Volleyball Stuns No. 19 Arizona State
Nov. 2, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. --The Washington volleyball team upset No. 19 Arizona State, 3-1 this evening to complete the road sweep of the Arizona schools for the first time since 1989. The win marks the third straight over a ranked opponent for the Huskies and improves their record to 7-6 in the Pac-10 and 15-7 overall. ASU, who is in the midst of a three game losing streak, drops to 6-6 in conference and 10-7 overall. Game scores were 30-27, 30-27, 27-30, 30-22.
The Huskies were led by the 21 kills from outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) and 19 from Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia). Sophomore Alexis McDonald (Long Beach, Calif.) also played well at net with seven kills and four blocks. Senior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) paced the Husky offense by dishing out 60 assists in the four-game win and libero Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the UW defense with 19 digs. The Huskies out-blocked Arizona State 14.5-5.0, and out-hit the Devils .293-.188.
'The difference was that we made key plays at key times,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'ASU put pressure on us and we responded at the times we needed to. Paige, Alexis and Sanja played good and we hit, blocked and dug well which are the things you need to do to win.'
The Huskies return to action next week with a non-conference match-up at Idaho State on Nov. 6 and a Pac-10 match against intrastate rivals Washington State on Nov. 8. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. for both contests.