Sixth-Ranked Washington Defeats Washington State, 3-0

10/24/2008

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund moved into seventh place all-time in career assists with a 42 assist performance Friday night, as the No. 6 Washington volleyball team downed in-state rival Washington State, 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-17).

"She's a talented kid and she just keeps better and better," said head coach Jim McLaughlin, of his setter. "It's one of many records she'll break if she continues to mature and make good choices and keep growing as a player."

Hagglund had an outstanding night, spreading the attack evenly with three Washington players hitting over .500. Hagglund herself hit .800 on the evening, with four kills on five swings and chipped in six digs and two block assists against Wazzu.

"It's a great accomplishment and it's a lot about my hitters and the people I get to set," said Hagglund. "I can't get an assist without a kill, so it's definitely a tribute to how well we're hitting. It's nice. It's definitely a good bonus."

Kindra Carlson and Jill Collymore led the Huskies' attack, with Carlson notching an errorless performance of 11 kills on 19 attacks for a .579 hitting percentage. Carlson also picked up three block assists. Collymore registered a match-high 13 kills on 25 swings for a .440 attack percentage, and picked up 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Freshman Bianca Rowland tied her career-best attack percentage, recording five kills for a .571 hitting percentage. Jessica Swarbrick put together another strong outing with nine kills on 13 swings (.538), the Huskies' only solo block and three block assists.

Defensively, Tamari Miyashiro led the team in digs with 14, closely followed by Collymore with 11. The Huskies tallied 7.0 team blocks to the Cougars' 3.0.

As a team, Washington hit .414 and held Wazzu to just .175 hitting. The Huskies recorded 51 kills to the Cougars' 32 and out-paced Washington State in assists (48-32) and digs (44-33). With the win, the Dawgs improve to 16-3 overall, 7-2 in Pac-10, while Washington State slips to 7-13 on the season, 0-9 in Pac-10.

"I thought as the match progressed, we were in better spots," said McLaughlin. "Game one wasn't too good, but as the game progressed, we got better and better. We've still got to keep improving. We're at the halfway point and traditionally, we've always been better in the second half. This team needs to keep that tradition intact and we can do that by continuing to train at a high level and getting better."

Washington State kept the third set close through the first 18 points. The Huskies, up 10-8, pieced together a three point run to distance themselves from the Cougars and drive the score to 13-8. Wazzu never again got closer than within four points. Washington managed two more three-point runs and ran the score up to 24-15 on a kill by Becky Perry. A Wazzu block put the ball back on the Cougars' side of the net and the Cougs picked up another points off a kill by Meagan Ganzer. Carlson smoked a kill down the right side of the court to cut off the Cougs' rally and seal the match for Washington.

The second stanza saw Washington State hop out to a 2-1 lead, but the Huskies put together a six point scoring run to take a commanding 7-2 lead. Wazzu tried to make up ground, but Washington's attack was simply too strong. An ace by Collymore and a block by Swarbrick put the Dawgs up 12-4, forcing the Cougars into a timeout. Wazzu picked up a point coming out of the break, but couldn't find a rhythm. With Washington up 20-9, Washington State took its second timeout of the set. The Cougars took two straight points, but Washington gave up only two more points and won the set, 25-13.

Set one started as a battle, with neither team able to gain a strong lead through the set's first 21 points. Leading 13-11, the Huskies put together their best run of the evening, reeling off six straight points to take the score to 19-11. The Cougars were never able to regain their footing, chipping away at the Washington lead a point at a time. A kill from Collymore ended the set in Washington's favor, 25-17.

The Huskies (16-3, 7-2 Pac-10) have the rest of the weekend off, but resume Pac-10 play next weekend, heading south to take on No. 5 Stanford on Friday and No. 4 California Saturday. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.

Article courtesy of Washington athletics.

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