Nov. 21, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The No. 4 Washington volleyball team (22-4, 12-4) took a 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 win over Washington State (17-11, 5-11) Saturday night before 5,807 fans at the Bank of America Arena.
UW's Kinda Carlson led the match with 16 kills while Becky Perry added 12 kills (.346) and Bianca Rowland had 11 kills (.647). Jenna Hagglund had 44 assists, 10 digs and three blocks, while Tamari Miyashiro led the match with 16 digs. Washington hit .333 for the match.
Sophomore Meagan Ganzer led the Cougars with 13 kills (.423) and Brittany Tillman contributed 10 kills (.467). Cassie Robbins had a match-high four blocks and Renee Bordelon had 32 assists. Oceana Bush and Kelly Hyder combined for 22 digs. WSU hit .260 as a team.
"I thought we competed very well in that first set. We stayed calm and let them get their big swings and their short runs," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "But very similar to back home, we didn't have the urgency once we got close, to pull ahead. In the second set when we were down 17-11, there were seven points where there wasn't one hard swing from them and we didn't pick up those balls. We made some good runs but we didn't sustain it. I thought Tilly had a great game transitioning and Meagan hit over .400. Rachel did a good job hitting .333. I'm excited about the offense but it's the defensive and the urgency portion that we have to work on."
The first set had 10 ties and two lead changes with UW's largest lead at 23-20. Tillman's attack gave the Cougs 21 points but the Huskies countered immediately with a kill from Carlson and were at set point. WSU denied the Dawgs twice as Robbins and Ganzer put a big block up on Carlson and Ganzer followed with a solo block of Carlson. Perry's attack landed in the WSU court to take the 25-23 win. WSU hit .324 in the opener and UW hit .300. Tillman, Ganzer, Salvo and Perry all had four kills in this set.
Huskies took the early lead in the second set and used trios of points to take a 21-14 lead. Tillman provided a pair of kills and a block in the late going but wasn't enough as UW took the 25-18 win. Carlson's seven kills and UW's .333 hitting percentage certainly provided the advantage in this set as WSU hit .171.
Washington dominated the third set, taking a 23-14 lead. WSU battled back with kills from Ganzer and blocks from Todorovich and Robbins to score five of the final six points. Carlson's 16th kill of the night gave the Dawgs the 25-19 win and the match sweep. UW hit .317 and WSU hit .267 in this set.
WSU ends the regular season next week in Pullman, hosting No. 17 Oregon (16-9, 6-9 - without 11/21 UCLA results) Wed., Nov. 25, and Oregon State (12-16, 3-13) Fri., Nov. 27, in 7 p.m. matches in Bohler Gym.