Volleyball Remains Undefeated

Oct. 2, 2004

SEATTLE-- The No. 2 ranked Washington volleyball team (11-0, 3-0 Pac-10) extended its winning streak to 11 matches this evening as it swept Oregon (8-3, 0-2 Pac-10) in straight games. Game scores were 30-19, 30-15, 30-25.

The Huskies were led by Brie Hagerty with 19 kills and a match-high .607 hitting percentage. Washington also received strong offensive numbers from freshman Christal Morrison and senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic. Morrison tallied 13 kills on the night, while Tomasevic added 10.

Washington trailed Oregon through 4-5 in game one, before Hagerty logged three-straight kills to give Washington's its first lead of the match (7-5). The Huskies pushed their lead to four points at 12-8, forcing a Duck timeout. Washington then scored six of the next eight points, including three Hagerty kills, to take the 18-10 lead. UW never led by less than seven points for the remainder of the game, leading by as many as 11 to earn the eventual win, 30-19.

The Huskies outhit Oregon .514 to .171 in the game and had 20 kills to 11 for the Ducks. Washington made just one error in the game and was led by Hagerty with nine kills on 11 swings.

UW carried that momentum into game two, quickly building a seven-point lead at 10-3 to force an Oregon timeout. The Huskies and Ducks exchanged points through 14-8 before Washington went on a 9-1 run to take the 23-9 lead. Tomsaevic had two kills and a service ace in that rally, while Morrison had a kill and the team's first block of the match. UW closed out the game 30-15 on a kill by Darla Myhre.

The Huskies outhit Oregon .500 to .032 in game two. Morrison led the Husky charge with seven kills on 10 swings, while Hagerty tallied six kills.

Oregon took the early 4-2 lead in game three before Washington went on an 8-1 run to take the 9-5 lead. UW pushed its lead to eight points at 15-7 but the Ducks pulled to within three points at the 17-14 mark. Washington used a pair of kills by Egan Metcalf and Tomasevic to go up by six at 22-16 and force an Oregon timeout. The Ducks chipped at the Washington lead again, getting to with three points at 29-26, but a kill by Tomasevic gave the Huskies the 30-25 win.

Washington outhit the Ducks .341 to .156 in game three. Hagerty had five kills for UW in the set, while Danka Danicic tallied seven digs for the defense.

UW had 58 kills to Oregon's 33 on the night. The Huskies outhit the Ducks .442 to .126, marking the ninth match this season Washington has held its opponents to less than a .200 hitting percentage. The Huskies' serve proved to be its only weakness, as UW gave up 15 service errors. Washington outdug Oregon 55 to 42.

Candace Lee lead the Husky defense with 12 digs, while Danicic and Tomasevic each chipped in 11. Husky setter Courtney Thompson logged 51 assists in the win.

'The key to tonight's victory was the same old thing,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'You have to win the serve battle and just stay composed. We just kept hitting the ball in and ran our system to get the win. Serving was our weakness tonight. We missed 15 serves and that is way above the standards we set. We just have to work on our serves and keep in ball in bounds.

'We are all getting better,' said McLaughlin. 'I was really fired up for Alesha Deesing, who came in as a true-freshman off the bench to get two kills on three attacks. She also blocked some balls. She is the most physical kid on the team. All she has to do is learn the system and she will make an amazing impact for us.'

Washington will continue its home stand when it hosts Oregon State tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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