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The Gonzaga University women's volleyball team lost in three sets to Washington in the 2012 Northwest Challenge.
Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Volleyball Swept By Washington

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 08/25/2012
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SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 14th ranked University of Washington was too much to handle for the Gonzaga University women's volleyball team as the Huskies swept the Bulldogs (21-25, 17-25, 20-25) in their morning match of Northwest Challenge Saturday.

After picking up a season opening win last night against Portland State University, the Bulldogs struggled to keep pace with the tournament host.

Early in each set Washington took a lead and the Bulldogs were never able to close the gap.

In the first set, Washington went on an 11-1 run before Gonzaga took a timeout with the score 19-11.  The Zags would then go on a four point run where redshirt freshman Savannah Blinn had three kills, but it was not enough and Washington took the set 25-21.

The second set did not favor the Bulldogs either. The Huskies jumped out to a quick 18-8 lead and never looked back. Senior Terran Poindexter had six kills in the set but the team was plagued by their eight hitting errors to Washington's three.

In the third set, the Zags stuck around with the Huskies with six kills from Blinn and freshman Lauren Joseph picking up nine assists, but were unable to make a run to close the set. Washington sealed the victory with service ace by Katy Beals.

The Bulldogs finished the match with 33 kills led by Blinn's 12 and Poindexter's 11. Joseph and sophomore Katie Rutherford combined for 28 assists; Joseph with 15 and Rutherford with 13. The Zags were out blocked by the Huskies 14-8 and were slowed with their 23 hitting errors to Washington's 10.

Gonzaga will finish up the Northwest Challenge tonight against Boise State University at 4:30 p.m.

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