Huskies Sweep Seattle In Early Match

Aug. 29, 2009

SEATTLE - Washington got up bright and early to head crosstown to Seattle U.'s Connolly Center this morning for its second match of season-opening Invitational At Seattle tournament. The fourth-ranked Huskies (2-0) rolled to the win over the Redhawks, 25-17, 25-11, 25-18, with Seattle never leading at any point in any set. The Huskies will play again this evening, taking on San Diego State back at Bank of America Arena.

After each team started slowly with a handful of errors, Washington inched out to a 6-4 lead and the Redhawks called their first timeout. But after UW stretched the lead to 9-6, Seattle U. fought back to knot the score at 9-9. The Huskies rebounded with another three-straight, including junior Kindra Carlson's second kill of the early-going, and soon an ace by senior Tamari Miyashiro put UW up four. At 19-13, Jill Collymore stepped to the service line and banged two-straight aces off the hands of Seattle's libero to give the Huskies an eight-point cushion. On game point, Kindra Carlson flew in but tipped the set deftly over the block for her team-high fifth kill of the set, and UW moved on with the 25-17 win. Bianca Rowland was a perfect 4-for-4 in the set, hitting 1.000. As a team the Huskies outhit the Redhawks, .186 to .097.

Washington was on point early in set two. Collymore's third ace of the match divebombed straight to the floor and put UW ahead 5-1, leading to Seattle's first timeout of the set. A block from Salvo and Rowland followed by a Seattle error gave the Dawgs a 12-4 edge and prompted Seattle's second timeout. At 13-5, freshman setter Jenni Nogueras stepped in and set up consecutive kills by Becky Perry and Collymore. A Salvo ace, a Seattle U. error, and a block from Perry and Rowland kept the Huskies motoring through the set as they opened a 18-5 lead. Rowland earned a solo block at the middle of the net to bring UW to set point, and a spike from Salvo on the next point completed the 25-11 win. Washington upped their hitting percentage to a phenomenal .520 in the second set, compared to -.040 for the Redhawks. Rowland stepped up with four blocks and Collymore had four kills in the set on five attempts.

The third set remained close early, with no team owning a two-point lead until the Huskies moved ahead, 6-4, following a Seattle error. A kill by Rowland put the Dawgs up 12-9, and a solo block from Kelcey Dunaway resulted in a 14-11 lead. Seattle wasn't ready to call it quits just yet, as they rallied to tie the score at 14-all. Carlson stopped the run with a kill on the next point, and Hagglund followed with an ace to force a Seattle U. timeout. After the break, Seattle went long, Carlson finished from the right side, and Dunaway pounded down an overpass resulting in the second Redhawks timeout as UW had reasserted itself up 19-14. Junior Jenna Hagglund dumped down a Miyashiro dig for her first kill to set up match point and the Huskies finished off the win with a block from Salvo and Rowland, the fifth of the night for the sophomore.

The Huskies outhit the Redhawks, .296 to .055 for the match, and led in blocks (6.0-3.0) and aces (7-0) as well. Carlson led the Huskies with 11 kills (.261) while chipping in seven digs. Collymore and Rowland had nine and eight kills, respectively, with Rowland hitting .800 for the match. Miyashiro racked up 11 digs to lead the defensive effort. Hagglnd tallied 29 assists while Miyashiro and Nogueras had four each.

Washington wlil now take on San Diego State at Bank of America Arena tonight, starting at 7 p.m.

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