Volleyball Wins Eighth Straight With 3-0 Sweep Over No. 6 Hawaii

Sept. 17, 2005

HONOLULU - The second-ranked Washington volleyball team answered a lot of questions tonight, taking on its first ranked opponent of the season in No. 6 Hawaii and defeating the Rainbow Wahine 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-28) in front of a sold out crowd of 8,056 at Stan Sheriff Center. It marked just the second time in school history the Huskies have beaten Hawaii in nine meetings and the first since 1992.

Washington improves to 8-0 on the season, while Hawaii dips to 5-4 with all four losses coming to teams ranked among the top-10. The Huskies and Rainbow Wahine will square off again tomorrow night at 9 pm (PST), also in front of a sold out crowd.

Washington posted season high marks in kills (59), assists (57), digs (51), blocks (15.5) and points (82.5), while hitting at a .362 clip. UW held Hawaii to 40 kills, 39 assists, 43 digs, nine blocks, 50 points and a .158 hitting percentage. No Washington opponent has hit higher than .165 this season and UW foes are hitting a combined .053. Washington leads the country with a .464 hitting percentage and holds more than a .100 point advantage in that statistical category.

The Huskies used a balanced attack against UH with three players recording double-figure kills. Sophomore Christal Morrison (Puyallup, Wash.) led the way with 18 kills for the most of any UW player this season, while seniors Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Serbia & Montenegro) and Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) chipped in 14 and 13 kills apiece.

Junior setter Country Thompson (Kent, Wash.) paced the Huskies' offense with a season-high 52 assists, while also picking up 10 digs on defense.

Senior Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the defense with 13 digs, while also scoring four of Washington's eight digs. The four aces were a career high for Lee.

The Huskies' block proved invaluable this evening as Washington out blocked Hawaii 15.5 to 9.0. Seniors Darla Myhre (Victoria, B.C.) and Tomasevic and sophomore Alesha Deesing (Salem, Ore.) each picked up seven stuffs in the victory, including two solos by Deesing.

UW started the match strong, scoring the first four points, including two Tomasevic kills and a Morrison ace. UH was able to rally to get within one at 6-5, but a 7-0 run in the middle of the game gave Washington the buffer it needed to roll to the 30-18 win.

The Huskies out hit the Rainbow Wahine .412 to .136 and had five aces. Morrison and Tomasevic each collected four kills in the set, while Deesing, Hagerty and Myhre each picked up three.

The Huskies again took control early on in the second game, building an 18-11 lead. Washington kept the seven-point lead as late as 28-21 and kills by Hagerty and Morrison closed out the set 30-24.

UW out hit UH .415 to .158 in game two and was led by Morrison with eight kills and Tomasevic with six. Lee had six digs in the game and two aces.

The teams played more evenly in the third game with the scoring knotting 13 times. Hawaii went up 18-14 before the Huskies went on a 6-1 run to regain the lead at 20-19. The set stayed tight with UW getting to 28-26 on a kill by Hagerty to trigger a UH timeout. Washington came out of the break with a kill by Morrison for match point and a dump by Thompson gave UW the 30-28 victory.

Washington out hit Hawaii .291 to .174 in the third game and was led by Morrison and Hagerty with six kills each. Thompson dished 19 assists in the set.

Hawaii was led by Victoria Prince, who hit .316 with nine kills and six blocks. Juliana Sanders added eight kills, three blocks and a .368 hitting percentage while Kanoe Kamana`o ended the night with 34 assists and 14 digs. Ashley Watanabe had 13 digs in the back row.

The two teams will play again tomorrow at 9 pm (PST) at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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