Sixth-Ranked Volleyball Sweeps No. 4 Cal, 3-0

Nov. 2, 2008

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BERKELEY, Calif. - Sixth-ranked Washington handed No. 4 California its first home loss of the season, downing the Bears in three sets, 25-18, 27-25, 25-19 Sunday in the Haas Pavilion. With the win, the Huskies improve to 17-4 on the season, 8-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Bears slip to 19-3 on the season, 9-2 in the Pac-10.

'It was a good one, for sure,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We played well, start to finish. We showed good composure and were highly aggressive, which is a good combination.'

Sophomore Jenna Hagglund registered 40 of the team's 42 assists, spreading the Husky attack among her hitters. Two Washington hitters notched double-digit kills against Cal, with Becky Perry recording a match-high 16 kills on 38 swings for a match-high .395 attack percentage. Airial Salvo pounded out another 12 kills and hit .273 on the afternoon. Kindra Carlson added another nine kills and hit .286. Jessica Swarbrick managed five kills on 11 swings for a .364 attack percentage and chipped in a service ace and three block assists.

Defensively, Tamari Miyashiro logged a match-high 19 digs. Three more Dawgs registered five dig each (Perry, Salvo and Hagglund). In addition, the Huskies notched 6.0 total blocks, coming off 12 block assists by Carlson, Perry, Hagglund, Swarbrick and Bianca Rowland.

As a team, Washington hit .298 and held the Bears to just .164. The Huskies held the advantage in kills (45-40), assists (42-38), service aces (2-1) and blocks (6.0-5.0). The Bears led in digs, 48-38.

'We kept pressure on them start to finish,' said McLaughlin. 'We did a nice job on defense and touched almost every ball. We played well. I thought it complimented what we did in practice last week, which the Stanford match didn't. Any time a game compliments what you did in practice, it's the best thing in coaching.'

In the decisive third set, Washington took an early lead they never relinquished. The Huskies went up 4-0 to start the set, then found themselves with an 8-2 lead, forcing Cal into a timeout. Up 11-6, Washington gave up three straight points to take the score to 11-9, causing Washington to take a timeout. The Bears tied the set score at 12-12 and again at 14-14, but the Huskies out-scored Cal 5-1, to force the Bears into their second timeout. Coming out of the break, Washington score twice on a kill by Perry and an error by Cal, but then gave up three straight before calling its second timeout to regroup. A service error by the Huskies gave Cal the ball again, but back-to-back kills by Salvo and Perry ended the match for Washington.

The second set was the closest, as the teams battled through nine ties and three lead changes. Washington took a 5-3 lead early, but Cal fought back to go up 8-6. The Bears held as much as a four point lead late into the set, but Washington would not back down, tying the set at 18-18. Cal went up 22-19, but could not hold on, as Washington scored on a kill by Perry and a pair of kills by Salvo to take the score to 23-22, Cal. The Bears took a timeout to regroup and won the first point coming out of the break, giving the Bears set point. A kill by Salvo tied the set at 24 all. A Washington service error gave Cal set point again, but the Huskies earned the point back on a Cal service error. Salvo's kill put the Dawgs on top, 26-25 and set up set point for the Huskies. California called its second timeout of the set, hoping to stave off a Washington win. A Cal attack error sealed the second set for the Huskies.

Washington started the first set with a 4-1 lead and outscored the Bears 7-4 to take the score to 11-5, causing Cal to take its first timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Washington outscored the Bears 7-3 again to go up 18-8, forcing California into its second timeout. The Bears took two straight out of the timeout and chipped away at the Washington lead, driving the score to 22-15, Washington. The Huskies took a timeout to regroup and won three of the last five points to end the first set.

The Huskies are back in action next weekend as they host Pac-10 rival No. 12 USC Friday at 7pm and No. 9 UCLA Sunday for an FSN-televised match at 1pm.

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