Another Record Night For No. 2 Volleyball

Aug. 27, 2005

SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (2-0) made easy work of Montana State (2-1) in three sets 30-8, 30-12, 30-16, this evening in front of 1,098 fans at Bank of America Arena to win the Husky Challenge. Washington set the school record for team hitting percentage with a .566 clip and tied the record for least number of points allowed in a game since rally scoring was introduced in 2001 when UW held the Bobcats to just eight points in the first set.

The Huskies held MSU to a .165 hitting percentage and held advantages in kills (58-25), service aces (10-1), digs (39-10) and blocks (7-2).

'We hit well tonight and only made two errors,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Balance is good. We are getting good swings and we are under control. We are making the opponent earn points and that is important. I liked the way our serving went tonight too.

'There were just some times that we weren't in position at the right time. I have always thought that is 90 percent of the battle, being in the right place at the right time. When you focus on the things that you need to do, you are going to win. I just thought there were a couple little miscues that we can correct. The communication might not be clear yet, but it will get there.'

Senior Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) led Washington with 15 kills and a .538 hitting percentage, while sophomore Christal Morrison (Puyallup) added 13 kills with a .500 average.

Washington middle blockers were errorless for the second consecutive night as Darla Myhre (Victoria, B.C.) tallied eight kills on 10 swings, Alesha Deesing (Salem, Ore.) had six kills on nine swings and Jessica Swarbrick (El Dorado, Calif.) recorded four kills on five swings.

Seniors Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) and Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Serbia & Montenegro) anchored the Huskies' defense with 10 digs each. Lee's performance brings her career total 1,527 digs to take over the No. 6 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list and extend her own school record.

Washington raced out to the quick 9-1 lead in the first game, sparked by two kills and two aces by Morrison. The Huskies pushed their lead to 20-4 after an 8-1 run that was punctuated by two Deesing kills and a block. Washington put the game away with a 7-0 run to make the score 26-5 and back-to-back kills by Hagerty and Deesing gave the Huskies the 30-8 victory.

The Huskies out hit Montana State .783 to .000 in the game as the Huskies recorded 18 kills on 23 attempts with no errors. Washington used a balanced attack in the set as Morrison tallied five kills and Deesing, Myhre and Hagerty each chipped in four.

Washington jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in game two and cruised to the 30-12 victory. The Huskies' hitters dominated at the net and quickly built a 10-point lead at 17-7 after a pair of Thompson aces. Washington unleashed on the Bobcats in the second half, using four kills by Tomasevic and three by freshman Jill Collymore (Bellevue) to take the 28-9 lead. A block by Deesing gave Washington game point but Montana State showed some life with three straight points. Deesing closed out game two with her sixth kill of the match to put UW on top, 2-0, headed into the break.

The Huskies out hit MSU .514 to .192 in game two and were led by Hagerty with six kills on seven swings. Tomasevic and Collymore each recorded four kills in the set, while Lee collected four digs.

Montana State came out of the break to score the first point of game three for its first lead of the match and led as late as 3-4. Morrison then rattled off five kills for the Huskies to put the Dawgs on top 8-5. Washington pushed its lead to 21-13 with a kill and block by Myhre and a slam by Hagerty to force a Bobcat timeout. Collymore and Swarbrick combined for six of Washington's last 10 points to take the game 30-26.

UW out hit MSU .487 to .242 in the third set and was led by Morrison with six kills and Hagerty with five. Lee and Tomasevic each had five digs in the game.

Washington returns to action next week with three matches. The Huskies host Trinity Western on Sept. 1 in a 1 pm exhibition match before hitting the road to participate in the Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore. UW opens that tournament vs. Davidson on Sept. 2 at 6 pm before facing host Portland on Sept. 3 at 7:30 pm.

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