No. 2 Volleyball Sweeps Washington State in Pac-10 Opener

Sept. 23, 2005

PULLMAN, Wash.- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (10-0, 1-0 Pac-10) swept Washington State (7-5, 0-1 Pac-10) in straight sets Friday at Bohler Gym in the Pac-10 opener. The Huskies have yet to drop a set this season, holding the 30-0 edge in games played. Game scores were 30-12, 30-18, 30-18.

Senior Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) tallied 11 digs in the win to take over the No. 3 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list with 1,631 career digs. She is 71 digs away from the No. 2 spot and 434 digs away from the conference record.

Washington out hit WSU .368 to -.075, marking the fourth time this season a UW opponent has been held to a negative hitting percentage. The Huskies out blocked the Cougars 12-8, despite WSU leading the conference in stuffs, and held advantages in kills (49-21) and digs (37-25).

Seniors Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Serbia and Montenegro) and Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) led the offensive attack for Washington with 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Sophomore Christal Morrison (Puyallup, Wash.) added nine kills in the UW win and senior Darla Myhre (Victoria, B.C.) chipped in eight.

Junior setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) paced the offense with 39 assists, while collecting eight digs. Sophomore Alesha Deesing (Salem, Ore.) had seven blocks and Myhre added five.

The Huskies used an early 9-1 run in the first game to take the 15-5 lead. Washington held the 10-point buffer at the 25-15 mark and closed out the set with back-to-back Hagerty kills. UW hit .704 in the game with 19 kills on 27 attempts with no errors. WSU hit .092 in the game with 10 kills and seven errors on 32 swings. Tomasevic led the team with six kills in the set, while Hagerty had five. Thompson had six digs in the game.

Game two was tied eight times and as late as 12-12 before the Huskies used back-to-back aces by Tomasevic to go up 14-12 and take the lead for good. Washington scored the last five points of the game unanswered, including a kill by Tomasevic and two kills by Hagerty to win the second set 30-18.

UW hit .333 in the game, while the Cougars hit -.111. Hagerty led Washington with five kills, while Morrison added four.

The Huskies surged ahead in game three, scoring the first five points with a kill by Tomasevic and four WSU errors. Washington pushed its lead to double-figures at the 21-11 mark after a pair of Deesing kills and cruised to the 30-18 victory.

UW managed to hit just .158 in the third game with 15 kills and nine errors on 38 tries but Washington State hit -.206 with four kills and 11 errors on 34 swings. Tomasevic led the Huskies with six kills in the game, while Deesing had four kills and three blocks.

Washington returns to Bank of America Arena next weekend when it hosts Arizona State on Fri., Sept. 30 and No. 15 Arizona on Sat., Oct. 1. First serve is slate for 7 pm both nights.

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