Huskies Continue Winning Ways Against Roadrunners

Sept. 17, 2009

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Washington's third-ranked volleyball team was victorious this evening against UT-San Antonio in the opening match of the UTSA Classic. The Huskies improved to 9-0 on the season and did so in straight-set fashion, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20. The Roadrunners drop to 4-8 with the loss.

Washington led nearly the entire match; trailing only at 0-1 in the second set. The Huskies still have not lost a set this season. The team welcomed sophomore middle blocker Lauren Barfield into the mix for the first time this season, after she suffered a broken finger in fall practice. Barfield chipped in with three kills on six attempts and a block in her season-debut.

Leading the UW effort was junior Becky Perry, who tallied 12 kills with just two errors on 23 attempts (.435). Junior Kindra Carlson also had double-figure kills with 10. Sophomore Bianca Rowland, the national leader in attack percentage, won't be losing any ground in that category as she had five kills on six attempts and was error-free for an .833 attack percentage.

The Huskies came out in set one and flustered the Roadrunners into a negative hitting percentage. UTSA managed only six kills and committed 10 attack errors to hit -.105. Leading 7-6 in the first set, Washington won five of the next six points to lead to UTSA's first timeout. Perry, Carlson, and Rowland all had kills during the run, and Perry combined on separate kills with Rowland and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway. Another Rowland winner was followed by consecutive errors on the Roadrunners' end and they took another timeout with UW up 18-11. Dunaway earned her second kill of the set to make it 20-12, and followed with a block assisted by Carlson. Senior Airial Salvo served out the final three points; an ace followed by a UTSA error and finally a block by Perry and Dunaway on set point to give the Dawgs the 25-13 win.

Washington picked its game up in the second set, continuing a trend throughout the year. Four Huskies had three or more kills in set two and junior All-American Jenna Hagglund had 16 assists in the second set alone. Consecutive Perry put-aways gave UW the early 3-2 lead. UTSA tied things at 4-4, but Washington then went on a five-point streak with Perry serving. Carlson had two kills in the run, and six for the set on eight swings and no errors for a .750 percentage. The Roadrunners pulled within 10-7, but Barfield's first kill of the year sparked the Dawgs on a 6-2 run. Salvo and Carlson had back-to-back finishers and a Roadrunner error led to UTSA's second timeout with UW up 16-9. Rowland had three kills over a four-point span late in the set, the last of which gave the Huskies a 23-13 edge, and Carlson finished off assists from Hagglund and Tamari Miyashiro on the final two points for the 25-14 win. The Huskies attacked at a .593 rate in set two, the fourth time this season they have hit over .500 in the second set of a match.

Despite the closer score in set three, Washington was not overly threatened after they opened the set by winning the first six points. Senior Jill Collymore checked in for the first time in the third set, and went back to serve after Carlson gave UW the side out with an opening point kill. Collymore's impact was instant, as she aced the Roadrunners on her first serve. UTSA erred on the next point, and Collymore fired her second ace. UTSA needed a timeout after another error made it 5-0 Washington. Collymore then picked up her first kill of the match to make it 6-0, before she missed her next serve to snap the run. Still, the Huskies continued to push, with two straight Carlson kills and a Perry blast made it 9-1. UTSA didn't earn its first kill of the third set until the 13th point when it was 10-3. The Roadrunners wouldn't fold though, and repeatedly cut the lead to four, but that was as close as they came. At 24-17, UTSA saved three match points, but UW was able to celebrate following a Hagglund set up for Perry who put it down for a 25-20 win. The Huskies outhit the Roadrunners, .351-.273 in the set, led by Perry and Collymore who combined for nine kills in the set without an error.

Washington was originally slated to play Rice on Friday afternoon, but the Owls had illness and injury issues and could not make the trip. Therefore UW's match with Middle Tennessee State was bumped up a day from Saturday and will be held at 3 p.m. Pacific time tomorrow.

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