Volleyball Rolls In Three-Game Sweep Of California

Sept. 20, 2001

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team hit .360 and snapped a four-match losing streak to visiting California with a three-game win, 33-31, 30-16, 30-20, Thursday at Bank of America Arena. With the win, the Huskies moved to 1-0 in the Pac-10 and 6-2 overall, the team's best start since 1996, while the Golden Bears fell to 3-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

'I liked the presence we had on the court - we handled the ebbs and flows of the match very well,' said UW head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We played and acted mature on the court, but we're still not where we want to be at just yet. Although, we'll take a 3-0 match any day.'

The Huskies hit .360 and outblocked Cal at the net 12-3, despite being out of action for the last 12 days. The UW was led by senior center blocker Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.), who tallied 16 kills with no errors on just 19 attempts for a career-best .842 hitting percentage. Classmate Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) added 15 kills on .500 hitting, while freshman Vanessa Gilliam (Fairfield, Calif.) tallied 10 kills.

In the first game, California had two game points at 28-29 and 29-30, but failed to convert after a pair of kills by Underhill, the last of which tied the score at 30-30. The UW then got its first game point following a block by junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) and Gilliam at 31-30. The Golden Bears drew even on the next serve with a kill by Leah Young, but then Young proceeded to serve the next ball into the net, giving the Huskies game point number two at 32-31. The UW would then win the game on the next play at 33-31, when Richardson converted a dig by senior Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.).

The Huskies maintained the momentum through the beginning of game two, jumping out to an 11-4 lead. Cal, however, would bounce back to tie the score at 12-12, before the Huskies went on a 10-0 scoring run all off Richardson's serve to coast to an easy 30-16 victory.

In game three, the Golden Bears hung close until the UW pulled away at 19-14 to win the game and the match with a 30-20 victory.

The Huskies will be back in action for another Pac-10 conference match Friday evening, when the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal travel to Bank of America Arena for the 7 p.m. start.

Washington vs California (Seattle, Wash.) - September 20, 2001
Washington (6-2, 1-0 Pac-10) def. California (3-3, 0-1 Pac-10), 33-31, 30-16, 30-20

Kills: UW 56 (Underhill 16), CAL (Abernathy 12), Hitting: UW .360, CAL .113, Assists: UW 52 (Maurer 46), CAL 35 (McNamee 30), Service Aces: UW 3, CAL 1, Digs: 441 (Ross 9), CAL 32 (Zatica 8), Team Blocks: UW 12 (Underhill 6), CAL 3.

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