Volleyball Falls To Arizona State, 3-1
Nov. 10, 2001
SEATTLE - For the second straight night, the Washington volleyball team was unable to overcome a two-game deficit, winning game three before coming up short in game four, falling to Arizona State, 30-26, 30-28, 24-30, 30-23, Saturday at Bank of America Arena. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 11-15 overall and 4-13 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 8-14 overall and 3-11 in conference play.
Washington was led offensively by senior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.), who had 19 kills and 15 digs for her third straight double-double. Freshman Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) and senior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) both finished with 13 kills, which junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) was the fourth UW player to reach double figures with 12 kills. Defensively, junior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) and senior Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) recorded season-highs with 19 digs apiece.
Arizona State started the match with an early 9-5 lead, later jumping ahead by as many as seven points at 21-14 on a kill by Jami Coughlin. Washington would rally all the way back to within one point on an ASU hitting error at 23-24, but a Sun Devils' block of a Richardson attack on the next play ignited a 7-2 run and a 30-26 ASU win.
Washington would take it first lead of the match on the first point in game two. The Huskies then opened up a six-point lead at 7-1, following a pair of kills, a block and an ace. The UW later had another seven-point advantage at 13-7, but the Sun Devils managed to stick around the entire game, using a late 5-0 run to take the lead at 26-24. The two schools were tied at 27-27 and 28-28, before a Coughlin kill and an ASU block gave the Sun Devils a two-game advantage with a 30-28 victory.
In game three, both teams battled for control as the Huskies maintained a small lead throughout. Washington finally broke away at 25-22 on a kill by Leck, outscoring the Sun Devils 5-2 over the next span to send the match to a fourth game with a 30-24 win.
The fourth game was decided with the score 22-22, as Arizona State took advantage of a brief injury to Leck, and ran off four straight points to take the lead at 25-22, never looking back and winning 30-23.
ASU's Coughlin finished with a career-best 30 digs, the most by a player in the Pac-10 this season and tied for 10th in Arizona State volleyball history.
Washington plays host to its final match of the season when Washington State travels to Bank of America Arena, November 16, at 7 p.m.
Washington vs. Arizona State - Seattle, Wash. (November 10, 2001)
Arizona State (8-14, 3-11) def. Washington (11-15, 4-13), 30-26, 30-28, 24-30, 30-23
Kills: UW 67 (Richardson 19), ASU 73 (Melhorn 18), Hitting Pct: UW (.180), ASU (.235), Assists: UW 61 (Maurer 55), ASU 66 (Anglin 60), Digs: UW 90 (Churnside, Maurer 19), ASU 96 (Coughlin 30), Aces: UW 5, ASU 5, Blocks: UW (12.0), ASU (11.0).