Washington Volleyball Upsets No. 6 Stanford, 3-1

Oct. 23, 2003

SEATTLE-- The 10th-ranked Washington volleyball team (15-4, 6-4 Pac-10) defeated No. 6 Stanford (14-5, 7-3 Pac-10) in four games tonight for its first victory over the Cardinal since the 1989 season. It marks just the third UW victory over Stanford in school history, spanning 23 years and 39 matches. It was Washington's first ever win over the Cardinal in Seattle and breaks a 28-match Stanford win streak over the Huskies. Game scores were 30-25, 30-27, 20-30, 30-28.

The Huskies used a balanced attack to down Stanford with five players recording double-digit kills. Junior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) led with way with her eighth double-double. Tomasevic tallied 24 kills, while Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) added 15 kills and Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.), Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) and Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia) each chipped in 11 kills.

Washington took game one 30-25 behind the seven kill performance of Hagerty. Hagerty hit .500 in the opening game (7-1-12), while also logging a pair of blocks. Tomasevic notched six kills in the opener on 12 swings to set the pace for the Huskies. The score knotted six times through 13-all before UW went on a 5-1 run to build the 19-14 lead. Washington pushed that lead to six points at 23-17 and never looked back. Stanford hit just .091 in game one, while the Huskies hit .279.

UW bared down in game two, hitting .420 as a team versus Stanford who hit .289. Tomasevic had eight kills in the game, while Leck added seven kills on 10 swings with no errors. The Huskies held their biggest advantage at 16-8 but the Cardinal slowing creeped back to pull to within two points at 28-26 and 29-27. Myhre tallied the game-winner with a kill down the middle.

Stanford fought back in game three, taking the match 30-20. Washington hit just .077 in the game versus the Cardinal who hit .420. Stanford's ace, Ogonna Nnamani led the charge with eight of her match-high 28 kills in the game, while Kristen Richards and Jennifer Harvey each posted five kills.

The Huskies answered in game four, taking the match with the 30-28 win. The game was played evenly as the score knotted 11 times and neither team ever led by more than four points. Washington held four-point leads at 14-10 and 15-11 but the score was tied as late as 27-all. Two Stanford errors in the final few plays and a kill by Tomasevic lifted UW to victory.

Freshman setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) finished the match with 60 assists, while also digging 12 balls. Tomasevic led the team with 15 digs and libero Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) posted 14 digs in the win.

Washington returns to action tomorrow night when it hosts seventh-ranked California at 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net and will air next Saturday and next Wednesday at 1 p.m.

AGATENo. 10 Washington def. No. 6 Stanford (Seattle, Wash.) Oct. 23, 2003

Washington (154, 6-4 Pac-10) defeated Stanford (14-5, 7-3), (30-25, 30-27, 20-30, 30-28)Kills: UW 73 (Tomasevic 24), STAN 71 (Nnamani 28); Assists: UW 66 (Thompson 60), STAN 65 (Goldhahn 39); Service Aces: UW 3, STAN 3; Digs: UW 73 (Tomasevic 15), STAN 62 (Hucke 17); Team Blocks: UW 10.5, STAN 9.

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