Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight With 3-0 Sweep Of North Dakota State

Sept. 9, 2005

FARGO, N.D.- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team improved to 5-0 on the season this evening with a 3-0 sweep over North Dakota State (0-8) to open the Doublewood Inn Classic. Game scores were 30-14, 30-24, 30-11. UW has yet to drop a game this season, winning all five matches in straight 3-0 sets.

The Huskies led the Bison in every statistical category including kills (56-28), digs (33-24) aces (9-2) and blocks (8-2). Washington combined for a .489 hitting percentage, while holding NDSU to a .129 clip.

Sophomore Christal Morrison (Puyallup, Wash.) led Washington with 13 kills and four aces, while senior Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Serbia and Montenegro) added 11 kills. Senior Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) and freshman Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.) each recorded eight kills in the UW victory.

Junior Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) paced the Huskies with 49 assists while seniors Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) and Danka Danicic (Ljig, Serbia and Montenegro) anchored the defense with 11 and eight digs, respectively. Tomasevic, Darla Myhre (Victoria, B.C.) and Jessica Swarbrick (El Dorado, Calif.) each picked up three blocks.

Washington raced out to the 14-5 lead in game one, using a 5-0 run that included three Alesha Deesing (Salem, Ore.) aces and rolled to the 30-14 win.

Morrison led all players with six kills, while Hagerty colleted five. Washington had five aces in the set and out hit the Bison .429 to -.080.

North Dakota State hit .500 in game two with 16 kills on 26 attempts and just three errors but Washington hit .607 with 20 kills on 28 swings and three errors. The game was tied seven times and as late as 15-15 before the Huskies began to pull away. Back-to-back kills by Myhre and a NDSU error gave UW the 18-15 lead and triggered a Bison timeout. A pair of kills by Collymore gave Washington game-point and a NDSU error lifted the Huskies to the 30-24 win.

Tomasevic sparked Washington's offense in the set with six kills, while Morrison and Collymore contributed four kills apiece.

The Huskies jumped out to the 10-6 lead in game three behind the three-kill effort of Hagerty. Washington pushed its lead to 11 points at the 20-9 mark before going on a 9-0 run for match point at 29-10. Collymore notched a kill for the 30-11 victory as Washington picked up its fifth win of the season.

UW out hit NDSU .447 to .000 in the third game and was led by Collymore and Tomasevic with four kills each.

The Huskies round out tournament action tomorrow with two matches. Washington will take on Wisconsin-Green Bay at 11 am (PT) before facing Sam Houston at 3 pm.

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