Fifth-Ranked Huskies Down No. 9 UCLA, 3-1
Nov. 9, 2008
SEATTLE - The fifth-ranked Huskies overcame a slow start to defeat No. 9 UCLA Sunday, 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22), in its only four-set match of the season. Washington improves to 19-4 on the season and 10-3 in the Pac-10, putting them in a tie with California for second place in the conference.
UCLA slips to 16-8 for the season, 6-7 in conference play.
The Huskies had an outstanding day from behind the service line, racking up nine service aces in the match. Airial Salvo tallied four of Washington's aces, while Jill Collymore and Tamari Miyashiro each kicked in two. Jessica Swarbrick also served up an ace.
'Our serving was very good, our passing was very good,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Our serve and pass are what kept us in the game. We only missed two serves for the match, which is awesome. We were above our standard.'
Jenna Hagglund led a balanced offense that saw three Huskies record double-digit kills. Hagglund put up 44 assists in the four-set effort and chipped in 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Salvo led the Washington offense with a match-high 14 kills and a .293 attack percentage. Becky Perry and Collymore each contributed 13 kills and Collymore also picked up 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Defensively, Washington was helped out by the athletic play of Tamari Miyashiro who dug out a match-high 26 balls. Perry and Collymore each registered a solo block and Hagglund and Bianca Rowland each chipped in three block assists. Perry, Salvo and Swarbrick each tallied two block assists.
UCLA led for over half of the fourth set. The Bruins got off to a hot start, taking a 5-1 lead. Washington managed to chip away at the Bruins' lead, getting within a point three times before finally tying the set at 14-14. A UCLA kill and block put the Bruins back up, 16-14. But a service error and a block by Hagglund and Swarbrick tied the set again at 16-16. Collymore laced an untouchable ace down the line to give the Huskies a 17-16 lead, forcing UCLA into its first timeout. Collymore served the Huskies to three more points and gave the Dawgs a 20-16 edge. A series of errors on both sides of the net brought UCLA back within two. Up 21-19, Washington called its second timeout of the set. The Huskies took two straight points off a kill by Perry and an attack error by the Bruins, forcing UCLA to take its second timeout. The Bruins won two points back to trail 23-21, but a kill by Rowland gave Washington match point. Sara Sage tallied a kill for UCLA to drive the score to 24-22, but the Bruins' rally was cut short. A kill by Perry put the match away for Washington.
Hagglund started set three off well for the Huskies, serving Washington to three straight points. UCLA managed to tie the score at 6-6, before a kill by Katie Camp put the Bruins in the lead. With UCLA up 11-9, Rowland tallied a kill that set off a string of nine straight points for Washington. Salvo tied the set at 11-11 with a service ace. Then Washington took 13-11 lead on back-to-back kills by Collymore. Salvo followed with another ace, forcing UCLA to call a timeout, hoping to cool Salvo's hot serve. Coming out of the break, Perry and Rowland teamed up for a block to give Washington a 15-11 lead. Collymore tallied another kill, followed by Salvo serving up her third ace of the series, forcing UCLA into its second timeout. Collymore picked up her fourth kill of the run, driving the score to 18-11. A service error by Salvo ended the scoring drive for Washington, but the damage was done. UCLA was able to score seven more points, but momentum was in the Huskies' favor and the Dawgs closed out the set, 25-18.
The second stanza saw six ties and two lead changes as the two teams battled for control. After tying the set at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 and 5-5, UCLA reeled off four straight points, forcing Washington to call its first timeout. Two Husky kills and a UCLA error put the Huskies within a point at 9-8. The Bruins managed to hold on to their lead until a service error by Jessica Fine touched off a seven point run for the Dawgs. A kill by Collymore followed by an attack error by UCLA tied the set at 13-13. Perry tallied a kill to give Washington a 14-13 lead. UCLA called a timeout to regroup. An attack error by the Bruins gave the Huskies a 15-13 advantage. Miyashiro then served back-to-back aces to drive the score to 17-13 and force UCLA into its second timeout. Collymore added another kill before a kill by Camp ended Miyashiro's serve at 18-14 Washington. The Huskies allowed only five more points, making a strong statement to the Bruins and winning the set, 25-19.
UCLA came out strong in the opening set, taking an early 7-3 lead they would not relinquish. Washington called a timeout and took the first two points out of the break, but the Bruins used a 5-1 scoring drive to push the score to 12-6, forcing the Huskies into their second timeout. UCLA held Washington to just .067 hitting in the first set and maintained its lead throughout the set. Salvo was one of the few bright spots for Washington in the first stanza, notching five kills on 12 swings with zero errors for a .417 attack percentage.
The Huskies are back in action next weekend, Nov. 14-16, as they travel south to face Oregon State Friday night at 7pm and No. 8 Oregon Sunday at 1pm. Sunday's match will air live on FSN and marks the third and final televised regular-season match for the Huskies. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.
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