Volleyball Swept by No. 6 Washington in Seattle

Oct. 24, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team fell to No. 6 Washington Friday night with set scores of 25-17, 25-13, and 25-17,before 2,562 fans at the Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in a match that took one hour and 18 minutes to complete.

At the halfway mark in the Pacific-10 Conference action, Washington moves to 16-3 overall, 7-2 in conference matches. Washington State drops to 7-13 overall and 0-9 in league play.

UW's Jill Collymore led the match with 13 kills, hitting .440, landed one ace and had 11 digs. Kindra Carlson added 11 kills, hit. .579, and had a trio of blocks. Jessica Swarbrick contributed nine kills and four blocks. Jenna Hagglund had 42 assists while Tamari Miyashiro added 14 digs. The Huskies hit .414 for the match.

Sophomore Brittany Tillman led the Cougars with nine kills and a pair of blocks. Freshman Meagan Ganzer reached a career-high with seven kills and hit .462. Emily Rooney added another six kills. Renee Bordelon had 31 assists and two blocks. Kelly Hyder added 14 digs. The Cougs did not land an ace in the three sets. WSU hit a team percentage of .175 for the night.

WSU junior middle blocker Cassie Robbins did not play in this match after injuring her leg in practice Thursday in Pullman. Brittany Johnson's five kills at this match moved her into eighth place on the WSU career kills list with 1,034 kills. The senior from Phoenix needs 17 more kills to move into seventh place.

'Washington is a really good, well-balanced team especially offensively,' WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. 'They keep the ball alive and they make you take more than one swing to put the ball down. I thought we passed really well tonight and kept ourselves in each point at lot better than we did against Oregon (last weekend). So I am happy with that part of our game tonight. But there were several times when we weren't disciplined long enough; we were keeping the ball in play, staying with them and digging up some nice shots but after four or five times, we don't stay disciplined in our defense and they catch us off guard. We have to trust in what we are doing.'

Washington State played tough in the opening set but a six-point run by the Huskies mid-way through the set gave UW a 19-11 lead. The Dawgs went on to win 25-17, hitting .406 as a team. Meagan Ganzer landed five kills in the set for the Cougs, who hit .250 as a team.

UW roared out to a 12-4 lead in the second set and the Cougars could not overcome the slow start. The Dawgs went on to win 25-13, hitting an outstanding .485 as a team and holding WSU to a .143 hitting percentage.

The Huskies controlled the third set, never allowing WSU to get more than a pair of points at a time. UW wins this set 25-17.

'Meagan did a good job of providing us some offense,' Palileo said. 'She had 13 swings and seven kills and hit .452 so that is pretty good for any freshman coming in. We need her to start being a little more aggressive on the blocking side of the net.'

Washington State stays on the road with matches at No. 4 California and No. 5 Stanford next Friday night and Sunday afterenoon.

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