No. 7 Volleyball Bumps Off No. 6 Oregon In Five-Set Thriller

Oct. 17, 2008

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SEATTLE - Bolstered by strong outside hitters and solid defensive work, the No. 7 Washington volleyball team took a five-set thriller over No. 6 Oregon, 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 25-14, 21-25, 15-8). With the win, the Huskies improve to 14-3, 5-2 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks slip to 14-4, 3-3 in the conference.

'We hit well,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We were good when we had to be and we blocked well in the fifth game. I think we're in a good place, physically, mentally, emotionally. We just have to keep getting better. It's a good win for us, for sure.'

Sophomore Kindra Carlson provided a ton of firepower for the Huskies Friday night, tying her career-high in kills with 22 on 36 swings. Carlson hit an outstanding .500 to pace Washington's offense. Just behind her was junior Airial Salvo, who notched her fourth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 17 digs, hitting .288 on the night. Senior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick chipped in 10 kills on 19 swings for a .474 attack percentage and Jill Collymore registered 14 kills and a service ace.

For the third time this season, sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund recorded 60 assists, tying her season-high.

Defensively, junior libero Tamari Miyashiro registered a team-leading 29 digs. Swarbrick put up five block assists, Hagglund contributed three block assists and Carlson put up the Huskies' only two solo blocks.

Washington hit .290 as a team and out-killed the Ducks, 72-64. The Huskies also held the advantage in assists, 65-62 and blocks, 9.5-8.0.

In the deciding fifth set, Oregon jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. The Ducks' advantage was short-lived, however, as the Huskies responded with three straight points of their own off an Oregon attack error and back-to-back blocks by Swarbrick and Hagglund. The two teams traded points, knotting the score at 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5 before Washington finally took a 6-5 lead on a kill by Salvo. Another Oregon attack error forced the Ducks to take a timeout. Twice more the Ducks got to within a point, but Washington was able to shut them down with a four-point scoring drive which included two kills by Carlson and the match-winner by Swarbrick.

Set four saw four score ties but the Huskies were never able to take the lead. Oregon took the first point of the set, and out-scored Washington, 3-1 early. The Huskies chipped away at the Ducks' lead and managed to tie the set at 4-4, 5-5 and again at 6-6, but were unable to take control. The Ducks held as much as a seven point lead at one point, but Washington was able to close the gap with a three point run and then a four point run. With Washington trailing 21-20, the Ducks outscored the Huskies 4-1 to take the set and force a fifth.

The third stanza was an impressive demonstration of Washington's firepower and accuracy. The Huskies hit a scorching .600 for the set, notching 18 kills and zero errors. Washington took control early, with three different Huskies each recording a kill to put them up 4-1. The Ducks were able to get to within a point on four occasions, but Collymore served Washington to a five-point run, driving the score to 15-8. Hagglund served Washington to another four point run to take the score to 20-13. Washington allowed Oregon to score one more time before going on a devastating five point scoring binge to end the set. The final four points of the set all came on kills by Carlson.

'If we can do that start to finish.... Gosh,' said McLaughlin, about his team's errorless performance in the third set. 'We're good in spots still. That's one of the things. We've just go to get good start to finish and I think that's coming.'

Set two was a fight from the start. Oregon came out hot, taking the set's first three points before Washington could get on the board. The Ducks held the lead through the first half of the set. Washington managed to stay close, but could not overtake the Ducks. Finally, the Huskies were able to piece together a three point run to tie the set at 12 all, forcing Oregon into a timeout. The Ducks built a tenuous two point lead coming out of the break, but an Oregon service error and a kill by Carlson tied the score again at 14-14. The teams tied again at 15-15 before back-to-back kills by Collymore broke the stalemate in the Huskies' favor. With Washington up 19-16, the Ducks took their second timeout to regroup. A kill by Gorana Maricic put Oregon within two. The Huskies fought to keep their lead, but the Ducks would not back down. Up by only two, at 23-21, Washington called a timeout. Maricic managed another Oregon kill, but a kill by Carlson gave the Huskies set point. Maricic spoiled Washington's first attempt to end the set, lacing a kill to prolong the set. Carlson responded in kind, finally ending the set in the Huskies' favor.

The Huskies started strong in the first set, taking the first four points before giving up a three point run. Washington appeared in control throughout the first half of the set, building a 13-9 lead. Oregon continued to chip away at the Huskies' lead, finally getting to within a point, 17-16, forcing Washington into a timeout. An ace by Marija Milosevic changed momentum to Oregon's favor and the Ducks took their first lead of the set on a kill by Maricic. The teams battled through five ties before Washington finally had set point at 24-23. An Oregon kill tied the set again at 24-24. Washington took the lead again on a kill by Swarbrick for set point, but again the Ducks notched a timely kill. With the score knotted at 25 all, Maricic put down a kill to give Oregon the 25-25 advantage. An attack error by Washington ended the set.

Seventh-ranked Washington is back in action Sunday as it hosts No. 25 Oregon State at 1:30pm. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to

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