Huskies Earns Huge Road Sweep At No. 6 UCLA
Nov. 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES - What a difference a day made for the fourth-ranked Washington volleyball team, as it shook off a five-set heartbreaker Friday night to power to a sweep of No. 6 UCLA tonight at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies jumped back in front of the Bruins for the Pac-10 lead with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 victory.
Washington rebounded in the best way possible from two-straight five-set defeats, including last night at USC, by stifling the Bruins on defense, holding UCLA to a season-low .101 hitting percentage. The Huskies move to 21-4 on the year and 11-4 in the Pac-10 while UCLA falls to 20-7 and 10-4. UCLA had won seven-straight matches since Washington handed UCLA its last loss, 3-1, in Seattle.
'Offensively, defensively, we put the whole package together and sustained it,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'I was proud of how the team prepared and the way they came back from last night. You never know how a team is going to respond but they were on it all day from both film sessions to pregame warm-ups. We blocked well, dug well, transitioned well, kept pressure on them and maintained complete focus.'
Junior Kindra Carlson had a match-high 18 kills, hitting .283 and adding 11 digs. Junior Jenna Hagglund dished 40 assists along with a season-high 18 digs, while senior Tamari Miyashiro's 23 digs led both teams. UW's middle blockers both had big nights, as sophomore Bianca Rowland hit .412 with eight kills, and sophomore Lauren Barfield had seven blocks and five kills on six swings for an .833 attack percentage.
UW outhit the Bruins .245-.101, and had 10.5 blocks to just 6.0 for UCLA. Mari Hole led UCLA with seven kills, the first time all year the Bruins had no players with double-figure kills. Washington will now play its final three matches at home over the next two weeks, and controls its own destiny in terms of the Pac-10 title.
The first set was tight early, with Hagglund distributing the ball for kills by Carlson, junior Becky Perry, Rowland, and senior Airial Salvo in the first six UW points. Washington took time after UCLA took an 11-8 lead, but Rowland and Perry terminated the next two points out of the break to get UW back going. UCLA pushed the lead back to three at 15-12, but then the Huskies started to dominate. Hagglund got a kill of her own assisted by freshman Kelly Holford, then Carlson, Barfield, and Salvo were credited with a three-way block. Carlson and Salvo had another block on the next point, then Salvo kept the run going with a kill that gave UW the lead and forced a Bruin timeout. Salvo put down yet another ball after a UCLA miscue, and the run was six points before the Dawgs made an error. Salvo then assisted a Barfield finish, and UW was up 20-16. Carlson, Salvo, and Perry strung three more kills together to bring up set point, and Rowland finished off the 25-19 win with a put-away. Carlson and Salvo both had five kills in the set and UW outblocked UCLA, 5.5 to 1.0.
An ace by Miyashiro got UW off and running in the second set. The Dawgs took the lead with a four-point string on Collymore's serve, starting with a kill by Perry. Collymore sandwiched an ace between two errors by UCLA's Katie Camp and UW took a 6-4 lead. The Bruins brought things back to 8-8, but another three-point Husky run was started by a Barfield kill, then a Hagglund-Carlson connection, and a Bruin miscue. An ace from Carlson stretched UW's advantage to 16-11. The Huskies then broke it open with two kills from Carlson and a Rowland blast on three-straight points to make it 19-12. The Bruins battled back and forced a UW timeout at 22-18, but the Huskies fired back with three-in-a-row to capture the set. Barfield and Carlson shared a block, Perry found the floor, and UCLA's Gil misfired to end it, 25-18. Carlson was outstanding in the set, finishing with seven kills and a .467 hitting mark, and Bruins were limited to just .026 hitting as a team.
After the break, the third set would prove to be the closest, as the teams were tied 12 times overall. With UCLA leading 4-3, the two teams traded sideouts for 17 points in a row, until UW finally took a 13-12 lead after block by Barfield and Salvo, and a kill from Carlson. The media timeout came after a Rowland kill gave the Dawgs a 15-13 edge. Washington sustained its run with kills by Salvo and Perry on the Miyashiro serve. Carlson backed up a Salvo slam with one of her own and suddenly it was 21-16 Dawgs and the Bruins needed time. UCLA quickly needed timeout again, however, after a block by Carlson and Barfield made it 23-17. But on the very next point the very same duo stuffed another Bruin attempt to bring up match point. UCLA saved four match points in a row and the Dawgs called time, but Salvo finally secured the final point with her ninth kill of the match as UW pulled out the set, 25-21.
Washington will be back at home next Saturday for a showdown with Washington State, who upset the Dawgs earlier this year in Pullman. The Huskies will try to return the favor at Bank of America Arena at 7 p.m. on November 21.