Volleyball Wins Nike Invitational With 3-0 Sweep Of Portland

Sept. 3, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore.- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (4-0) captured the Nike Invitational title this evening with a 30-21, 30-17, 30-9 sweep of host Portland. Once again the Huskies held their opponent to a negative hitting percentage, this time holding the Pilots to a -.010 clip while Washington hit .367. UW opponents have hit in the negative percentages in three of four matches this season. The Huskies held statistical advantages in every category including kills (54-23), digs (49-36) and blocks (15-3).

Senior Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Serbia & Montenegro) led the team with her first double double of the season with 17 kills and a career-high 10 blocks. She also added three aces to move her into the No. 3 spot on the UW all-time list with 128 career aces.

Sophomores Christal Morrison (Puyallup) and Alesha Deesing (Salem, Ore.) added 11 and nine kills, respectively, while Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) chipped in eight kills and Darla Myhre (Victoria, B.C.) had seven.

Junior Courtney Thompson (Kent) paced Washington's offense with 45 assists while picking up nine digs on defense. Senior Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) tallied 15 digs to lead the Huskies' defensive efforts and Morrison added seven.

Washington scored the first four points of the match and used a 6-0 run, including three Morrison kills, to take the 20-12 lead in the first game. Two kills by Tomasevic and one by Deesing gave the Huskies game-point and Tomasevic put the game away with a serve ace.

UW out hit the Pilots .368 to .000 in the set and was led by Tomasevic with six kills and Morrison with three.

The Huskies jumped out to the quick 12-6 lead in game two, highlighted by four straight UW points to trigger a Portland timeout. Washington extended its lead to double figures at 22-12 after a pair of Tomasevic kills and kills by Deesing and Hagerty gave Washington game point at 29-17. Tomasevic closed out the game with another service ace.

Washington out hit Portland .359 to .097 and was led by five-kill performances from Deesing and Morrison.

The Huskies dominated the third set, scoring the first 13 points behind four Tomasevic kills and five Portland errors to eventually roll to the 30-9 victory. It marked the third game this season that Washington has held its opponents to single-digit points.

UW out hit the Pilots .375 to -.114 in the third game as Portland mustered just five kills and made seven errors. Tomasevic tallied seven of Washington's 16 kills in the set.

Washington returns to action next week when it travels to Fargo, N.D. to participate in the North Dakota State Tournament. The Huskies will face host NDSU in the opener on Friday at 8 pm, before playing Wisconsin-Green Bay and Sam Houston State on Saturday.

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