No. 9 Volleyball Guts Out Tough Five-Set Win Over Arizona
Sept. 27, 2008
TUCSON - Ninth-ranked Washington volleyball closed out a tough road-trip by winning its second five-set match in as many nights, defeating Pac-10 rival Arizona, 3-2 (25-22, 22-25,25-21, 26-28, 15-8). The Huskies improve to 11-1 (2-0 Pac-10) on the season while Arizona falls to 11-2 (1-1 Pac-10).
Junior Jill Collymore bolstered the Huskies' efforts with three service aces on the evening and senior Jessica Swarbrick led the team's attack with 12 kills on 20 swings for a scorching .550 attack percentage. Sophomore Becky Perry had a strong outing, registering a team-high 19 kills and a .256 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund directed the defense with a season-high 63 assists, while junior libero Tamari Miyashiro registered a season-high 32 digs.
As a team, Washington hit just .216 in the match, but outpaced the Wildcats in kills (69-49), assists (68-46), service aces (5-3) and digs (78-71). Arizona out-blocked the Huskies 13.0-6.0.
In the deciding set, Kindra Carlson served to Huskies to an eight point run to pull ahead of the Wildcats, 11-4. Washington gave two points back, but managed to outscore Arizona 4-2 to end the set on a kill by Airial Salvo.
The fourth set saw Washington jump out to a quick 4-1 lead. Arizona caught up and tied the set at 7-7, 8-8 and 10-10 before taking the advantage on a four point run. The Huskies answered with a five point run of their own to take the lead 15-14. The two teams battled for control tying 16-16, 19-19, 20-20, 21-21, 22-22, 23-23, 24-24, 25-25 and 26-26 before Arizona State finally forced a fifth set on a Washington attack error and a block by Stephanie Snow and Whitney Dosty.
After allowing the Wildcats to take three of the set's first five points, Washington tied the set at three all, before building a 6-4 lead. The Huskies used a four point run to drive the score to 15-9, before allowing Arizona to score again. Arizona then used a four point run of its own to get within two points of the Dawgs. With Washington up 23-18, the Wildcats made a run for it with a three-point scoring drive, but the Huskies put the set out of reach with a kill by Swarbrick and a kill by ???.
Washington recorded more kills than the Wildcats in the second set, but the team fell behind early and could not recover. The Huskies mounted a rally, scoring six straight points to knot the score at 11-11, but then gave up four straight points to fall behind again. Down 22-16, the Dawgs tried to rally again, piecing together a 6-2 scoring drive, but a Washington service error doomed the Huskies, giving Arizona the second set win, tying the match at 1-1.
The Huskies started down in the first set, but used a four point run to take the lead 5-2 early in the set. Washington fought off four score ties, but never relinquished the lead. Collymore, who struggled with her serve against Arizona State, picked up an ace in the first set to help the Huskies pull ahead. The Wildcats notched five service errors in the set and Washington out-killed Arizona 13-11.
The Huskies return home to the Bank of America Arena to host Pac-10 rival California on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7pm and Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 12:30pm. The Stanford match will air live on FSN. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.