Washington Downs Portland State To Advance To Second Round
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington picked up a quick win over Portland State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-14), Friday night to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies (25-4) will face Santa Clara Saturday at 2pm at Bank of America Arena.
Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund spread a balanced offense against the Vikings that saw five Huskies hit six or more kills. Hagglund also registered five aces, tying her career-high. Senior Jessica Swarbrick landed six kills with a hot .417 attack percentage. Sophomore Kindra Carlson recorded eight kills on 18 swings for a .333 clip. Airial Salvo notched six kills and three service aces. Jill Collymore chipped in eight kills and three digs, while freshman Bianca Rowland also notched six kills and a .400 attack efficiency. Becky Perry subbed in in the third set, recording three kills, four digs and a block assist.
Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro directed the defense, scooping up 15 digs and leading a trio of Huskies with six or more digs. Salvo had seven, Megan McAfee chipped in seven and Hagglund recorded six. As a team, the Huskies combined for 13 block assists, with Rowland pacing the Purple and Gold with four. Carlson, Salvo and Swarbrick each chipped in two apiece.
Washington hit .284 as a team, while holding the Vikings to just .020. The Huskies held the edge in kills (38-24), assists (37-24), aces (8-0), digs (45-41) and blocks (6.5-0.0).
"We played well," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "I thought we played well in set one. Set two was solid. Set three wasn't smooth; I thought we played well at times. Overall, it was a good match. The first match is a tough match. You've got to get your bearings and I thought these guys did a good job with that."
In the third set, Washington took the first point, but a Husky error gave the point back to PSU. The Vikings went on a four-point run to take an early 5-2 lead, their largest of the night. Washington took three straight to tie the set at 5-5. The teams tied twice more before Swarbrick served the Huskies to a four-point run, putting Washington on top, 11-7. Portland State got a point back, but Washington pieced together another four point run off a Viking error, a kill by Rowland, a kill by Becky Perry and a service ace by Hagglund to take a 15-8 lead. Portland State called its second timeout and took the next point out of the break. The Vikings scored five more times, but their rally fell short. Washington used two three-point runs to close the door on Portland State, 25-14.
The second stanza saw Washington take a quick 3-0 lead to start the set. After giving up two points, the Huskies went on a 4-0 run, including an ace by Salvo, to drive the score to 7-3. Twice, Portland State got within three points, but the Huskies' quick offense kept the Vikings off-balance. Up 14-9, Hagglund served up an ace to give the Dawgs a 15-9 lead. After an error by Portland State, Hagglund served three straight aces, forcing the Vikings into a timeout. The Vikings took two points back on back-to-back kills, but Carlson notched a kill to put the ball back on Washington's side of the net, quashing Portland State's momentum. The Huskies took the set, 25-15.
Washington came out hot in the first set, hitting .500 as a team and recording just one attack error for the set. Rowland and Swarbrick each registered four kills on five swings for matching .800 attack percentages. Carlson also recorded four kills for a .444 hitting percentage. After giving up the first point of the set, the Huskies went on a seven point scoring binge that included two aces by Salvo and a kill each from Rowland and Collymore. Portland State managed two two-point runs, but Washington shut the Vikings down with three straight points to give the Huskies a 16-8 edge. The Vikings scored again, but Washington used a five-point scoring drive to go up 21-9. An error on Washington put the Vikings into double-digits, but Washington closed out the set, 25-11.
Earlier in the afternoon, Santa Clara upset No. 16 Kansas State, 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 16-25, 15-13). The Broncos went up 2-0 before dropping sets three and four to Kansas State, forcing a fifth, decisive set. Santa Clara squeaked past K-State to earn its way in to the second round face-off against Washington.
"I'm excited to play Santa Clara," said Swarbrick. "It's the same offense as ours, so it's what we do every single day. Yeah, it's a fast set, but we have a lot of fast sets in the Pac-10. I think we have one of the fastest offenses in the Pac-10 and we practice against it every single day."
The Huskies will meet the Broncos at 2pm Saturday in Bank of America Arena. Washington and Santa Clara have met only three times before, all between 1982 and 1984. The Huskies won two of the three, but fell during the last meeting, 3-2, in 1984. Santa Clara is making its 13th NCAA tournament appearance and its 11th straight. In 2005, the year Washington won the national title, Santa Clara knocked off Stanford in the regional, advancing to the Final Four in San Antonio.
Should Washington defeat the Broncos, the Huskies will advance to the regional round, hosted at Washington next Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13. Should Washington advance to the Sweet Sixteen, the Huskies are guaranteed to play at home.
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