No. 1 Washington Volleyball Remains Undefeated

Oct. 24, 2004

SEATTLE-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team won its 17th match in a row with a 3-0 win over No. 11 Stanford. Game scores were 30-16, 31-29 and 30-22. The Huskies broke their home attendance record with 5,712 fans, smashing the previous record by more than 2,000 set earlier this season vs. Washington State (3,673). With the victory, Washington (17-0, 9-0 Pac-10) extends its lead in the Pac-10 standings to two games over second-place Stanford (15-4, 7-2 Pac-10).

Freshman Christal Morrison led all players with 17 kills, while Brie Hagerty had 14 and Jessica Veris tallied 11. Courtney Thompson paced the Huskies', offense with 52 assists. Candace Lee anchored the UW defense with 19 digs, while Danka Danicic logged 14 digs.

Washington out hit Stanford .344 to .172 and held advantages in kills (58-43) and digs (54-45). The Cardinal out blocked UW 9-5.

The Huskies jumped out to the quick 6-3 lead in game one after four consecutive kills by Morrison. Washington built a seven-point lead at 12-5, punctuated with a Darla Myhre kill and a Lee ace to trigger a Stanford timeout. UW came out of the break reeling off the next three points, including a block by Myhre and Veris and a kill by Kaitlin Leck to take the 15-5 lead. Washington pushed its lead to 11-points with three-straight points, including two Morrison kills, to spur another Cardinal timeout at 20-9. Washington put the game out of reach after a 6-1 run gave UW the 28-14 advantage. Veris', third kill in as many swings gave the Huskies game-point and Hagerty notched a kill to close out the game 30-16.

Washington out hit Stanford .633 to .235, recording 20 kills on 30 attacks with just on error. Morrison had seven kills for UW in the game, while Leck added five. Danicic had four digs for the Washington defense.

UW scored the first four points of game two, including an ace by Leck and two Hagerty kills. Stanford then went on a 4-0 run, including a kill and solo block by Ogonna Nnamani to take the 6-5 lead. Morrison broke-up the Cardinal scoring spree with a kill but Stanford scored four of the next five-points to take the 10-7 lead and trigger Washington',s first timeout of the match. The Cardinal built a five-point lead at 15-10 after a block by Kehoe and Girard and back-to-back kills by Nnamani. Washington rallied with kills by Leck and Morrison and an ace by Danicic to pull to within two points at 15-13. The Cardinal edged out to the four-point lead at 18-14 but UW chipped at the lead, pulling to within one at 20-19 to force a Stanford timeout. The Cardinal came out of the break scoring the next three points with a kill, ace and block to go up 23-19 and force UW to call a timeout. The Huskies scored the next two points with a kill by Hagerty and block assist by Hagerty and Veris to trigger Stanford',s second timeout of the game at 23-21. Washington regained the lead with five-straight points to go up 27-25. The Cardinal knotted the score at 28-all with back-to-back blocks but Myhre gave Washington game-point with a kill down the middle. Stanford',s Kristen Richards logged a kill to tie the score at 29-all but a Stanford service error and attack error gave UW the 31-29 victory.

The Huskies out hit the Cardinal .226 to .192 in game two, while Stanford out blocked Washington 5-3.5. Morrison and Hagerty each had six kills in the game, while Nnamani had eight for Stanford. Lee tallied nine digs for the UW defense.

Washington quickly built a 10-point lead in game three at 13-3 after an 8-0 run that included two kills and a block by Myhre. Stanford chipped at the lead, scoring three consecutive points with a block by Jennifer Hucke and Liz Suiter and two kills by Nnamani to result in a Washington timeout at 17-10. The Cardinal',s narrowed UW',s lead to five-points at 18-13 and 22-17 but would get no closer as Washington notched match-point at 29-22 with a kill by Morrison. Hagerty',s 14th kill of the night lifted the Huskies to the 30-22 win.

Washington out hit Stanford .286 to .104 in game three. Veris had six kills for the Huskies, while Hagerty added five.

'We passed well and they were a good team,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We played really well in game one and game three, but game two was a little shaky. We did the job when it counted, but I want us to be good start to finish. We were down offensively at times, but we came back and made some big plays when we had to. Courtney had some real nice sets that helped run the offense clean at the end. I want to keep getting better because traditionally our second half has been the better half of our seasons. I would like to maintain that trend for sure and make the upgrades that we need to. Overall, Courtney did a really nice job with her setting and she just located the ball and put it in the right spots. Candace Lee was awful good too. Tonight's attendance was unreal. There was a lot of energy in the building and we could feel it. People were showing up early and we put on a good show for them so hopefully all of those people are going to be coming back.'

The Huskies begin the second half of the Pac-10 schedule next week when they travel south to take on Oregon State and Oregon on Oct. 28 and 29.

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