No. 9 Volleyball Squeaks Past Arizona State in Pac-10 Opener

Sept. 26, 2008

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TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 9 Husky volleyball team squeaked past Arizona State, 3-2, on Friday to open Pac-10 play (23-25, 26-24, 16-25, 25-15, 15-12) Friday night. With the win, Washington improves to 10-1 on the season (1-0 Pac-10), while the Sun Devils slip to 9-5 (0-1 Pac-10).

Jessica Swarbrick and Jill Collymore led the Huskies' attack against the Sun Devils. Swarbrick hit a team-high .467 with eight kills on 15 swings. Collymore notched a career-high 23 kills on a career-high 50 swings for a .400 attack percentage. She recorded her fourth double-double of the season, adding 13 digs to her 23 kill effort. Sophomore Jenna Hagglund picked up her first double-double of the season, tying her season high of 60 assists and adding 15 digs. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro racked up a season high 21 digs and one service ace.

Freshman Bianca Rowland chipped in a team-high six block assists, while sophomore Becky Perry subbed in to contribute 16 kills (.263), a block solo and five block assists.

As a team, the Huskies hit .228 and out-killed Arizona State 66-59. Washington also recorded 62 assists to the Sun Devils' 52. The two teams tied in blocks, 13.5-13.5, while Arizona State held the advantage in digs, 80-77.

In the deciding set, the Huskies hit a match-high .346, while holding Arizona State to just .080. Washington came out strong, taking five of the set's first six points, forcing the Sun Devils into a timeout. The Huskies then took four of the next six points to force ASU into using its second timeout. Washington allowed the Devils to score six of the next 10 points and called a timeout to regroup. The Huskies then took three of the set's final five points to win the set, 15-12.

Set four started with Hagglund serving the Huskies to four straight points to open the set. Washington never relinquished its lead and never allowed the Sun Devils closer than within two points. The Huskies hit .286, holding ASU to -.077, but Washington's strong defense stole the show in the fourth stanza. The UW amassed two solo blocks (Swarbrick and Perry each recorded one) and nine block assists by five different players.

The third set saw three ties, but the Huskies simply could not keep up with ASU. The Sun Devils recorded an errorless set, while Washington racked up nine attack errors as a team. Arizona State hit .400 and held the Huskies to just .109 attack percentage.

Washington squeaked by in the second set, just eking out a 26-24 win. The teams fought through 16 ties, tying at each point between 19-19 and 24-24 before the Huskies finally put the set away. Washington hit .279 in the set, barely squeaking past the Sun Devils, who hit .257.

Arizona State out-killed the Dawgs in the first set, racking up 17 kills to the Huskies' 13. Washington was in the set the entire time, but was unable to string together more than two straight points at any point and ASU took advantage.

Washington heads to Tucson next to take on Pac-10 foe Arizona tomorrow night. Arizona is now 11-1 after downing Washington State, 3-0. The complete schedule and live stats are available on

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