Volleyball Stuns No. 13 UCLA

Oct. 26, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Sophomore Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) downed 15 kills with a .536 hitting percentage to lift Washington (5-6 Pac-10, 13-7) over No. 13 UCLA (5-6 Pac-10, 12-9) in straight games (30-28, 30-27, 30-22). The win came in front of 1,333 fans at the Bank of America Arena and marked the team's first victory over the Bruins since the 1998 season.

Tomasevic ran the show in game one, recording six kills, including the game-winner to take the 30-28 victory. Washington took its biggest lead at 8-2 but a stubborn Bruin offense chipped away at the Huskies' lead to knot the score at 12-all. The score tied up four more times through 28-28 with Washington never holding more than a two point lead before Tomasevic sealed the win with a monstrous kill at game-point. The Bruins used a balanced offense with three player recording five kills in the game but 10 attack errors and a .218 hitting percentage let the Huskies power its way to the win.

Game two opened with the score knotting seven times through 12-12. The Huskies then pushed its lead to seven at 21-15 with four Tomasevic kills, an ace by senior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) and four Bruin attack errors. UCLA battled its way back within one point at 26-25 as six different Bruins recorded kills. A kill by UW's Alexis McDonald (Long Beach, Calif.) gave the Huskies the game-point advantage and a block by McDonald and sophomore Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) earned Washington the 30-27 win.

The Bruins stumbled out of the blocks in game three, hitting just .064 as a team. The Huskies jumped out to a 12-3 lead on kills by freshman Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia), senior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) and Tomasevic, combined with five Bruin attack errors. UCLA pulled within three points at the 21-18 mark but a kill by McDonald and two by Benjamin brought Washington to match point at 29-21. Myhre closed the door on a Bruin comeback with the final kill to take the match, 30-22.

'Tonight was a huge win for us,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'The Bruins are a good team and are well coached. I feels great to see how we're improving.'

Tomasevic finished the game with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Benjamin added 10 kills and seven digs. Maurer ran a steady Husky offense, dishing 39 assists. Freshman libero Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the Husky defense with a match-high 11 digs while Washington out-blocked the Bruins, 14.5-4.0. McDonald, Myhre and Leck each recorded six block assists on the night for Washington.

The Huskies start a four game road trip next week when they take on the nationally ranked Arizona schools on Nov. 1-2.

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