Oct. 11, 2009

Courtesy of Washington

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington's third-ranked volleyball team saw its undefeated string come to an end tonight at Maples Pavilion as No. 7 Stanford came back from 2-1 down to defeat the Huskies, 19-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, 15-12. The Huskies drop to 15-1 on the season and 5-1 in Pac-10 play while Stanford ups its mark to 11-4 and 4-1 in conference.

Given that the Huskies went past three sets for the first time this season, several players piled up some impressive numbers. Senior Airial Salvo had another big night with a season-high 17 kills and sophomore Bianca Rowland set a new career-high with 16 kills while hitting .462. Junior Jenna Hagglund piled up 66 assists and junior Kindra Carlson, senior Jill Collymore, and Salvo all had double-doubles. Overall, Stanford outhit UW, .257-.254, the first time all year UW was outhit. One tough stat for the Dawgs was service errors, as the Huskies had 17 to just four for Stanford. Still, UW had a big edge in kills, 72 to 58.

"They played well, they dug a lot of balls and put some pressure on us," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "They did a nice job serving, so they won that battle. I don't like the way we started the match, but I liked the way we finished it. We played hard; I don't think we played great, but Stanford was good tonight."

It looked to be the usual story at the start of the night. In set one, Collymore registered UW's first two kills firing cross court to give the Huskies a 2-1 edge. The Dawgs made a move on a huge block from Lauren Barfield on a good attempt for Cassidy Lichtman. Carlson nailed the next point down as well, pushing UW to an 8-4 edge. The Cardinal didn't stay down long, though, earning the next five points including an ace for Lichtman. Salvo found the floor on the next point to break the streak and even it at 9-9. A Barfield kill was backed up by a Carlson finish for 12-10. Carlson's fourth finish of the set brought about the media timeout with the Dawgs up 15-13. Hagglund set Rowland after a good rally on the next point, and Carlson went off the block for a 17-13 lead and Stanford took a timeout of its own. A Cardinal block pulled them to within two, but a missed serve, ball-handling error, and Salvo's fourth kill forced Stanford's last timeout with UW up 20-15. The teams traded several sideouts, until Rowland and Collymore rejected one with authority and brought set point. Carlson rifled another from the right side and that cinched it, 25-19.

The Huskies hit a sizzling .500 in the first set with 20 kills and just four errors on 32 attempts. Stanford was held to just 10 kills and a .219 attack percentage. Carlson was unrelenting with seven kills and hit .500 herself while Barfield was 3-for-3 on her swings. Digs favored the Dawgs, 18-8.

Stanford came out strong to start the next frame, grabbing the first three points before Carlson got the Huskies on the board. Washington needed its first timeout after a Cardinal block extended their lead to 8-3. Tough Stanford defense continued to trouble the Huskies and the deficit hit 10-3 before Salvo hit the corner and then Carlson checked in with a kill, and UW fired up again with a block from Salvo and Barfield. The Cardinal got on another run, however, taking a 14-7 lead. After falling behind 21-12, UW made Stanford sweat with three-straight kills, two from Carlson and one from Salvo. But after a Stanford timeout, the Cardinal came up with the next four points, Carlson missing long after a long rally and the Huskies found themselves tied after two sets for the first time all season. The Cardinal outhit the Huskies, .344 to .128 in the set.

Washington overcame a brief 1-3 deficit in the third set and took the lead at 5-4 on a kill from Collymore. Washington's first ace of the match was struck by Carlson and gave the Dawgs the 8-6 lead. Soon after, Carlson swooped in from the back row and found a seam for an 11-9 lead but the Cardinal tied it up again with the next two points. At 13-all, Salvo banged home a great set from Hagglund, and a Collymore spinner handcuffed the Cardinal `D' and UW took the 15-13 lead into the media timeout. Rowland got the set and put it down to make it 17-15, and after a good rally, Collymore and Rowland rebuffed Stanford's efforts for a three-point edge. The teams continued siding out with UW alternating between a two and three-point edge. A fastball from Salvo ricocheted back over and out and Stanford called its first timeout. Three of the next four went Stanford's way and they leveled things at 22-22, forcing UW to take time. Junior Becky Perry, who had checked in at 21-20, earned her first kill on the next point, but Okogbaa tied it again for the Cardinal. Perry hit back with another off the block and the Dawgs earned a set point. After Stanford's last timeout, the teams went back and forth with the crowd holding its breath. Collymore had two big swings that Stanford kept alive, and Salvo dug three attacks from Alix Klineman, giving Collymore a third shot and she fired it off the defenders and this time it sailed wide and the Dawgs got the set, 25-23.

Collymore served the Huskies to an 4-0 lead to start the fourth set, with an untouched ace on the third point and another on the fourth that was dug but mishandled. The teams swapped sideouts, with Perry continuing the strong play she showed at the end of the third. She ended a xx-point Cardinal run with her second kill of the set to make it 9-7 UW. Collymore showed her serve was back in top form as she lasered another ace on her next attempt and Stanford had to call time with UW back up 11-8. Rowland and Salvo earned a big-time block for 13-9, but the Cardinal bounced right back with three-straight and the Dawgs took time up just one. Two big swings over the next three points from Barfield kept UW in front, but Stanford finally drew even at 15-all on a block by Klineman. Washington needed another timeout after Stanford pushed ahead by two. UW quickly responded with two of its own to knot it again, and Collymore cranked the next one crosscourt for an 18-17 lead. Then Miyashiro set up Collymore and she dialed it down but placed it well for another point. UW couldn't find the range on the next couple points, but a tip from Rowland evened it at 20-all. Collymore and Rowland kept Stanford in reach with clutch kills, and a Lichtman error made it 23-23 and the Cardinal called time. It wasn't to be, however, as Stanford went twice more to Okogbaa who managed to get through the block for Cardinal points and a 25-23 win. Stanford was more efficient in the fourth, hitting .281 to .154 for UW.

Rowland got the kill to start set five, but service errors early hurt the Dawgs. Carlson sent one down to tie things at four, but the Cardinal got the next three points, the latter two on blocks and UW needed time trailing 7-4. Perry stopped the run with a kill off the block, and Collymore powered the next point through after the Huskies stymied Okogbaa twice. After a service error, Collymore racked up another kill to make it 8-7 Cardinal. Stanford held serve on a block and owned an 11-8 edge. The play of the match might have been at 11-9, when a long rally with several incredible digs finally ended on a block by Rowland and xxx off a tip attempt. Stanford whistled for time up 11-10. A crucial point was ended on a down the line kill by Salvo to bring UW within one, but Stanford earned match point with a kill on the next point. Perry went up against a block from Alex Fisher and Okogbaa on the next point and came up short, and the Cardinal escaped with the 15-12 fifth set win and the match.

The Dawgs will be in town next weekend to host the L.A. schools. UCLA visits Seattle on Friday, Oct. 16, for a 6 p.m. match-up, then USC heads to Bank of America Arena on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tip.