Collymore Helps Serve Up 3-0 Win Over Beavers
Nov. 25, 2009
SEATTLE - One more win can earn the fourth-ranked UW volleyball team a share of the Pac-10 Conference title. The Huskies (23-4, 13-4 Pac-10) moved a step closer with a 3-0 win over Oregon State (12-17, 3-14 Pac-10) tonight at Bank of America Arena in front of 2,440 fans. Washington ends the regular season Friday night at 7 p.m. hosting 18th-ranked Oregon.
Washington is now tied with Stanford in the conference standings, with the Cardinal hosting California Friday night. The Huskies needed to pull out a couple close sets tonight against the Beavers to set up the dramatic Senior Night on Friday. Junior Kindra Carlson's 14 kills and a season-high six service aces for senior Jill Collymore were two of the driving forces in the 25-21, 25-23, 25-16 win for the Huskies.
'Jill did what she does and the big thing was she did it when we were down. After her runs we sort of stablilized and took care of the ball better,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'They're a physical team, and they came out loose and served us incredibly tough.'
The Huskies outhit the Beavers, .279-.210 for the night, and had nine blocks and nine aces to three of each for OSU. Carlson hit .458 (14-3-24) and sophomore Bianca Rowland had her second-straight errorless night, earning eight kills on 12 swings for a .667 percentage. Still, it was Collymore's blazing serve was the highlight of the night, as she rallied the Huskies from a second-set deficit and also broke open the third set with long runs.
'I just went back there knowing I was in a limited role but wanting to make a difference,' said Collymore. 'If I could get the serve going I knew we could catch up.' Her six aces were one shy of her career-high set last season.
Becky Perry earned the kill on the opening set's first point. The teams went back and forth early with neither team earning more than a one point edge until an ace from senior Tamari Miyashiro put the Dawgs up 10-8. Salvo had three kills on her first four swings to pace UW. Carlson earned her first kill to to make it 11-9, then followed with a jump serve ace for a margin of three. OSU hit long on the next point and needed a timeout, UW up 13-9. The Beavers had a three-point streak out of the break, but Bianca Rowland's first kill put a stop to that, and on the next point, Rowland, Salvo, and Hagglund all blocked down a Rourke attack for a 15-12 lead. Lauren Barfield then came through with back-to-back blocks, one with Salvo and another with Carlson, to push UW's lead to 18-15. The Beavers closed within one on three occasions, but UW kept their distance, and an ace by Jill Collymore earned set point, and an OSU service error gave the Huskies the 25-21 set. Four blocks and three aces helped UW's cause in the set, and they outhit the Beavers .242-.167.
Oregon State blocked a pair of Husky strikes early in set two for a 4-1 lead, but Perry and Rowland responded with a block of their own to make it 4-3 and a Rowland kill on the next point tied it. The Beavers pulled out to a 12-8 lead but Carlson and Perry terminated the next two points to cut the lead in half. OSU came back with a kill by Bree Knitter and an ace by Rourke to make it 15-11 and UW took its first timeout. Carlson stopped the run with her sixth kill and Collymore went back to serve. The Beavers hit into the net on the first point, then Collymore ramped up the miles per hour and aced the Beavs on the next point. Salvo kept the rally going with a kill that tied it at 15, then Collymore rifled another serve off the OSU defense and into the crowd for the Husky lead and OSU needed time. Out of the break, Collymore scored her fourth ace for a 17-15 lead. She finally drilled one into the top of the net to end the run. Still, the Beavers came back with three-straight for a 19-18 lead and UW called its second timeout. Carlson and Rourke went head-to-head late, alternating for five straight kills as UW pushed ahead by one and the Beavers tied. The Huskies went up 23-22 on a Carlson swing and OSU took its last timeout. Rourke was wide on the next attempt for a Husky set point, but a Knitter kill bought OSU another point. Perry though cashed in UW's next attempt with a shot off the block and out and the Dawgs took a 2-0 lead. The Huskies wound up hitting .300 for the set after being in the negative early, and Carlson led the way with seven kills in the set.
Washington rallied from a brief 4-2 deficit in set three with a 4-0 run on Carlson's serve. Carlson, Rowland, and Perry each had kills in the streak. Salvo's seventh kill gave the Dawgs a 9-7 advantage. Oregon State pulled to within 12-11, but Carlson continued to step up with kills when UW needed them most and she registered another for a 13-11 lead. Once again OSU was forced to take time after a Collymore serve was not handled, resulting in a Carlson finish and a 15-12 UW edge. Still, the Beavers could do nothing to control the senior's serve, and Collymore cranked aces five and six on the night on the next two points, and after a Rowland kill, the Beavers were forced to take their last break with UW cruising 18-12. Salvo and Rowland assisted on a booming block to extend the run to six points before OSU finally picked up a kill but the Dawgs led 19-13. Washington was not threatened the rest of the way, and a final block by Collymore, Rowland, and Carlson sealed the set and the match, 25-16. UW hit .304 in the last frame against .172 for OSU, and Rowland and Carlson combined for eight kills without an error.
The 18th-ranked Ducks will be UW's final obstacle in their Pac-10 title quest, and the final tune-up before the NCAA Championships. Seniors Collymore, Salvo, and Miyashiro will be honored before the match. Then the NCAA Selection Show will air on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 12 noon Pacific time on ESPNews.