Fifth-Ranked Washington Sweeps No. 10 USC

11/7/2008

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington volleyball chalked up its fifth win over a top-10 opponent Friday night as the fifth-ranked Huskies downed No. 10 USC, 3-0, in the Bank of America Arena. The win marked the first time since 2005 - and just the third time ever - that Washington has won both meetings in the same season.

With the win, the Huskies move to 18-4 on the season, 9-3 in the Pac-10, while the Women of Troy slip to 13-8, 6-6 in the Pac-10.

"We played pretty good," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "We had good swings, had good numbers. I told the team I thought we could block a little better. But we got some key blocks at key times. We can do it a lot better though, for sure. We dug the ball well. We won some long rallies and that's the sign of a really good team when you do that and you do that a couple of times. We passed well, we served well, we hit the ball in. We did the things we needed to do."

Becky Perry led the Husky offense with 18 kills on 29 swings for a .517 attack percentage. The sophomore also chipped in six digs, an assist and a block assist. Junior Airial Salvo recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 10 digs. Salvo was one of four Huskies to hit over .300 for the night with a .312 attack percentage. Senior Jessica Swarbrick contributed nine kills and two block assists, hitting .467 for the evening, while freshman Bianca Rowland tied her career-high attack percentage with five kills on seven swings for a .571 attack.

Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund continued to distribute the offense well, putting up 47 assists and recording 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. She also registered on block assist.

Tamari Miyashiro scooped out a match-high 17 digs, leading the trio of Huskies with double-figure digs.

As a team, Washington recorded 50 kills and 4.0 blocks. The Huskies hit .393 as a team and led the Women of Troy in kills (54-40), assists (51-40) and digs (50-45). Washington also committed just 10 attack errors and forced 14.

USC hopped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the decisive third set, forcing Washington into an early timeout. A block by Rowland and Perry gave the Huskies a point back. Washington chipped away at the USC lead, but trailed the Women of Troy through the set's 21st point. A kill by Perry tied the set at 11 all. Southern California took the lead again on a kill by Kimmee Roleder, but Jill Collymore came through with a kill the tie the set again at 12-12. A costly attack error by the Women of Troy gave the advantage to Washington, putting the Huskies up 13-12. USC tied the set at 13-13 on a kill by Lauren Williams, but back-to-back attack errors shifted momentum to the Huskies' side, giving the Dawgs a 15-13 edge. Southern California called a timeout to regroup and managed to take the first point coming out of the break. Washington took the point back off a kill by Perry. Twice, the Women of Troy came within a point of Washington, but the Huskies used a four point run off a pair of back-to-back kills by Salvo and Swarbrick to shut USC down.

Washington trailed most of the second set. Southern California came out swinging, taking a 6-2 lead early. McLaughlin called a timeout to refocus his players and Perry landed a kill coming out of the break. The Women of Troy built a solid four point lead, but a pair of Husky kills and a Trojan attack error put Washington back within one. The Huskies kept it close, tying the set at 12-12 and 13-13 before falling behind again. Down 22-19, Washington called its second timeout, hoping to slow USC's momentum. A kill by Swarbrick and an attack error by USC put Washington down by one, 22-21. Alex Jupiter came through with another kill to put USC up 23-21, but Swarbrick answered with a kill of her own to drive the score to 23-22. Jupiter registered another kill, 24-22 USC. A big block by Hagglund and Swarbrick brought the Huskies back within a point, 24-23. An attack error by USC tied the set at 24-24. Southern California called a timeout. A USC attack error gave the lead to Washington, 25-24. A kill by Salvo finished the set for the Huskies.

The first set started as a dog fight, with neither team able to firmly establish control. The teams battled through four early tied before Washington finally took a 5-4 lead it would not relinquish. The Huskies coasted to a 12-8 advantage before USC called its first timeout. Washington took the next two points off the break, leading 14-8. The Women of Troy chipped away at the Huskies' lead, but were unable to make much of a dent. With Washington leading 21-14, USC called its second timeout. A kill by Collymore gave the Dawgs a 22-14 advantage. Washington would only give up two more points before winning the set 25-16.

The Huskies are back in action Sunday as they host No. 9 UCLA (16-4, 6-6 Pac-10) at 1pm in the Bank of America Arena. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.

Article courtesy of Washington athletics.

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