From The Daily: Miyashiro Sets Digs Record

Oct. 1, 2009

By Taylor Soper
UW Daily

Maybe the nerves of its Pac-10 opener at Oregon would rattle the UW volleyball team. Maybe McArthur Court's third-largest crowd ever would crack them. Or, maybe facing another top-10 team was too much for the Huskies.

Not a chance.

Senior libero Tamari Miyashiro set a new record for career digs, and the No. 3 Huskies continued their impressive winning streak this past weekend, sweeping both Oregon schools and winning for the 12th consecutive time. The Dawgs are now 12-0 and still have not dropped a single set.

'Going into two tough environments on the road to start the Pac-10, I think we played well,' head coach Jim McLaughlin said.

In perhaps their biggest match of the season thus far, the Huskies faced then-undefeated No. 7 Oregon in their Pac-10 opener. Oregon's third largest crowd of all time of 3,500 fans showed up to see the big match. The hostile environment was a true test for the Dawgs, who had already beaten No. 4 Florida and No. 9 Minnesota on the road.

Yet, the Huskies didn't flinch. On the offensive end, junior Kindra Carlson led the Dawgs with 13 kills, and Miyashiro anchored the defense with 18 digs and three aces as the Huskies went on to win 25-18, 26-24, 25-19. The Huskies held the Ducks to a season-low .143 attack percentage.

'It was awesome,' sophomore Lauren Barfield said of the Oregon match. 'Oregon is always hard to beat because not only are they a good team, but their fans were into it. You get there, and it's the most intense environment ever. To win on their home court for the [Pac-10 opener], plus be on the road and win, that was awesome.'

After the big win against Oregon, the Dawgs took a short drive to Corvallis to face Oregon State. They didn't miss a beat, as senior Airial Salvo had her second double-double this season with 11 kills and 15 digs as the Dawgs picked up another sweep, winning 25-21, 25-15, 25-21.

Sunday's match was also historic. Miyashiro, who was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time, broke the UW career digs record, which was previously held by former Husky Candace Lee. The senior picked up 15 digs against Oregon State, upping her grand total to 2,048 digs.

'I don't really feel different,' Miyashiro said of breaking the record. 'It's quite an accomplishment because Candace was a great libero. However, you try to stay focused on the bigger picture. We have big goals ahead of us. I still approach practice how I usually do and approach everything the same way.'

The Dawgs will try to continue their dominance this weekend as they welcome the Arizona schools to Hec Edmundson Pavilion. It has been a month since the UW played a match at home, and the players are excited to finally return home.

'We are just so happy to be home at least longer than four days,' Miyashiro said. 'It's nice not having to travel and get on a plane or bus. We're excited and looking forward to it for sure.'

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