Perry Thrives In Sweep Of Gonzaga
Sept. 5, 2009
PORTLAND - In its first of two matches today, the No. 3 Husky volleyball team dispatched Gonzaga at Portland State's Stott Center by a 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 count. Washington (5-0) will play Portland State tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the final match of the Northwest Challenge.
The Huskies earned their fifth sweep in as many matches today with an efficient offense that hit .376 for the day, making a season low five attack errors. Gonzaga (1-4) was held to just .084 on the attack and suffered from 19 errors. Washington also held major advantages in blocks (8.0-1.0) and aces (9-1). Junior All-American Becky Perry led the way with 11 kills on 21 attempts with zero errors for a .524 hitting percentage.
Washington was coming off a third set on Friday against Boise State in which they racked up 10 blocks. They were right in the face of the Bulldogs to start this afternoon's match, as senior Airial Salvo and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway combined on a block for the first point of the match. Gonzaga took a brief 4-2 lead, but Perry's first kill followed by a block from junior Kindra Carlson and sophomore Bianca Rowland tied the score. An ace from senior Jill Collymore put UW ahead 7-5. At 8-7, the Dawgs won three in a row, punctuated by a kill from Salvo to open an 11-7 margin. The Huskies continued winning about three of every four points, with Gonzaga unable to get closer than five points down at 19-14. Dunaway's first kill and a Salvo blast forced the Zags to take time. But UW won four of the final five points after the stoppage to take the set, 25-15. Senior Tamari Miyashiro filled up the stat sheet with seven digs in the set as Gonzaga hit just .054.
Much as in Friday night's match, in which the Huskies hit a blistering .708, the offense had its best showing in today's middle frame, connecting at a .481 mark. Perry was outstanding with six kills on nine attempts, including kills on four of UW's first seven points of the set. Washington opened an 8-5 lead but Gonzaga crept to within 9-8 before a Carlson kill and consecutive Gonzaga errors prompted GU's first timeout. Perry's fifth kill of the set gave Salvo the service at 15-11, and the senior led the team on a five point run that included kills from Perry and Dunaway, a Salvo ace, and a block from Dunaway and Perry. Two kills from Collymore pushed UW towards the finish and Gonzaga committed two more errors to end it. Washington committed just one attack error in the set, with Collymore and Carlson both earning three kills on six attempts and no errors to complement Perry. Junior Jenna Hagglund had eight assists in the set and Miyashiro had five more digs.
After the break, Washington came flying out with the first five points and nine of the first 10. Collymore started the set with a kill and then took over on serve, hitting an ace for a 5-0 lead and forcing a Bulldog timeout. A service error ended the run but Rowland fired back-to-back aces a few moments later to open up a 9-1 lead and Gonzaga needed their final timeout. Salvo hit UW's fourth ace of the set to extend to 12-3. The aces kept coming; one from Miyashiro to make things 14-4, and one from Nogueras for a 16-5 lead. Washington's aggressive serving resulted in some errors later in the set, but another block from Perry and Dunaway kept things on track. Gonzaga staved off two match points before Rowland struck for her fifth kill off a Nogueras set to finish things. Rowland was 3-for-4 in the set without an error, and hit .714 for the match (5 kills, 0 errors, 7 attempts). She is hitting .600 for the season.
Hagglund piloted the offense with 15 assists and Nogueras continued her strong play with 13 assists of her own. Miyashiro racked up 13 digs while Dunaway earned six blocks. Leading Gonzaga was Layne Brosky, who had 10 kills and hit .368.
Washington will go for its second-straight tournament title tonight at 7:30 p.m. Live video is available on Portland State's website, www.goviks.com.