Huskies Roll In Northwest Challenge Opener
Sept. 4, 2009
PORTLAND - Boise State was no match for the third-ranked Washington volleyball team, as the Huskies dominated in their first of three matches at the Northwest Challenge, hosted by Portland State at the Stott Center. Washington moved to 4-0 and dropped Boise State to 0-4 with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-12 victory.
The Huskies hit over .400 percent as a team for the first time this season, hitting at .405 for the match, and held the Broncos to -.056, also the first time this year they've forced an opponent into a negative percentage. Senior Jill Collymore posted her third double-double in four matches, collecting 10 kills and 10 digs to share the team lead in both categories. Junior Becky Perry also had 10 kills on 16 attempts with only three errors for a .438 hitting percentage, tops among the outside hitters. Senior Tamari Miyashiro also added 10 digs.
Boise State actually came out and opened a 5-2 first set lead, but seven points later it was 9-5 Huskies as freshman Jenni Nogueras provided a long service run that included her first career ace, two Collymore kills, and two ball handling errors by the Broncos. Boise State called its first timeout. A kill by Perry at 13-10 got the serve for Airial Salvo and the Dawgs went on another run to open a 17-10 lead. Nogueras hit her second ace to put UW ahead 20-12 and force BSU's second timeout. But the post-break result was no different, as Nogueras hit yet another ace before losing serve on an error. Redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway notched her first kill of the match on set point to give UW the 25-15 win.
Set two saw the Husky offense really take flight, as they hit a staggering .708, with 18 kills and only one error on 24 attempts. Junior Kindra Carlson had three of UW's first four kills in the set, yet Boise State hung around early, tying the score at 5-5 before back-to-back kills from Collymore and Perry gave UW the lead for good. Sophomore Bianca Rowland had consecutive kills and Collymore got an assist from Miyashiro to put UW up 10-6. A Salvo kill off a Nogueras assist gave junior Jenna Hagglund the serve up 15-9, and that's where the Huskies ran off and hid. Salvo killed the next ball off a Hagglund assist, followed by a Perry kill and a BSU timeout. Hagglund served up an ace and a Bronco hitting error was followed by another Perry winner and just like that it was 20-9. Rowland got her fourth kill of the set off Hagglund's ninth assist of the set to clinch it, 25-11. Three different Huskies had perfect hitting percentages in the set, led by Perry who was six-for-six. Rowland killed all four of her attempts and Salvo was three-for-three.
The story of the third set was Washington's block, as the Huskies chalked up 10.0 total team blocks in the set alone, with six block assists coming from Dunaway, and four each from Rowland and Carlson. A block from Collymore and Rowland accounted for the set's first point. At 2-2, Collymore crushed consecutive aces, and the Broncos wouldn't get closer than two points the rest of the way. Salvo served another long Husky string starting at 10-5. Dunaway had her second kill of the match and then followed that with a block along with Collymore, forcing a Bronco timeout. But Dunaway was still lurking at net after the break, and she combined with Perry for yet another block. Perry's 10th kill of the night gave UW a 17-5 lead before BSU finally stopped the run. Carlson and Dunaway combined for a block for a 24-11 edge, and after a UW service error, they ended the set much like it started, with another block down for the win. Washington hit .364 for the set and the UW block party helped limit the Broncos to -.200 on their offense. Collymore led the way with five kills in the set.
Washington will get an early start to its Saturday, as they face Gonzaga back at the Stott Center at 11 a.m. tomorrow, then take on the host Portland State at 7:30 p.m.