Husky Volleyball Wins USA Volleyball Open Championship

May 26, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - The Washington volleyball team played eight matches without dropping a single set in the 2009 USA Volleyball Open Championships, culminating in a three-set sweep of the US A2 National team to win the championship.

Rising senior Jill Collymore was named tournament MVP for her scorching .340 hitting percentage over the weekend and her 10 service aces. Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Tamari Miyashiro garnered All-Tournament accolades, as did setter Jenna Hagglund and outside hitter Kindra Carlson.

As a team, the Huskies went 8-0 on the weekend, and hit .320 with 50 service aces and 71 blocks. Washington defeated teams from Canada, California and Minnesota, along with both the Red and Blue halves of the US A2 National team. The Dawgs held opponents to just .100 on the weekend while allowing just 13 aces and 39 blocks.

The Huskies opened the tournament with a quick 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-15) victory over the MN Dixies, a University of Minnesota alumni team. They followed with matching 3-0 wins over Team BC, the U20 team from British Columbia (25-12, 25-13, 25-16), Trim Laguna Beach from southern California (25-17, 25-14, 25-13) and USA Blue (25-20, 25-23, 25-19) to get out of the first round of play unscathed.

In the second round, Washington downed Team BC (25-14, 25-14, 25-12) and MN Dixies (25-19, 25-23, 25-16) a second time each before facing USA Red. The Huskies made quick work of the A2 team, taking the match 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-18), setting up a rematch for the championship.

For the championship match, Washington and USA Red squared off Tuesday night at 6:30pm CT. The Huskies came out blazing, hitting .270 for the match and racking up five aces, including two each from Collymore and Airial Salvo. The Huskies also mounted a solid presence at the net, compiling six team blocks, including four from Bianca Rowland.

Lauren Barfield led the Huskies in hitting efficiency with an outstanding .400 percentage. Carlson managed a .340 for the match, first among the hitters, followed by Salvo with a .270.

The Huskies out-hit USA Red, .270-.220 and out-blocked USA Red, 6.0-3.0. Washington also tallied more aces, 5-3.

Washington officially starts its season on August 28 at 7pm against San Jose State in Bank of America Arena, as part of the UW/Seattle U. Tournament August 28-29. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

All-Tournament Team
Tournament MVP: Jill Collymore
Tamari Miyashiro
Jenna Hagglund
Kindra Carlson
Carli Lloyd (USA Blue - California)
Ellen Herman (USA Red - Ohio)

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