Husky Volleyball Picks Up Fifth Straight Sweep

Sept. 5, 2008

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SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team picked up its fifth straight sweep Friday night as it downed Portland State to close out the Northwest Challenge. The Huskies defeated the Vikings in three sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-13.

Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro earned tournament MVP honors for her athletic play. Miyashiro picked up 18 digs against the Vikings and tallied six assists. Outside hitters Jill Collymore and Becky Perry were also named to the all-tournament team. Collymore managed 21 kills on 39 swings and led the Huskies in hitting with a .487 attack percentage. She also posted her second double-double in as many nights, tacking on 11 digs. Perry chipped in eight kills, 10 digs and three block assists to earn her spot.

'Jill had a good night,' said McLauglin. 'She was blasting. Good things happen when you're aggressive. She had good timing. She just had a good night.'

As a team, the Huskies hit .273 and managed 46 kills. Washington outpaced the Vikings in assists (43-26), digs (56-50) and blocks (10.5-5.0).

The final set was the most decisive for the Dawgs. Washington held the Vikings to just -.083 attack percentage and out-killed Portland State, 12-5. Portland State took the first point of the set on a block by Nique Fradella, but the Huskies answered immediately. Washington strung together two four-point runs to widen its lead, forcing Portland State into a timeout. After a Viking attack error gave Washington another point, the Huskies gave up two straight, but followed with two of their own. The Dawgs went on a dominant seven point rally to finish the match, giving Washington its fifth straight sweep.

In set two, the Huskies jumped out to a quick lead they never relinquished. Washington started up on an attack error by Portland State but allowed a point on a service error. The Dawgs then took four straight before allowing the Vikings to score. Washington managed three scoring runs of three or more points to shut down the Vikings. In the second set, Washington held Portland State to just .053 hitting.

The first set was the hardest fought for the Huskies. A combination of service errors and attack errors allowed Portland State to stay close for the entire set. The teams fought through 10 ties before the Huskies were finally able to put the match away on five serves by Airial Salvo and a kill by Collymore.

Washington is back in action next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu. The Huskies take on Pacific next Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8pm PT. Washington then faces St. Mary's on Friday, Sept. 12 at 8pm before facing the host team, Hawaii, on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10pm PT.

The next home match will be Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7pm against Seattle in the Husky Fever Volleyball Classic. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to

Northwest Challenge All-Tournament Team
Denise Van de Mortel, Gonzaga
Nique Fradella, Portland State
Christie Hamilton, Portland State
Becky Perry, Washington
Jill Collymore, Washington
MVP: Tamari Miyashiro, Washington

Northwest Challenge Results:
Day 1, Match 1: Portland State def. Boise State, 3-0
Day 1, Match 2: Washington def. Gonzaga, 3-0

Day 2, Match 1: Washington def. Boise State, 3-0
Day 2, Match 2: Portland State def. Gonzaga, 3-0
Day 2, Match 3: Gonzaga def. Boise State, 3-1
Day 2, Match 4: Washington def. Portland State, 3-0

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