Huskies Earn Another Tourney Title With Sweep
Sept. 18, 2009
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Washington closed out the non-conference tournament portion of its schedule this evening with a sweep of Middle Tennessee State, 25-15, 25-22, 25-7. The third-ranked Huskies claimed the UTSA Classic title with the win, their fourth tournament win of the season.
The Huskies (10-0) expanded their rotation a bit today, using a season-high 12 players. After a routine first two sets, Washington went on an overwhelming third set run, winning 15 consecutive points with senior Jill Collymore's booming serve giving the Blue Raiders fits. The 25-7 third set a school record for victory margin under the 25-point set system which went into effect last year. It also matches the lowest opponent set score in school history in the 30-point rally scoring era which began in 2001. The Huskies also had a 30-7 set win against Arizona State in 2005.
Washington hit a season-high .412 for the match, hitting over .500 or better in the first and third sets. Middle Tennessee was held to .082 for the match, factoring in a -.300 third set mark when UW's serving and defense clamped down. Junior Becky Perry had her second-straight season-high in kills, tallying 13 this evening to lead the Dawgs. She hit .500 and added six digs and three block assists. Collymore also had 10 kills, seven digs, and three aces. Junior Jenna Hagglund notched 31 assists and three kills, and senior libero Tamari Miyashiro had 15 digs.
The Huskies came out in set one and took the lead from the first point and never trailed. They were up 4-1 early after a Miyashiro ace. A kill by sophomore Bianca Rowland followed by a block by Hagglund and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway made it 9-4 and forced a MTSU timeout. The Blue Raiders won four of five points to pull within 11-10, but UW then strung together five points in a row for a 16-10 cushion. Collymore and Perry had kills during the run and Rowland and Perry combined on a block. Perry, Collymore, and senior Airial Salvo rotated on three kills off Hagglund assists to set up set point, and a service error ended it at 25-15. The Dawgs hit exactly .500 for the set with 12 kills and just one error on 22 attempts. Perry was on fire with six kills on eight attempts and just one error.
Set two saw the Dawgs cool down a bit but the set was not as close as the final score might indicate. Freshman Kelly Holford checked in to serve and helped UW take the lead for good at 6-5. Following a Salvo put-away, Perry and sophomore Lauren Barfield, playing in her second match back from a broken finger, combined for a block and then Perry's next kill made it 13-9 and the Blue Raiders took 75 seconds. At 14-12, Washington made a mini run with Miyashiro serving. Collymore and Perry continued to pound away with kills, and then Collymore and Rowland sent a block to the hardwood for a 17-12 lead. The Huskies had set point at 24-18 off a Salvo kill assisted by freshman Jenni Nogueras, but MTSU held on for three more points before an attack error did them in. Collymore had six kills on 12 swings without an error in the set.
The third set started harmlessly enough for the Blue Raiders. They held an early 3-2 lead, and it was tied at 4-4, but then a Rowland kill sent Holford back to serve and UW took three straight on two MTSU errors and a three-part block by Hagglund, Rowland, and Collymore. Holford lost serve on an error, but UW got the sideout on another finish by Collymore, who then went back to serve and the floodgates opened up. Collymore, the 2008 Pac-10 aces leader, would preside over a 15-point Washington streak. Collymore, then Salvo, then Rowland, back to Salvo, one for Perry, Rowland again, and Hagglund for good measure recorded kills during the streak, and the Blue Raiders suffered five errors of their own. Collymore tossed in two aces as well, before finally she ran out of gas and committed a service error. Three points later, Hagglund had another kill on a Salvo assist and the set was over at 25-7.
Middle Tennessee State had only two kills for the set, both from Ashley Mead, one coming on the first point of the set, and the other to save match point at 24-7. The Blue Raiders were stifled to a -.300 hitting percentage, while Washington hummed along at .545, posting 13 kills and just one error on 22 attempts.
Washington will now turn its attention to conference play, where it will face a pivotal match in the opener. The Huskies head to Eugene to face the No. 12 Oregon Ducks next Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., followed by a visit to Corvallis on Sunday, Sept. 27, for a 2 p.m. clash with the Beavers.
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