No. 4 UW Sweeps Washington State
Nov. 21, 2009
SEATTLE - The No. 4-ranked Washington volleyball avenged an earlier loss with a three-set sweep of cross-state rival Washington State Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,807 at Bank of America Arena. Washington won by scores of 25-23, 25-18, and 25-19.
Earlier this season in Pullman, the Cougars (17-11 overall, 5-11 Pac-10) handed the Huskies their second loss of the season.
'I feel like we're getting ready for the tournament,' said Husky head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'At the end of game one, we did some very consistent things. We were moving well, passing well and hitting well. The end of game one was the key, and then we kind of got into a rhythm and took off. It was a battle.'
The Huskies kept pace near the top of the Pac-10 standings with the win, improving to 22-4 overall and 12-4 in the Pac-10. First-place Stanford, which has only one conference match remaining, beat Arizona State Saturday to improve to 20-7 overall and 13-4 in the conference.
Washington's two remaining home matches come next weekend at Bank of America Arena vs. Oregon and Oregon State. Wins in both would guarantee the Huskies at least a share of the Pac-10 title.
Junior Bianca Rowland led the way for the Huskies Saturday, with a match-high 16 kills while sophomore Bianca Rowland added 11 kills without an error in 17 attempts, good for a .647 hitting percentage. Becky Perry also reached double figures in kills with 12. She made only three errors in 26 attempts.
Washington State's Meagan Ganzer had 13 kills and only two errors to pace the Cougars.
The first set was about as close as it could have been as neither team ever took more than a three-point lead. The game was tied on 10 different occasions before, at 14-14, the Huskies took a lead they never again surrendered.
The second set was a little more one-sided in favor of the UW. The Huskies trailed very early at 2-1, but went in front with three straight points and never fell back into a tie or a deficit again, stretching their advantage to as many as eight points at 22-14.
After the Cougars narrowed the gap to 23-18, another Carlson kill got it to set point and a block from Carlson and Lauren Barfield ended it at 25-18.
Washington never trailed in the third set and pulled away late and, after WSU fought off several match points, took the third set, 25-19, on Carlson's 16th kill.