Volleyball Wins NIU Invitational

Sept. 4, 2004

DEKALB, Ill.-- The seventh-ranked Washington volleyball team (3-0) captured the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites Invitational title today with victories over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and host Northern Illinois. The Huskies defeated UWM 3-0 (30-15, 30-10, 30-21) in the opener, before sweeping NIU 3-0 (30-26, 30-16, 30-20) in the nightcap. The Huskies won all nine of their games over the weekend and held their opponents to 20 or less points six times.Senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic led the Husky attack throughout the tournament, averaging 5.67 kills per game and posting 61.5 points over the weekend. Also contributing to the UW offense were Brie Hagerty (3.67 kpg), Christal Morrison (3.38 kpg) and Darla Myhre (2.44 kpg/ 1.56 dpg).Candace Lee led Washington's defense, collecting 55 digs in three matches for a 6.11 dpg average.In the match against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tomasevic and Morrison led the Husky attack with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Washington out-hit the Panthers .396 to .083 and out-blocked UWM 10 to four.Sophomore setter Courtney Thompson tallied 34 assists against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, while Myhre and Morrison each picked up six blocks.Lee anchored the Husky defense with 12 digs, while Danka Danicic added 10 to tie her career-high set last night against Butler.UW's best performance came in game two as the Huskies out-hit the Panthers .500 to -.081. UWM didn't have a positive hitting percentage until the third set when it hit .158.In the nightcap, Tomasevic once again led all players with 19 kills, while Hagerty added 13 kills. Jessica Veris also made an impact offensively, recording six kills in eight swings for a .750 hitting percentage.Thompson provided a spark for Washington, dishing 45 assists, while Lee and Danicic each logged nine digs.The Huskies out-blocked NIU 11 to four, led by Myhre with six, and also tallied eight aces. Veris posted three aces, while Thompson and Tomasevic each notched two.Washington returns to action next weekend when it participates in the Wichita State Tournament, Sept. 9-11. UW opens the tournament against Wichita State on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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