No. 5 Huskies Down Washington State, 3-1

Nov. 21, 2008

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PULLMAN, Wash. - The fifth-ranked Huskies needed four sets to overturn Washington State, 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14), but came away with a win Friday night in the Bohler Gym in Pullman.

Washington improved to 22-4 on the season, 13-3 in the Pac-10 while Washington State slipped to 8-19, 1-15 in league play.

Not a single Husky player hit below .400 in the outing, in which Washington hit .451 as a team. Sophomore Becky Perry led the Huskies with an impressive .490 attack percentage with 27 kills on 49 swings and just three errors. Jill Collymore notched 15 kills (.423 hitting percentage), a service ace and a block assist, while sophomore Kindra Carlson returned to the lineup to record 16 kills, eight digs and a .407 attack percentage. Jessica Swarbrick tallied eight kills and a .462 attack percentage and freshman Bianca Rowland put down six kills and a .462 hitting percentage.

Jenna Hagglund quarterbacked the Huskies with 62 assists, five digs and an ace. Hagglund now needs just 83 assists to take possession of fourth place all-time at Washington in career assists.

Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro scooped up a match-high 19 digs and recorded two service aces, marking her third consecutive multi-ace match. Megan McAfee pitched in an additional 11 digs, tying her season high.

In the fourth set, Washington State jumped out to a fast 6-3 lead, causing Washington to call an early timeout. The Huskies reeled off three straight points to tie the set score at 6-6. The teams tied twice more at 7-7 and then 8-8, but Washington pulled ahead on a kill by Rowland, an ace by Miyashiro and a Wazzu attack error. With the Huskies up 11-8, the Cougars called their first timeout of the set. Coming out of the break, a kill by Collymore and a block by Swarbrick and Collymore gave the Dawgs another two points. Washington State took two points back, but the Huskies got back-to-back kills out of Collymore and Perry to drive the set score to 16-10, forcing Wazzu into its second timeout. Washington outscored the Cougars 9-4 in the final points of the set to take the win.

Set three started with three ties before the Cougars took an 8-4 edge early. Washington called its first timeout to regroup. The Huskies battled to take control, but could not catch up to Washington State. Finally, back-to-back kills by Rowland and Perry put Washington within a point, 16-15, causing Wazzu to call a timeout. Over the next 10 points, the teams tied five times before Washington took a tenuous 21-20 lead, forcing the Cougars into their second timeout. Two straight kills by Perry widened the Huskies' lead to 23-20. Wazzu rallied to take three of the next four points, but a kill by Rowland put the set away for Washington.

In the second stanza, Washington State came out strong and took a quick 4-1 lead it would not relinquish. The Cougars hit an outstanding .655 for the set, notching 19 kills on 29 swings with zero attack errors.Washington used runs of three and four points to take an early 11-4 edge in the first set, causing the Cougars to take a timeout. Perry was unstoppable in the first set, recording seven of the Huskies' 17 kills on 11 attacks with zero errors, powering the Huskies to a lopsided 25-19 victory. As a team, the Huskies hit .400 in the first stanza, while holding the Cougars to .250.

The Huskies are off the rest of the weekend, but resume play next week to close out the regular season. Washington hosts Arizona Friday night at 7pm and Arizona State at 7:30pm on Saturday. The NCAA tournament selection show will air on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7pm. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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