Nov. 7, 2009

SEATTLE - Revenge was sweet tonight for the fourth-ranked Washington volleyball team as the Huskies swept No. 5 Stanford 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 tonight at Bank of America Arena in front of 4,557 fans. Washington (20-2, 10-2 Pac-10) avenged one of its two setbacks this year and emphatically snapped a four-match skid against the Cardinal (15-7, 8-4 Pac-10).

Senior Jill Collymore and junior Kindra Carlson both posted 12 kills and Collymore fired four aces along with a .385 attack percentage to put the pressure on the Cardinal. Junior All-American Jenna Hagglund had a double-double with 37 assists and 13 digs, and directed the Huskies to a .262 hitting percentage while Stanford hit .226. Senior All-American Tamari Miyashiro's 15 digs anchored the defense.

"For the most part we put the pressure on them, kept in on them, and finished the thing," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "When you have a good plan and good execution you can beat a really good team in three, and we were good tonight. The women played intelligent ball tonight. Jill had a good week of practice and her game reflected that, so it's always good to see a return on hard work."

The Huskies took a few minutes to rev up in the first set, losing the first four points. But from 1-5 down, Washington ran off 13 of the next 16 points and forced two Cardinal timeouts to take command of the set. Collymore had UW's first two kills of the set and two service aces to get UW going. Three consecutive Stanford errors were followed by a Hagglund ace and the Huskies had a 14-8 edge. Carlson stuffed a solo block, and redshirt freshman Kelcey Dunaway responded with a finish for a 16-10 lead. Collymore continued to roll with three kills down the stretch. She brought UW to set point with her fifth kill of the set, and ended it with her sixth, as UW owned the first frame, 25-21. The Huskies outhit the Cardinal, .303 to .194 led by Collymore's .600 percentage (6-0-10).

Washington got off to a better start in set two, earning four-straight points on Carlson's serve for an early 4-1 lead. Collymore connected again and Salvo earned the kill on the next point as UW went up 7-2 and the Cardinal needed a break. Stanford had a 4-1 run out of the timeout to force UW to take time. The teams went back and forth for the middle portion of the set, with Carlson doing the lion's share of the damage on offense with five kills in an 11 point stretch. A dual block from Dunaway and Hagglund made it 19-15, but after a Stanford timeout, they pulled back within one at 20-19 and UW took time. The Cardinal got even at 22 apiece, but sophomore Bianca Rowland put the Huskies right back ahead with a finish. Salvo flew in and cranked an attack crosscourt for a kill to bring up set point. A bad set saved one for Stanford, but Collymore crushed the next set from Hagglund down to the floor and the crowd erupted, cheering the 25-23 win and the 2-0 lead.

Down 4-5 to start set three, Collymore sent two serves in a row careening off the Stanford `D' and into the seats for aces to give UW the lead for the first time. A long rally on the next point was capped off with a Rowland dagger, and Stanford needed time with UW up 7-5. Stanford evened things up, but powerful put-aways from Salvo kept UW ahead. Carlson went high off the block for her 10th kill, and an error by Stanford's Alix Klineman made it 12-9 Dawgs. Miyashiro gently coaxed a serve just over the net, and it dropped in front of Stanford in its confusion for an ace. Salvo painted the line crosscourt on the next point and it was 15-10 UW with Stanford calling time once again. A few points later, Stanford juggled one at net and Hagglund stepped in to earn her first kill to make it 17-12. A lengthy exchange was ended at the net as Klineman's attempt was short and UW held a 19-13 lead. Hagglund found another gift and Salvo pounded her fourth kill of the set for make it 21-14. Stanford crept to within 23-18, but Collymore wound up for two more bombs for UW's final two points and Washington closed out the match, 25-19. The Huskies hit .308 in the final frame compared to .211 for the Cardinal, with Salvo and Collymore combining for eight kills and just one error on 20 swings.

Collymore was especially satisfied earning the win in her last home meeting with the rival Cardinal.

"When we play our game and play Washington volleyball, we really can do this. We have a shot to go all the way, but we have to play our game and we can't let up at all," Collymore said.

Washington can't afford any letdown, however, as 13th-ranked California comes calling on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.