in winning percentage (.840).
Individually, sophomore Jenna Hagglund has taken the lead in the Pac-10 and is second in the country in assists per set, averaging 12.24. Jill Collymore leads the Pac-10 and is 35th in the nation in aces per set with 0.44. Last season's Defensive Player of the Year Tamari Miyashiro has climbed to 23rd in the country (and second in the Pac-10) in digs, averaging 5.03 dps. Jessica Swarbrick is 67th in the nation in blocks (1.11 bps) and Becky Perry is 58th in the nation in kills per set (3.73).
Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is currently ranked second in the nation in assists per set with an average of 12.24 and has taken the lead in the Pac-10.
Hagglund overtook sixth place all-time in career assists during the road trip to the Oregon schools. She tallied 91 assists over the two matches (39 against Oregon State and 52 against Oregon) to run her career total to 2,511 assists.
At her current clip, Hagglund could well be in fourth place all-time by the end of 2008 (she needs just 114 to take possession of fifth and 145 to take fourth) and could challenge Husky legend Courtney Thompson (6,552) for the top spot by the end of her Husky career.
Junior Airial Salvo has seen significant playing time this season, playing in 86 of Washington's 89 sets. Salvo, who transferred from Utah last season and sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules, has been one of UW's most consistent performers. Salvo has racked up 238 kills (2.77 kps) and is second on the team in digs (2.38 dps). She's also second on the team in service aces with 23 (0.27 saps), including recording four against UCLA on Nov. 9 to help power the Huskies to a win.
Rollin' Rollin' Rowland
Bianca Rowland, a true freshman, has found herself playing in 88 of the Huskies' 89 sets, and all 57 of Washington's Pac-10 sets. So far this season, Rowland has 112 kills on 233 swings (1.27 kps) and is hitting at a .313 clip. The Lynnwood, Wash. native also has two solo blocks and 70 block assists on the season and is third on the team with 0.82 blocks per set. Rowland had a career night at eighth-ranked Oregon on Nov. 16, placing a career-high 11 kills on a career-high 21 attacks and a career-high-tying eight block assists.
Jessica Swarbrick continues to gain on third place in the Husky record book in total blocks. So far, the senior has 461 total blocks. She needs just 14 more blocks to pass Darla Myhre for third place all-time. In addition, Swarbrick has 427 career block assists, putting her in sole possession of fourth place in that category as well. She needs just 24 more block assists to take displace Mhyre for third in block assists.
So far in 2008, Swarbrick is hitting a team-leading .427 with 179 kills on 321 swings, highlighted by a perfect, errorless performance against Pacific on 9/11/08, in which she had eight kills on eight attacks.
Washington's defense is led by 2007 National Defensive Player of the Year Tamari Miyashiro. Miyashiro, a junior libero, racked up 622 total digs last season. So far in 2008, Miyashiro has picked up an additional 448 digs, giving her a career total of 1,727, just 312 digs short of breaking Candace Lee's all-time Washington record for career digs. At her current clip, Miyashiro should out-pace Lee's mark by mid-season 2009.
As a team, the 2008 Huskies hold a 14.89-14.17 advantage in digs, lending credence to the phrase, 'Nobody digs like a Dawg.'
Junior Jill Collymore has seemingly found her serving stride, recording 35 aces so far this season, for a sensational 0.44 aces per set average, which leads the Pac-10 (and is 35th in the country). Collymore set an all-time career high against San Diego on Sept. 19 with seven service aces, beating the six aces she previously served up against Gonzaga just two weeks earlier on Sept. 4.
Collymore, whose serve has been clocked to reach speeds in excess of 60 mph, now has 64 career service aces, with 19 of those coming in just three matches this season.
West Coast Killers
Sophomore Becky Perry leads the Huskies in kills per set, averaging 3.73 kps. The Austin, Texas native boasts 235 kills on 567 total attacks for a .257 hitting percentage. She also averages 1.48 digs per set and 0.62 blocks per set.
Sophomore Kindra Carlson has Washington's second-best kills per set average at 3.34 kps. Carlson has amassed 234 kills on 540 swings and a .340 attack efficiency. Against Hawai'i, Carlson recorded a career night, putting down 22 kills on 53 attacks. Carlson tied her career-high in kills against then-No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 17.
Junior Jill Collymore returned to the lineup this season after redshirting the 2007 season. Collymore is third on the team in kills per set, averaging 3.00. In 2008, Collymore has put down 240 kills on 608 swings and is hitting at a .296 clip. Collymore also averages 2.06 digs per set and leads the Pac-10 in service aces with 0.44 aces per set.
The Kids Are Alright
True freshman Lauren Barfield has seen playing time in her rookie season, playing in 12 sets. So far in 2008, Barfield has four kills on six swings (.500 attack percentage), two service aces and five total blocks.
Ryann Carter saw her first playing time in two sets against Stanford, when she came in as a spot server.
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