No. 2 Volleyball Shuts Down No. 22 UCLA

Oct. 13, 2005

Box Score

SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team made easy work of No. 22 UCLA Thursday night, sweeping the Bruins 3-0 (30-24, 3-18, 30-22) in front of 1,934 fans at Bank of America Arena. The match was broadcast by FSN and will air Saturday at 3 pm.

The win lifts Washington to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-10, while UCLA dips to 9-6 overall and 2-4 in conference action. The victory marks Washington 13th of the season in straight 3-0 games.

'For the most part I saw a lot of good things,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'It is still early, so I saw some bad things as well. We met some standards, but our serving was down and we missed too many passes. Overall I thought we played okay. Our middle was awesome. Darla (Myhre) and Jessica Swarbrick were good and (Alesha) Deesing is the real deal. If she can keep it up, she will be a great player for us. We need to just get better at what we do. We need to focus and be very internal about this thing and improve in the areas that we need to improve on. We are going to be fired up to play tomorrow.'

Senior All-American Candace Lee had 10 digs tonight to bring her career total to 1,702 and tie for the No. 2 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list.

Senior Darla Myhre had three blocks to move into third on the UW all-time list with 372 career block assists.

Washington was led offensively by sophomore Christal Morrison with 15 kills and senior Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Alesha Deesing with 14 and 10 kills, respectively.

Junior setter Courtney Thompson paced the UW offense with 41 assists, while adding six digs. Senior Danka Danicic led the defense with 11 digs and Deesing had six blocks.

Washington out hit UCLA .305 to .082 and held advantages in kills (49-36), aces (7-3) and blocks (11-6).

UCLA took its first and only lead of game one at the 7-6 mark. Washington answered with six consecutive points, punctuated with kills by Tomasevic and Morrison, to go up 12-7 and force a Bruin timeout. The Huskies took their largest lead at 19-13 and put the game away at 30-24 with kills by Myhre and Tomasevic.

Washington used an 8-0 run in game two, which included two kills apiece by Tomasevic and Morrison, to go up 12-3. Washington strung five more points together to take the 18-6 lead and roll to the 30-18 victory.

The Huskies stormed out to the 15-8 lead in game three behind five UW kills and seven UCLA errors. Washington took its largest lead at 24-15 after back-to-back kills by Myhre and Deesing recorded three straight kills to seal the UW victory, 30-22.

Washington returns to action Friday night vs. No. 17 Southern California. The match is deemed 'Pack The Arena Night' and the Huskies will attempt to break the school's attendance record of 5,712 fans set last year vs. Stanford. If Washington can break the record, each fan will receive a coupon to another regular-season volleyball match for free.

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