Tenth-Ranked Volleyball Shuts Down No. 17 San Diego

Sept. 19, 2008

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SEATTLE - Tenth-ranked Washington volleyball overwhelmed No. 17 San Diego, 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-9), Friday night at the Bank of America Arena to close out the UW portion of the Husky Fever Volleyball Classic. With the win, the Huskies improve to 9-1 on the season, while the Toreros slip to 9-2.

'We played well,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Our serving was very good. [San Diego] is a good team. They could very well win their conference. This was a good win for us and a good way to enter Pac-10 play.'

Sophomore Kindra Carlson again led the team in kills with nine, notching a .318 attack percentage. Carlson also recorded two service aces, six digs and both a solo block and a block assist. Junior Jill Collymore set a new personal best in services aces with seven, becoming the second Husky serve up seven in a match this season. Collymore also recorded eight kills on 20 swings for a .350 attack percentage and added nine digs and two block assists.

Freshman Bianca Rowland led the Huskies in attack percentage, connecting on five of her seven attempts for a stellar .571 average.

On defense, sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro notched a match-high 13 digs, the only player on the court to record a double-digit figure in the category. Senior Jessica Swarbrick recorded one of the Huskies' two solo blocks and also tallied a match-high five block assists. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund chipped in three block assists to go with her match-leading 32 assists. Three more Dawgs each contributed two block assists.

As a team, the Huskies hit .325 on the evening, while holding the Toreros to just .025. Washington led in kills (36-20), assists (34-20), aces (10-0), digs (35-31) and blocks (9.5-5.0).

'We practiced really hard this week,' said Collymore. 'Jim [McLaughlin] said he thought it was our best week of practice this year and I think that showed on the court. This was our best game of the season so far.'

The third set saw the two teams trade early points before the Huskies used two four-point runs to pull ahead, 9-3. The Toreros continued to chip away at the Washington lead, but were never able to string more than two points together. San Diego scored its ninth point of the set on a service error by Carlson, but never got back on the board as Washington hit a nine point streak to end the set. The Huskies recorded their only sub-.375 set of the night with a .174 attack percentage, but held the Toreros to -.071.

In the second stanza, the Toreros got on the board first with a kill by Amy DeGroot. The teams kept the score close, with the Huskies unable to build more than a three point lead. Finally, with the score at 11-9, junior Airial Salvo served the Huskies to a five point run to drive the score to 16-9. After giving up a point, Washington put up another three straight points and eventually closed the set with a five point scoring binge.

Washington used a scoring run of eight points to close the door early on the Toreros in the first set. With Carlson serving, the Huskies drove the score up to 12-5. San Diego never got closer than within six points, as the Dawgs collected kills from Collymore, Carlson, Swarbrick, Roland and Salvo. Washington out-hit the Toreros, .400-.042 in the first set and recorded 13 kills to San Diego's eight.

The Huskies open Pac-10 play next Friday, Sept. 26 at Arizona State and Saturday, Sept. 27 at Arizona. Both matches start at 7pm. The Huskies return home the following weekend to host No. 9 California on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7pm and No. 6 Stanford Sunday, Oct. 5 at 12:30pm. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

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