Career Day For Carlson Aids Sweep At ASU

Nov. 1, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior Kindra Carlson posted a career-high 24 kills in just three sets today, leading the fifth-ranked Huskies to a sweep of Arizona State at the Wells Fargo Arena. Washington improved to 19-2 for the year and dropped ASU to 12-11 with the 25-23, 28-26, 25-18 victory.

The Huskies are now alone in first place in the Pac-10 standings once again at 9-2, as Stanford dropped into a tie with UCLA for second at 8-3 over the weekend. The stage is now set for a huge match this coming Friday as Stanford visits Bank of America Arena.

Despite the big matches ahead, Washington couldn't afford to overlook ASU one bit, as the Sun Devils upset 21st-ranked Washington State on Friday. Carlson made sure UW stayed on track with a fabulous offensive display, racking up 24 kills to top her previous career-high of 22 that came in five sets last year against Oregon. The junior hit .396 with just three errors on 53 total swings. Overall the Huskies outhit the Devils, .244-.171 and owned the net with 10.5 blocks to 5.0 for ASU.

'To get two good Pac-10 wins on the road you have to play well,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin on the weekend wins over the Arizona schools. 'Our defensive pressure was really good and kept pressure on both teams. When our offense is good we can put a lot of pressure both sides on the ball. The offense was a little sporadic but we can fix those issues. Kindra was in a really good rhythm and Jenna (Hagglund) set her really well for some big swings that we needed today.'

Washington broke an even first set with a four-point run from 7-7 that led to ASU's first timeout. Senior Jill Collymore had a kill then Carlson and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway combined for a block and another ASU error made it 11-7 UW. A Carlson kill gave senior Tamari Miyashiro the service, and after another block from Carlson and sophomore Bianca Rowland, Miyashiro cued up an ace to make it 15-8. Hagglund earned a kill for a 17-10 lead, but ASU battled back with four-straight points and Washington called its first timeout. Kills by Dunaway and Salvo got UW back on track, and after a Carlson finish, ASU took its last timeout with UW on top, 22-17. The Sun Devils got back within one point on two occasions, but Collymore sent a Hagglund set floorward on UW's second set point for the 25-23 win. Carlson had six kills in the first set, and though ASU had 16 kills to UW's 13, the Huskies made up for it with four blocks to one for the Devils.

Despite falling behind 5-0 in the second set, Coach McLaughlin held off on the timeout, and the Huskies started to climb back. Trailing 8-2, the Huskies went on a 5-1 run with two kills from Salvo, and one each from Rowland and Carlson to make it 9-7 and ASU needed time despite leading. Washington had another run down 14-10, reeling off five-straight to take its first lead at 15-14 and force another ASU timeout. Predictably the run came on Collymore's disruptive serve. Rowland and Hagglund combined on a block, followed by Carlson and Salvo kills and then Collymore's first ace. After UW took a 22-19 lead, the Sun Devils rallied to tie the set at 23-all. The teams would trade sideouts, with UW earning set points at 24-23, 25-24, 26-25, and 27-26 before Carlson finally ended the nailbiter with remarkably her 12th kill in the second set alone. Rowland also had a crucial solo block at 24-all that kept the Huskies out in front. Carlson hit .524 in the set and Salvo also hit .400 with five kills.

Washington had to dig itself out of another hole in the third set, as Arizona State opened up a 5-1 lead. Junior Becky Perry helped rally the Huskies with two-straight put-aways then Carlson followed with an ace and a Rowland kill on the next point quickly had things even again at 5-5. The Huskies took control with a 5-0 run from 9-8 that took them to a 14-8 lead. The last two points of the run were ended on UW rejections, one with Dunaway and Salvo and the next with Dunaway and Carlson. The Sun Devils wouldn't get closer than four points the rest of the way. Three more kills went Carlson's way late in the set, the last one giving UW a 22-16 lead and forcing ASU's last timeout. Perry earned her sixth kill of the match and two Sun Devil errors ended the affair, 25-18. Washington hit a match-high .283 for the set with six more kills for Carlson and four kills for Perry with no errors for either.

Washington will now host fourth-ranked Stanford this coming Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. followed by 14th-ranked California on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both matches are at Bank of America Arena.

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