Volleyball Ends On A High Note With Sweep Of Gonzaga

Nov. 19, 2000

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies finished their 2000 campaign on a high note, sweeping non-conference foe Gonzaga Sunday, 15-10, 15-13, 15-1, at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition. With the win, the Huskies finished the season with an 8-19 overall record, while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-24 on the year.

The UW got double-doubles from three players with junior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) recording 13 kills and 13 digs, sophomore Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) tallying 12 kills and 11 digs and setter Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) turning in 45 assists and 11 digs. Richardson also added a team match-high five blocks and three aces, while junior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) led the team with 14 kills.

The Huskies broke an early 1-1 tie in the first game on a Richardson kill off an overpass to take a 2-1 lead, which they would never relinquish. The Bulldogs came within two points twice at 4-2 and 6-4, but the Huskies got their first game point of the match on a service ace at 14-10. Gonzaga hung around for six game points, until a hitting error gave the UW game one at 15-10.

Game two proved to be the closest of the three as Gonzaga ran out early to a 6-0 lead prior to a Washington timeout. The timeout seemed to work as the Huskies continued to chip away at the Bulldog lead, catching up finally at 10-10 on an ace. The UW then took the lead for the first time in the game at 11-10 and pushed three more points to get a game point at 14-11 on a ball handling error. Gonzaga stuck around, scoring two straight points on a kill off an overpass and a Husky hitting error to come to within one at 14-13. A Bulldog hitting error on the Huskies' second game point gave the UW a 15-13 win and a 2-0 advantage.

In the third and final game, Washington dominated from the start, driving to a 7-0 advantage before a ball handling error gave Gonzaga what would prove to be its only point of the game as the Huskies secured the three-game victory with a 15-1 win.

The Bulldogs were led by Heather Osberg's 16 kills and Heather Signor's 16 digs, and UW opposite Emily Seacat (Ridgefield, Wash.) finished out her career with nine kills and three blocks.

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