No. 5 Washington Tops Arizona, 3-1

11/28/2008

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The fifth-ranked Huskies picked up another 3-1 win, topping Arizona Friday night at the Bank of America Arena (25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17). Sophomore Jenna Hagglund tallied 52 assists on the night, moving her into fifth place all-time in career assists at Washington.

Washington is now 23-4 on the season, 14-3 in the Pac-10. Arizona slips to 16-13, 6-11 in the Pac-10.

Hagglund needed exactly 52 assists to move into fifth place all-time and that is exactly what she delivered Friday night, in front of 2,553 fans. Saturday night, she needs to put up just 31 assists to move into fourth place. She also managed 11 digs, good for her ninth double-double of the season.

"Arizona played us tough," said Hagglund. "They're a big, physical team and they dug a lot of balls and blocked a lot of balls. We needed to keep playing our game and focus on us, and we came out on top. Our hitters took care of tough swings tonight. I need to keep setting more quick and we'll be fine."

Senior Jessica Swarbrick led the Husky offense, notching eight kills on 16 swings with just two attack errors for a .375 attack percentage. Jill Collymore came in off the bench in the third set to pound out eight kills on 23 swings. Junior Airial Salvo picked up her seventh double-double of the season, tallying a team-high 18 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Kindra Carlson notched another solid performance, racking up 14 kills, two solo blocks and two block assists.

On defense, junior Tamari Miyashiro had an outstanding evening, recording a match-high 31 digs, leading a corps of four Huskies with double-figure digs. Freshman Bianca Rowland chipped in four block assists and Salvo put up two more.

As a team, the Huskies hit just .194, but led in kills (59-57), assists (56-53) and service aces (5-2).

"We weren't sharp tonight," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. We were good at the end of all of our sets tonight, except the fourth, when we started out hot and then maintained it. But our offense wasn't clicking. We didn't pass well and when that happens, we're pretty predictable. So that's a little disappointing. We've got to win the serve and pass, and we'll be hot in the tournament."

"It was a tough match to play," added McLaughlin. "We've just got to keep getting better. Those guys played well. Their life's on the line to make the tournament and I hope they're in. They're a good team, they deserve to be in. We knew they'd play well and they played well."

In the fourth set, the Huskies jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, powered by three straight kills by Salvo and back-to-back aces by Collymore. Washington then gave three points back, but continued to build a strong lead. A kill by Swarbrick, followed by a kill by Salvo and a third ace by Collymore gave the Dawgs a 16-8 advantage over the Wildcats, forcing Arizona into a timeout. Coming out of the break, Arizona tried to use small runs of two and three points to catch up to Washington, but the Wildcats' hopes of a rally were dashed by a laser shot from Salvo to end the match, 25-17.

Set three started with Arizona taking a 6-1 lead, causing Washington to take an early timeout. The Huskies took the next two points, then managed a run of three. Arizona responded with a two-point run and a four-point run, forcing Washington into its second timeout, down 14-9. A block by Salvo and Rowland gave the Huskies a point and an error by Dosty cut the Arizona lead to three. A Wildcat kill put them ahead by four, but an Arizona attack error followed by a kill from Carlson and a solo block by Carlson put the Huskies within a point. Arizona called a timeout to regroup. Neither team was able to gain much momentum, each taking two or three points at a time, but neither able to build a sizeable lead. Down 21-19, Washington capitalized on an Arizona attack error and a kill by Salvo to tie the set at 21-21. The Wildcats took the next two points. A kill by Carlson put the Huskies within one, but the Dawgs could get no closer. Two consecutive Washington attack errors closed out the set in favor of Arizona, 25-22.

The second stanza began with a service ace by Salvo, and the Huskies building a 7-3 lead. Arizona called a timeout, hoping to slow Washington's momentum. The two teams traded points, but Washington maintained its lead, going up 11-7. Arizona pieced together a four-point run off a kill, a block and two Washington attack errors, tying the set at 11 all, and forcing Washington into a timeout. Salvo took the next point for the Huskies, but an attack error gave it back to Arizona, tying the set at 12-12. The teams would tie four more times at 13, 14, 15 and 16, before the Wildcats reeled off three straight points on a kill, an ace and a Husky attack error, taking the 19-16 lead. Washington called its second timeout, looking to quell the Wildcat rally. The Huskies got a point off a kill by Rowland, but gave it back on a kill by Dosty. A Washington block and an Arizona attack error put the Huskies within a point, 20-19. Dosty picked up another kill for Arizona, but a kill by Swarbrick and a bad set by Arizona tied the set at 21-21, forcing Arizona to call its second timeout. A block by Hagglund and Swarbrick momentarily gave Washington the lead, but the Wildcats tied it up at 22-22, before taking a slim 23-22 edge. The Huskies reeled off three straight points off back-to-back kills by Perry and Swarbrick and an attack error by Arizona to close out the set, 25-23.

The two teams set the tone for the match early in the first set, tying four times before either team could build more than a two point lead. Arizona built the first advantage, reeling off five straight points to take a 7-4 edge. The Huskies kept chipping away, finally stringing together a three-point run on two Washington blocks and an Arizona attack error. One point later, the Huskies did it again, taking three straight points on a kill by Rowland and two Arizona errors, tying the set at 13-13. The teams battled through six more tied before two kills by Carlson and an Arizona attack error gave Washington a 21-19 advantage. The Wildcats called a timeout. Carlson picked up another big kill to drive the score to 22-19. Washington gave up two points before taking another, hanging on to a slim 23-21 margin. Arizona took two more points, tying the set at 23 all, before a kill by Swarbrick and a kill by Perry ended the set in Washington's favor, 25-23.

The Huskies are back in action Saturday night at 7:30pm as they host Arizona State for their final match of the regular season. Washington will learn its NCAA Tournament fate Sunday evening, as the selection show airs live on ESPNU at 7pm. The Huskies will host the Regional round of the NCAA Tournament, Dec. 12-13. For the complete schedule and ticket information, log on to GoHuskies.com.
 
Article courtesy of Washington athletics.

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