No. 2 Volleyball Sweeps No. 6 Hawaii, Again

Sept. 18, 2005

HONOLULU-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team swept No. 6 Hawaii Saturday for the second night in a row in front of a sold out crowd of 8,322 at Stan Sheriff Center to improve to 9-0 on the season. Hawaii dips to 5-5 with all of its losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10. Game scores were 30-28, 30-20, 30-28.

Hawaii had not been swept in back-to-back matches at home since losing to Penn State and UCLA on Sept. 10-11, 1993. The Rainbow Wahine had not lost two matches in a row at home to the same team since doing so against UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 30-31, 1992.

The win marks just the third for UW against Hawaii in 10 tries including last night's 3-0 victory and a 3-2 win in 1992. Washington has yet to drop a game this season, winning all 27 sets it has played.

Washington out hit Hawaii .233 to .194 and held advantages in kills (58-44), assists (53-42) and digs (67-53). UH out blocked UW 10 to 6.5.

Senior Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) led the Huskies with 15 kills, while senior Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Serbia and Montenegro) and sophomore Christal Morrison (Puyallup, Wash.) each had double-doubles with 13 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Alesha Deesing (Salem, Ore.) had 12 kill in the winning effort and five blocks.

Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) ran an efficient offense with 51 assists, while picking up nine digs on defense. Senior Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the defensive effort with a season-high 21 digs and took over the No. 4 spot on the Pac-10 all-time digs list with 1,620 career digs.

Game one opened evenly until UH built a six point lead at the 17-11 mark. Washington battled back, using kills by Hagerty, Tomasevic and two by Morrison to tie the score at 19-19. Another Tomasevic kill gave UW the lead and they never trailed again en route to the 30-28 win.

The Huskies out hit the Rainbow Wahine .306 to .261 in the set and were led by Hagerty with seven kills and Tomasevic with six.

Washington jumped out to an 8-1 lead in game two and rolled to the 30-20 victory. Hawaii attempted a comeback in the middle of the set, using a 5-0 run to cut the Huskies' lead to 15-11 but Washington went on its own 5-0 run to take the 20-11 lead. A Hawaii net violation gave UW game-point and a Deesing kill gave Washington the 2-0 game advantage heading into the break.

UW out hit UH .261 to .195 in the game and was sparked by the six-kill performance of Hagerty.

Game three was played evenly through 8-8 before Hawaii strung five points together to take the 13-8 lead. The Huskies chipped at the UH lead, eventually tying the game at 27-27after three Deesing kills and two Rainbow Wahine errors. Two kills by Morrison gave Washington match-point at 29-27 and a kill by Tomasevic put the game away at 30-28.

Hawaii out hit Washington .200 to .137 in the set, while Morrison led the Huskies' attack with seven kills and Deesing added five.

Washington opens the Pac-10 season next Friday on the road at Washington State. First serve is slated for 7 pm in Pullman. The Huskies are chasing their second consecutive Pac-10 title and were predicted to repeat as conference champions by the league's coaches this season.

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