No. 9 Washington Routs Pacific

9/11/2008

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HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The ninth-ranked Washington volleyball team extended its winning streak to seven with a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-11, 25-13) of Pacific Thursday night in the opening match of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, hosted by Hawai'i. The match was highlighted by an almost error-free evening of hitting for the Huskies, who tallied only four errors on 80 attacks.

Senior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick had a perfect night on attack, with eight kills on eight swings with zero errors, plus a service ace. She was equally strong on defense, notching a block solo and three block assists. Junior outside hitter Jill Collymore was again a strong contributor for the Huskies, tallying 13 kills, eight digs, three block assists and three service aces. Collymore hit .565 on the evening. Kindra Carlson recorded 11 kills, hit .450 and added six digs and three block assists. Meanwhile sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund put up 38 of the team's 43 assists and chipped in three service aces and two block assists. Tamari Miyashiro led the team in digs with 10.

As a team, Washington recorded 46 kills to Pacific's 25 and out-hit the Tigers .525-.119. The Huskies led the match in nearly every statistical category, notching 8.5 blocks to Pacific's 2.0, 43 assists to the Tigers' 26, eight service aces to none and 38 digs to Pacific's 23. The Tigers recorded more total attacks than Washington, 84-80.

The third set was a repeat of the first, with the Huskies taking a commanding win over the Tigers. Washington took the first point of the set and the teams traded points until the set was tied 6-6. The Huskies took the lead, 8-7, then went on a 13-2 scoring binge, scattering their kills across their balanced attack. Washington also managed four service aces during the run, two of which came from Collymore.

In the second stanza, Washington took the first point off a block by Carlson and freshman Bianca Rowland. The teams stayed close through the set's first 15 points, but the Huskies pulled away on a 10-2 scoring run, leaving the Tigers unable to catch up. The Dawgs hit .524 in the second set, while Pacific managed an attack percentage of just .037.

The first set was quick as the Huskies dominated play from the beginning. Carlson put the first point on the board with a kill off a Hagglund assist. Washington outscored Pacific at an almost 2-1 clip, twice taking four straight points. Hagglund served up two aces in the first set, helping Washington put the Tigers away. As a team, the Huskies hit .455 in the first set and held Pacific to just .139.

Washington is back in action Friday, Sept. 12 at 8pm PT, facing Saint Mary's in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Huskies will take on 10th-ranked host Hawai'i Saturday night at 10pm PT. Live stats are available for all Washington matches on GoHuskies.com.

Article courtesy of Washington athletics.

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