No. 3 Washington Sweeps No. 18 Arizona
Oct. 4, 2009
SEATTLE - No. 3 Washington volleyball took care of business tonight at Bank of America Arena, turning in a complete and efficient performance in sweeping No. 18 Arizona, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16. The Huskies ran their record set win-streak to 42, and now sit at 14-0 on the season and 4-0 in Pac-10 play. Arizona drops to 12-3 and 1-3 in league.
The Huskies hit at a season-high .413 while holding the Wildcats to just .094. Three Huskies reached double figures in kills, led by junior Kindra Carlson's season-high 16 on 32 attempts with just two errors for a .438 percentage. Senior Jill Collymore nailed 14 kills to go with four aces, and fellow senior Airial Salvo had her third double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs while hitting .562.
"I liked the intensity we came out with; the energy," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "We're going to take a couple days off and rest up a bit, but this was a better game start to finish (than Friday). We came right out of the chute and served well and put pressure on them and our sideout game was good so we were good on both sides of the ball."
Six of the first seven points went Washington's way and Arizona had to call time early to collect itself. UW was hitting 5-of-7 for .714 compared to one kill and an error on seven attempts for UA. Things didn't improve for the `Cats out of the break, however, as Carlson hit her first ace and UW continued to roll. A Wildcat miscue and Salvo's first kill forced Arizona to call its second timeout with UW up 9-1. Collymore's fourth kill in the early going made it 11-1 before Arizona's Karst stopped the streak with her team's second kill. Arizona never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. Carlson's second ace of the set put UW up 22-10. She then took UW to set point with her fourth kill, and Salvo clinched it with her fourth kill of the set. The Dawgs wound up at .457 hitting for the set with 17 kills to just one error. Arizona was held to .154. Salvo and Collymore combined for 10 kills and no errors on 19 attempts, while junior Jenna Hagglund assisted on 15 of UW's 17 finishes.
In set two, Salvo collected two early finishes to help stake UW to a 5-3 lead. Arizona clawed back to 6-6, but then UW went on a three-point run started by a Carlson kill, complemented by a Collymore put-away and an Arizona error. The Wildcats took time and pulled to within 10-9, but the Huskies then made a break for it. Carlson put down a Hagglund lob and Collymore took over on serve. A Bianca Rowland smash was followed by a Collymore ace, and Arizona took time again at 13-9. Another UA flub was compounded by ace number two for Collymore. Arizona ended the streak but Washington had another left in it. Salvo served six straight points to run the score up to 23-12. Carlson had two kills and a block in the string and Collymore put one down off a nice bump set by Lauren Barfield. While UW had gone without a block the entire first set, they ramped it up in set two with 4.5, including two on the last two points. Collymore and Rowland got the last block to end the set, 25-13. The Huskies held the Wildcats in the red on offense, as UA hit -.065 to .346 for UW.
After the break, Washington did not relent, and gradually pulled away in the third set for a 25-16 win. Arizona took time trailing 7-3 after Carlson and Salvo planted back-to-back kills, and the Wildcats got within one at 9-8, but another Collymore finish and an ace from Miyashiro opened it back up to 12-8. Collymore's season-high fourth ace made it 15-10, and Washington was taken home on the final three points by the three hitters that worked so well all night with great distribution from Hagglund. Collymore put away the 23rd point, Salvo finished to bring up match point, and then Carlson sent down the final ball on the next point to end it. Washington hit .419 in the third set and had 16 kills to just eight for Arizona.
For the second night in a row, Hagglund turned in a double-double effort, tossing 39 assists and dropping down for 11 digs. With 3,232 assists, Hagglund has now moved into third-place all-time at Washington, surpassing Gretchen Maurer (1999-02). Also climbing up the historical record books is senior Tamari Miyashiro, who last night passed UCLA's Chrissie Zartman (2001-04) for fourth-place in career digs in Pac-10 history, and then tonight Miyashiro took over third from USC's Debora Seilhamer (2003-06). The senior All-American now has 2,083 digs to her name.
Washington will now set off on another pivotal road trip, heading to the Bay Area to face California on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. and then Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 10, also at 7 p.m. in what will be UW's first televised match of the year.