No. 2 Huskies Win 11th Straight With Sweep Over ASU

Sept. 30, 2005

SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team pushed its win streak to 11 matches Friday night with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-18, 30-14) sweep over Arizona State in front of 2,704 fans at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils dip to 6-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Washington has yet to dropped a game this season, winning all 11 matches by 3-0 margins.

Junior All-American Courtney Thompson became the school's all-time assists leader with 49 assists to bring her career total to 3,731. The previous record of 3,707 assists was set by Melinda Beckenhauer from 1987-89. Thompson already holds the UW single-season assist record (1,643, 2004).

The Huskies out hit the Sun Devils .533 to .241, marking the fourth time this season UW has hit over .500. Washington also held advantages in kills (55-33), aces (9-1), digs (3-28) and blocks (7-5).

Senior Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Christal Morrison led the Huskies with 14 kills apiece, while senior Brie Hagerty added 11. Sophomore Alesha Deesing, who leads the nation in hitting percentage, was zeroed in tonight as well, recording eight kills on nine swings with no errors for a team-high .889 clip.

Senior Candace Lee anchored the defense with 10 digs, while Thompson added seven and senior Danka Danicic tallied six. Danicic also picked up four of Washington's nine aces.

Washington jumped out to the early lead in game one, using a pair of 4-0 runs to go up 13-7. The Huskies then scored eight unanswered points, including three blocks and two Danicic aces to take the 23-10 lead and eventually cruise to the 30-17 victory.

UW out hit ASU .467 to .276 in the game and was led by Hagerty with seven kills on nine swings.

The Sun Devils scored the first three points of the second game to take an early lead. Washington evened the score at 6-6 after back-to-back kills by Deesing and Morrison and the score knotted three more times through 9-9. A Tomasevic kill and Morrison ace gave Washington the lead for good and a 9-0 run by the Huskies put the game out of reach at 22-12. Morrison had three kills in the run and Danicic had two aces. UW won the game 30-18.

Washington out hit Arizona State .621 to .273 in the second game as the Huskies made just one error on 29 attempts. Morrison had six kills, while Deesing and Tomasevic had five each.

UW roared out of the gates in the third game, scoring the first six points with two Tomasevic kills and a kill and ace by Morrison. The Huskies used 5-1 and 7-1 runs to take the 21-6 lead and rolled to the 30-14 win.

Washington hit .516 in the third game, while holding the Sun Devils to a .143 clip. Morrison and Tomasevic each posted five kills in the game.

The Huskies return to action Saturday night when they host No. 13 Arizona at 7 pm.

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