Miyashiro Breaks Digs Record As UW Sweeps OSU
Sept. 27, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The new all-time digs leader at the University of Washington is senior Tamari Miyashiro, as the All-American senior libero broke the mark this afternoon at Gill Coliseum, helping the No. 3 Huskies to a 3-0 victory against Oregon State. Miyashiro now has 2,048 career digs, surpassing Candace Lee to rank fifth in Pac-10 history.
Washington remained perfect on the year at 12-0 and assumed an early lead in the Pac-10 standings as the only team that came through the first conference weekend with a 2-0 mark. The Dawgs still have not lost a set this year, blanking the Beavers 25-21, 25-15, and 25-21. The Huskies have outhit every opponent this year and today was no different, as they held a .271-.149 edge on offense and had 48 kills to OSU's 35.
Miyashiro and fellow senior Airial Salvo led the defense with 15 digs. Miyashiro, named the Volleyball Magazine National Defensive Player of the Year each of the past two seasons, passed Lee's 2,038 digs in the first set. With just 24 more digs, the Kaneohe, Hawai'i native can move into third in Pac-10 history.
'I actually didn't know I broke the record until Kelcey (Dunaway's) mom gave me some candy afterwards,' said Miyashiro. 'I knew I was in striking distance but didn't know how close I was. It feels good but you stay focused on the big picture and that's our team. I'd rather us win it in the end than set any records.'
The first set was close throughout with neither team owning more than a two point edge and coming even at 15-all. The tide began to turn in UW's favor soon after, as junior Kindra Carlson fired a kill and then went back to serve and loaded up an ace that forced a Beaver timeout. Senior Jill Collymore sent one down and OSU misfired to put UW up 20-17. Carlson's fourth kill of the set got UW to set point and Collymore's fifth kill ended it at 25-21. Washington hit just .186 in the set but held OSU to .140.
The Husky offense revved up in the second set, taking four-straight points on a Collymore kill, two Beaver miscues, and a finish from sophomore Bianca Rowland to nab a 6-3 lead. Oregon State closed to within 10-9, but UW soon went on another run as Carlson blasted a kill and Collymore followed suit. Another OSU error brought on a timeout as UW led 15-10. Carlson got the sideout with another kill at 17-11, and Miyashiro served the next four points, stretching the lead to 20-12. Salvo signed off on the final two kills as the Huskies went to the break with a 25-15 win. Washington's .452 hitting was its best of the match; conversely Oregon State was reduced to .054.
Washington built a quick early lead in the final set, then hung on after OSU made a late final push. Miyashiro again was the server on a five-point UW run, which included an ace and two kills from Rowland. Rowland's third kill of the set made it 15-9 Huskies, but the Beavers earned six of the next seven points, the last two on consecutive blocks to get within one at 16-15 and forcing UW to take time. Out of the break, Collymore fired one down and Hagglund notched a kill and OSU called time right back. Salvo connected again on the next point and it was 19-15. Carlson went off the block to set up match point, and Collymore finished things two points later with a final spike. The Beavers had edges in blocks (6.0-0.0) and hitting percentage (.265-.227) in the final set but had six more kills (18-12) and out-dug the Beavers, 17-14.
Three Huskies finished with double-figure kills on the day, led by Collymore's 15 with a team-leading .333 hitting percentage. Carlson added 13 kills and Salvo had a double-double with 11 kills and a season-high 15 digs. Hagglund's 40 assists were also a season-best for the junior All-American.
'We had really big tests both nights,' Miyashiro said of the trip through Oregon. 'Oregon had a big crowd and had a good environment and that's what you need. They don't know we want to thank them for putting us through that adversity. Today we did a good job putting pressure on (Oregon State). They played great but in the end we made the plays we needed to make and were successful.'
Washington spent the entire month of September on the road but now will come back to Seattle with a perfect record intact, including sweeps over No. 4 Florida, No. 7 Oregon, and No. 9 Minnesota. The Huskies will be back at Bank of America Arena this Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m. against Arizona State.