Washington Volleyball Advances to Final Four
Dec. 11, 2004
SEATTLE - For the first time in the program's history, the Washington volleyball team (28-2) will play in the sport's Final Four. The Huskies advanced to its semifinal match with Pac-10 rival Stanford by defeating UCLA 3-2. It was the Huskies third victory against the Bruins this year, and it was the most thrilling of the encounters.
Before a crowd of 4,532 at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the Huskies rallied in the deciding fifth game to down UCLA by scores of 27-30, 30-19, 30-28, 24-30, 15-9. Minnesota will face USC in the other semifinal match on Dec. 16 in Long Beach. The championship match will take place Dec. 18.
After dropping game one, the Huskies looked like they were in control when the won games two and three and led 12-3 in game four before UCLA staged a remarkable comeback. The Bruins went on a 12-3 run to tie the match at 15-15 and then pulled ahead 23-18 before tying the match up at two games apience.
In the deciding fifth game UCLA led 8-6 before the Huskies ripped off six straight points behind the powerful hitting of junior Brie Hagerty.
Tonight's match was aired live on CSTV and will be broadcast tape delayed on FSN Northwest tonight at 10:30 and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
A complete recap with postmatch quotes will be posted later on gohuskies.com