Volleyball Comes Up Short In Upset Bid of No. 8 UCLA, 3-2

Nov. 3, 2001

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team pulled off a near-upset of eighth-ranked UCLA Saturday, rallying to tie the match at two games apiece, before falling in the fifth and deciding game (3-2), 25-30, 30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12, at Pauley Pavilion. With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 11-13 overall and 4-11 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improved to 13-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play.

The Huskies received an outstanding effort from a number of players, including senior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.), who had a career-best 28 kills on 61 attempts to lead the UW offense. Junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) was the second UW player to reach the 20-kill plateau, finishing with 20 kills on 46 attempts to go with a career-best 20 digs.

Freshman Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) added a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs, while junior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.), fell one short of tying her career best in assists with 67 for the match. Defensive specialists Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) and Elissa Ross (Spokane, Wash.) had 12 and 13 digs apiece, as five Husky players reached double-digits in digs.

The Huskies surprised the eighth-ranked Bruins in the first game, breaking a 21-21 tie, with a three-point scoring run, eventually winning, 30-25. UCLA, however, rebounded in the next two games, with a 30-24 win in game two and a 30-25 victory in game three, when the Bruins combined to hit a phenomenal .390. The UW rallied to even the match at two games apiece, breaking a 15-15 tie and never looking back, winning game four 30-24.

In the fifth and deciding game, the UW fell behind early by five points at 3-8. The Huskies once again rallied to score four straight points, before tying the match at 10-10 and taking the lead at 11-10 on a kill by Benjamin.

Following a UCLA timeout, the Bruins got two kills from Angela Eckmier and one from Ashley Bowles to retake the lead at 13-11. A kill by Benjamin brought the UW to within one at 12-13, but another Bowles kill and a match-ending kill from UCLA's Lauren Fendrick, gave the Bruins the 15-12 win and the match.

Washington heads home for its final three conference matches versus Arizona (Nov. 9), Arizona State (Nov. 10) and Washington State (Nov. 16).

Washington at #8 UCLA - Los Angeles, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2001)

#8 UCLA (13-6, 8-4) def. Washington (11-13, 4-11), 25-30, 30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12Kills: UW 78 (Richardson 28), UCLA 85 (Bowles 19), Hitting Pct: UW (.261), UCLA (.258), Assists: UW 74 (Maurer 67), UCLA 59 (Selsor 59), Digs: UW 90 (Benjamin 20), UCLA 84 (Bowles 21), Aces: UW 4 (Richardson 2) , UCLA 5, Blocks: UW (9.5), UCLA (10.0).

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