Volleyball Captures Northwest Challenge Title

Sept. 5, 2009

PORTLAND - The third-ranked Husky women's volleyball squad recorded its second win of the day and its second tournament title of the season tonight, upending Portland State at the Stott Center to capture the Northwest Challenge. The Huskies improved to 6-0, all wins coming in straight sets, as they topped the Vikings 25-22, 25-15, 25-15.

With sweeps over Boise State yesterday, and Gonzaga and Portland State today, Washington won the Northwest Challenge title for the second year of its existence. Junior Becky Perry was named the Tournament MVP, and senior Tamari Miyashiro and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway were named to the All-Tournament Team as well. Dunaway came into her own this weekend with 19 blocks over the three matches.

In the first set, Perry picked up where she left off earlier in the day against Gonzaga, earning the night's first kill on an assist from Hagglund. Senior Airial Salvo followed with an ace, but the Vikings rebounded with three points, two on consecutive aces from Marija Vojnovic. Dunaway tied it up with her first kill, but PSU snared three more points to put the Huskies in a 6-3 hole. UW's block stepped up to stop the run, as senior Jill Collymore and Rowland stuffed consecutive Viking attacks, and Collymore earned a kill on the next point to tie the score. Still the Vikings pushed back to a three point lead after a kill followed by an ace by Whitney Phillips. Trailing 12-9, Washington tracked down Portland State thanks in large part to Dunaway. She tallied a kill and then was a part of two straight blocks, both combined with Perry. After PSU retook the lead briefly at 14-13, UW went on another short run starting with a Perry kill and including an ace from Miyashiro and a block by Perry and Rowland. At 23-20, Portland State used its last timeout, but Collymore put the first set in UW's pocket with two more kills.

In the first set, Perry picked up where she left off earlier in the day against Gonzaga, earning the night's first kill on an assist from Hagglund. Senior Airial Salvo followed with an ace, but the Vikings rebounded with three points, two on consecutive aces from Marija Vojnovic. Dunaway tied it up with her first kill, but PSU snared three more points to put the Huskies in a 6-3 hole. UW's block stepped up to stop the run, as senior Jill Collymore and Rowland stuffed consecutive Viking attacks, and Collymore earned a kill on the next point to tie the score. Still the Vikings pushed back to a three point lead after a kill followed by an ace by Whitney Phillips. Trailing 12-9, Washington tracked down Portland State thanks in large part to Dunaway. She tallied a kill and then was a part of two straight blocks, both combined with Perry. After PSU retook the lead briefly at 14-13, UW went on another short run starting with a Perry kill and including an ace from Miyashiro and a block by Perry and Rowland. At 23-20, Portland State used its last timeout, but Collymore put the first set in UW's pocket with two more kills.

The Huskies came out strong in set two, taking a 6-3 lead with a three point run comprised of kills by Dunaway and Perry and a Miyashiro ace. Kindra Carlson stepped up for a kill and then combined on a block with Rowland to give the Dawgs a 10-5 edge. The closest PSU got the rest of the way was 15-12, but Carlson kept up the pressure, following a Rowland kill with her third of the set to put UW up 17-12 and force a Viking timeout. At 21-15, the Huskies decided enough was enough, and swept the final four points with Salvo on serve. For the set the Huskies committed just two errors, hitting .414 compared to .206 for Portland State. Carlson led the way with four kills, hitting .571 and Rowland was three-for-four with no errors. Hagglund and Nogueras split 14 assists right down the middle, and Miyashiro had six digs to lead the defense.

Washington never trailed in the third set, and the last tie was at 2-2. Perry and Rowland had early kills and Collymore and Nogueras served up one ace apiece and UW found themselves with a 6-3 lead. Salvo had a kill followed by a Rowland ace to keep the women on track, up 8-4. A Dunaway kill gave Miyashiro the serve, and the Huskies took the next three points, two on Perry put-aways. Washington extended its lead to 19-11 on a triple block by Carlson, Salvo, and Rowland, leading to PSU's first timeout. Rowland made up for a ball-handling error with a kill on the next point, and then took over serving duties. Dunaway contributed to back-to-back blocks, the first with Salvo and the second with Carlson, and a Carlson kill off Nogueras' 17th assist of the night brought UW to 23-14. Perry chalked up her ninth and 10th kills of the night on the final two points to end another successful weekend for the Dawgs. Perry was outstanding in the final set, hitting a flawless 1.000 with six kills on six attempts.

The Huskies will now embark for their toughest test of the early season, flying cross country to Tampa, Florida for the Tampa Twice Tournament, held at the same location as this year's Final Four. Washington will take on a pair of highly ranked squads in Minnesota on Friday, Sept. 11 and Florida on Saturday, Sept. 12.

NORTHWEST CHALLENGE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Becky Perry, Jr., OH, Washington (MVP)
Tamaria Miyashiro, Sr., L, Washington
Kelcey Dunaway, Fr., MB, Washington
Nique Fradella, Sr., S, Portland State
Whitney Phillips, Jr., OH, Portland State
Layne Brosky, Sr., OH, GonzagaAlisha Young, Jr., OH, Boise State

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