Oct. 10, 2009

BERKELEY, Calif. - The third-ranked Washington women's volleyball team ran its set streak to 45 with a 3-0 sweep of 15th-ranked California tonight at Haas Pavilion. Washington ups its record to 15-0 on the season and continues to lead the Pac-10 at 5-0. The Bears drop to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in league play.

Offense was the story of the night, as the Huskies hit a season-high .490, with three players in double figures in kills, and five players hitting .470 or higher. Junior Kindra Carlson's 19 kills led all players, as she hit .471 (19-3-34). Senior Airial Salvo also had 11 kills and was errorless on 20 swings (.550) and senior Jill Collymore rocked the Bears with 15 kills and just one miscue on 26 attempts (.538).

"We played well and so did they. I've got to give them some credit but our defense can get better and put more pressure on people," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "For the most part we were pretty good but for sure we were good offensively. Kindra and Salvo had big time numbers and Jill Collymore at 54-percent, those are great numbers but we've got to forget about it and move on to Stanford."

The Bears earned the first two points but Rowland got the Dawgs off with a booming kill into the corner. The teams traded points to 5-5, when the Huskies took their first lead on Carlson's clean winner. On the next point, Miyashiro made a miraculous save and Salvo put one down. Two Bear errors resulted in a 10-6 UW edge. Cal fought back with three points before Carlson dialed up another kill. Soon Collymore and Rowland rose up and put down UW's first block of the set, and after Cal hit wide it was 14-9 Dawgs and Cal needed its first timeout. Washington continued to hold its lead, then stretched out to a seven-point margin on a tough deep serve from Hagglund that was deflected for an ace. Collymore found a crease in the block and banged it through to bring about set point, and then Carlson banged her eighth kill off the defense to seal the set, 25-16 for Washington. Carlson hit .636 in the set and Rowland had four kills on four swings, helping the Dawgs to a .500 team attack percentage to just .143 for Cal.

Both teams lit up the stat sheet in the second set, each hitting over .500. Washington shot out to an early 5-1 lead in the second set with three kills by Collymore during the stretch. Strong serving brought Cal back and they took the lead at 9-8. A big block from Barfield and Carlson quelled the run. The teams then traded blows with several ties during the middle of the set. An ace from Salvo got the Dawgs the lead back at 17-16, and after a long rally on the next point, Collymore spun one over the defense into the far corner for a two-point UW edge and Cal called time. Cal came back to level things again, with UW moving a point ahead and Cal catching up, the last tie at 22-all. From there, Salvo found the floor, and Cal took time down 22-23. Out of the break, Salvo tried a tip that Cal dug up but overplayed across the net and with another chance, Salvo finished to earn set point at 24-22. Then Hagglund coaxed a serve off the top of the net and it dropped into empty space for an ace and the second set win.

The offensive-dominated set saw the Huskies actually get outhit, .542-.516, but the Dawgs had an edge in killes (18-15), aces (3-1), and blocks (2.0-0.0). Collymore was all but perfect, with eight kills and no errors on nine attempts for an .889 percentage.

Washington's offense hummed along again in set three. At 12-10, the Dawgs went on a three-point run that cracked the set open. Barfield and Carlson shined in the run, with Barfield starting with a kill, followed by a blast from Carlson, and then the two teamed for a huge block straight down that made things 15-10. Another block by the same two stretched the lead to 17-11. Rowland got into the mix with her fifth kill of the night to make it 23-16. Things got a little too close for comfort down the stretch as Cal saved three match points before Salvo put one off a Bear defender and out for the 25-23 final set win.

Tomorrow night the Huskies will head across the Bay to challenge the 7th-ranked Stanford Cardinal in a 7 p.m. showdown at Maples Pavilion. The match will be taped by Fox Sports Net with a first airing on Sunday at 1 p.m. Pacific in Seattle.