Huskies Sweep Aside Spartans In Opener
Aug. 28, 2009
SEATTLE - The fourth-ranked Husky women's volleyball squad is off and running with a 3-0 sweep of San Jose State in their season opener at Bank of America Arena. A crowd of 1,010 fans turned up to urge on the Huskies, including a trio of Dawgs who saw the first playing time of their careers. UW captured their eighth-straight season-opener by a 25-10, 25-14, 25-19 count.
Washingotn (1-0) hit at its highest clip in the first set, compiling a mark of .444 with five kills apiece by Kindra Carlson and Airial Salvo. The Spartans earned the first point of the match before Salvo punched home UW's first point of the year to even things. The teams traded off for a few points, with SJSU pulling to within 8-7, but behind two aces from senior Tamari Miyashiro and kills from Bianca Rowland and Jill Collymore, the Huskies opened up a 12-7 advantage. The Spartans broke the run for only a moment, as the Huskies strung together seven more points to move ahead 19-8 on the strength of three Salvo kills and two from Carlson. A block from Collymore and Rowland punctuated the end of the set, 25-10 in favor of the home team. The Spartans were held to a -.040 hitting percentage in the frame.
The Huskies marched straight into the second set by taking the first five points, two on consecutive block assists by Carlson and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway, who saw her first playing time at middle blocker. At 9-3, Collymore served and came up from the back for the kill on two straight points, and Rowland put-down upped the score to 12-3, prompting the Spartans to use their second timeout of the set. Freshman setter Jenni Nogueras of Cayey, Puerto Rico saw her first career action in the latter part of the set, and picked up a couple assists on kills by Collymore and junior Becky Perry, who subbed in for the first time as well in set two. Washington doubled up SJSU at 22-11 on Collymore's first ace of the season. The second set ended much like the first, with a three-way block this time from Salvo, Dunaway, and Carlson.
After the intermission, the Huskies started out slower in the third set. A kill by the Spartans' Taylor Japhet gave SJSU an early 3-1 lead, and they maintained it to 6-4 as the Huskies struggled with their serves, giving the Spartans seven points on service errors in the set. The score was tied as late as 14-14, but Collymore responded with her eighth and ninth kills of the match to put UW ahead 16-14 and they wouldn't be caught again. Sophomore Kandiss Anderson, who entered into the match for the first time in her career in the first set, put the cap on the night with her first career ace.
'Some good stuff and some not so good stuff,' said McLaughlin. 'I think if we just continue to make the improvements we have to make there's going to be a lot more good stuff. I just saw a little dip in concentration in game three. We missed too many serves, and we're not going to be able to do that. But I wanted to see some people play and overall it was okay.'
Collymore earned her first double-double of the year, leading the team both in kills with 12 and in digs with 10 while hitting .321. Rowland was the most efficient of the night, tallying seven kills on just nine attempts with no errors for a .778 percentage. Carlson was also extremely effective, earning eight kills on 16 attempts for a .500 hitting percent.
Washington will compete twice tomorrow, first against Seattle U. at the Connolly Center at 11 a.m. and then back at Bank of America Arena for a 7 p.m. match against San Diego State.