Volleyball Falls to UCLA In Four Games

Oct. 4, 2001

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team rallied to win game three (30-28), but were unable to overcome a two-game deficit, falling to fifth-ranked UCLA Thursday, 30-23, 30-20, 28-30, 30-24, at Bank of America Arena. With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 8-5 overall and 2-3 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improved to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

UW senior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) led the Huskies in kills for the 10th time this season, tallying 16 kills and adding six blocks. Senior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) also recorded 10 kills, while junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) tallied nine kills and six blocks. Husky freshman Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) tied a pair of career bests versus the Bruins, recording three service aces and 14 digs.

After dropping the first two games, the Huskies rallied from a 11-17 deficit in the third game to tie the score at 27-27. The UW then took the lead for good at 28-27, when Benjamin and Leck teamed to block a hitting attempt by Bruin Ashley Bowles. Another UCLA hitting error gave the Huskies the first of two game points, as Richardson converted the second opportunity with a kill to earn the 30-28 win, the UW's first game win over the Bruins since 1998.

Washington hung close early in the fourth game, before UCLA broke an 8-8 tie with a 5-0 run, as the Bruins went on to win the game and the match with a 30-24 victory.

UCLA outside hitter Kristee Porter, who finished the game with 20 kills, became the Pac-10 and UCLA career kills leader with 2,126 to her credit. Porter broke the previous record of 2,115 set by former UCLA standout Natalie Williams, with her 10th kill of the match.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 play Friday evening with a 7 p.m. match versus third-ranked USC at Bank of America Arena.

Washington vs #5 UCLA (Seattle, Wash.) - October 4, 2001
#5 UCLA (8-2, 3-1 Pac-10) def. Washington (8-5, 2-3 Pac-10), 30-23, 30-20, 28-30, 30-24

Kills: UW 51 (Richardson 16), UCLA (Porter 20), Hitting: UW .154, UCLA .288, Assists: UW 46 (Maurer 41), UCLA 64 (Selsor 57), Service Aces: UW 6 (Leck 3), UCLA 10 (Porter 5), Digs: UW 37 (Leck 14), UCLA 61 (Porter 13), Team Blocks: UW 10 (Benjamin, Richardson 6), UCLA 15 (Eckmier 11).

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