Huskies Lose 3-2 Heartbreaker To Bears

Nov. 7, 2009

SEATTLE - For the first time this year, the fourth-ranked UW volleyball team came up short on its home floor, dropping a 3-2 decision against 13th-ranked California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (20-3, 10-3 Pac-10 were led by a career-high 26 kills from junior Kindra Carlson, but the Bears (15-8, 8-5 Pac-10) won out, 23-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-23, 15-13.

Carlson's 26 kills were the most for a Husky this season, surpassing her 24 kills last week at Arizona State. She also added 12 digs and senior Airial Salvo had a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs. Washington was held to a season-low .220 attack percentage, while the Bears were at .252 for the match. The Huskies were hampered by the Cal blockers, who put down 17.0 blocks on the night, a season-high for a UW opponent. Hana Cutura led the Bears with 33 kills.

Washington got off to slow starts in every set, and may have had a natural letdown after an emotional 3-0 victory over No. 5 Stanford Friday night.

'We just had a tight match. The margin of error is so thin and we made too many little errors,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'I told the team there was a different vibe going into the Stanford match. That team's a good team. We're still in control of our destiny right now; we just have to make sure we're prepared. We got off to bad starts in all games, and against a good team early points are as critical as late points.'

Cal took a 4-0 lead out of the gate and the Dawgs took a quick timeout. The Bears extended out to an 8-3 lead but Washington went on a 3-0 run with Carlson serving. Carlson had back-to-back fierce kills, and Collymore drilled her first ace of the night to bring the Dawgs even at 9-9. Her next serve was misplayed over for a Cal error and the Bears needed time to regroup from the serving barrage. Hagglund aced the Bears to move UW to a 13-11 advantage. The teams traded sideouts for several points, Collymore banging her first kill and Cutura keeping Cal close. Sophomore Bianca Rowland put down an overpass, and then earned a solo stuff on a Cutura attack for a 17-14 lead. Hagglund served another ball that caromed wildly off the Bears for an ace and Cal needed time with UW up 21-18. The Bears battled back to knot the score at 22, and UW needed timeout after a Cutura kill gave the Bears a one point lead. Collymore broke the run with a solid kill off the block. Rowland tucked in a kill on the next point to bring up set point. A bad Cal pass forced Cutura to hit wide and the Dawgs had the set, 25-23.

The Huskies outhit Cal, .244-.233 and had three aces to Cal's one in the set. Carlson led UW with five kills and Rowland was perfect with three kills on three swings. Cutura had 11 kills in the first set alone for the Bears.

Once again Cal grabbed a 4-0 lead in set two and again the Huskies called timeout. Hagglund fed Carlson out of the break and she got UW on the board with a smash. Another tough Collymore serve led to a Carlson kill, and a point later, Salvo and Rowland teamed up for a block to pull UW within 8-6. A 3-0 streak by the Bears opened a 14-9 lead and forced UW to take its last timeout. Washington went to Carlson to end the streak with her sixth kill of the set. Junior Becky Perry checked in and earned a kill on her first attempt, and a Bear miscue got UW within four. Cal earned its fifth block of the set to open up a 20-14 lead. Washington saved a couple set points, but Cal put the set away, 25-18, with a Correy Johnson kill. Cal had 6.5 blocks in the second set alone, and held UW to just .075 on offense.

Rowland made sure UW wouldn't fall behind early in the third, banging one to the floor on the second point. Freshman setter Jenni Nogueras checked in with UW down 4-2, and set Rowland again for another kill. Collymore fired her second ace of the night, and then Cal misplayed her next serve over and Carlson finished for a 5-4 lead. Freshman Kelly Holford netted her first ace of the match to put UW back up 7-6, and a thunderous block from Nogueras and Dunaway gave the Dawgs a two-point edge. Cal took time after the Huskies dug a number of balls in a row leading to a Carlson blast that gave UW a 9-6 edge. Consecutive Cal errors and a solo stuff by Rowland extended the Husky lead to 14-10. Rowland was there again with Carlson on the next point and rejected another Bear effort, and Collymore put one down for a 16-10 lead. A Carlson ace made it 18-11 and the Bears needed time to recover. Collymore earned service for herself with a kill off the block, and then Carlson finished one on the next point, a results of a free ball off a Collymore laser. Dunaway spiked an overpass for set point, and Salvo banged one down for a 25-14 win.

The Dawgs rolled to a .306 attack percentage in the third compared to just .062 for the Bears. UW had three blocks and three aces, and Nogueras dished 11 assists.

Washington opened set four with a block from Rowland and Collymore, and an ace from Miyashiro. Yet another Collymore serve divebombed down for an ace and a 5-2 edge. Cal answered back with three in a row, but Salvo snapped the run with her eighth kill. The score was tied up multiple times until a 3-0 Cal run gave them a 12-9 lead and the Huskies needed time. Salvo and Carlson led a three-point Husky run, but Cal answered with three straight to make it 20-14. A Perry kill pulled the Dawgs to within 20-23, and Cal hit long on the next point and needed its first timeout. Cal earned set point on the next point, but Rowland saved the first with a finish, and a Carlson attack on the next point rolled over and down, and Cal took its last timeout. The Bears finally converted their third set point out of the break with a kill by Tarah Murrey, winning 25-23. The Bears were red-hot in the set, hitting .400 while UW was at .281.

Cal jumped out to a 3-0 fifth-set lead before Salvo painted the line to break the run. A Husky miscue made it 6-2 Bears and UW took time. A kill by Carlson and a dump finish by Hagglund kept UW in the hunt, but they could not get closer than three until a Salvo blast made it 11-9 and Cal took time. The Bears came through with consecutive blocks out of the timeout to take a 13-9 lead and UW needed its last timeout. Carlson got the kill out of the timeout, and then Perry fired one off the defense for a 13-11 score. The Bears earned match point on the next play, but Carlson saved the first one with her 26th kill. With Miyashiro serving, Cal hit long on the next point to make it 14-13 Bears and Cal used its last timeout. Unfortunately for the 2,602 Dawg fans in attendance tonight, Cal's Mindi Wiley was able to send the next attack down for the final point, giving Cal the set 15-13 and the match.

Washington will now regroup for its last road trip of the regular season, heading to USC next Friday and then prepping for a potential first-place showdown with UCLA on Saturday night.

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