No. 9 Washington Sweeps Portland to Open Season 2-0

8/30/2008

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - The No. 9 Husky volleyball team closed out the 14th Annual Holiday Inn Classic hosted by Montana State by sweeping its second straight opponent Saturday, beating regional rival Portland in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-12. Washington is now 2-0 on the young season.

Redshirt junior Jill Collymore paced the Huskies with a match-high 12 kills and a .321 attack percentage with junior Airial Salvo not far behind (five kills, .294 hitting). Salvo also tallied an outstanding seven of the team's 11 service aces. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund put up 27 assists and was one dig shy of a double-double. Freshman Bianca Rowland led the Huskies in blocks with five block assists, while senior Jessica Swarbrick, Salvo and Collymore each tallied one block solo.

As a team, Washington outhit the Pilots, .209-.000 and put up 11.5 blocks to Portland's 3.0. The Pilots posted 41 digs to the Huskies' 35, but had only 27 kills to Washington's 30. Only three members of the Portland squad managed a hitting percentage above .000.

Washington took the first four points of the third set, forcing Portland into a timeout. The Pilots rallied to drive to score to 12-11 Washington, but the Huskies scored 11 straight points before Portland got another point on the board. A service error on Washington's part gave the Pilots their 12th point of the set before a kill by Becky Perry and a block by Perry and Swarbrick closed out the match.

In the second set, the Pilots kept the score close through the set's first 12 points, but the Huskies started to pull away on a kill by sophomore Kindra Carlson. The Huskies reeled off five straight points, driving the score to 15-7. Washington allowed three points, but the Pilots never got closer than within three. The Huskies hit only.088 as a team in the second set, but put up four blocks, helping the Dawgs to a 25-18 victory.

The first set was the closest, as the Huskies allowed the Pilots to tie the score seven times before they managed to put the set out of reach. A host of errors on both sides of the net kept the set close as the Huskies struggled to build a lead. Finally, with the score knotted at 13-13, Washington started to pull away on a kill by Collymore. The Pilots came within a point three more times, but the Huskies took seven of the last nine points of the set to pull out the win.

Salvo, Perry and sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro were named to the All-Tournament Team for their efforts.

Washington returns home to host Gonzaga, Portland State and Boise State in the Northwest Challenge this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4-5 at the Bank of America Arena. The Huskies take on Gonzaga Thursday night at 7pm, Boise State at 11am Friday and Portland State at 7pm Friday. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

Article courtesy of Washington athletics.

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