No. 2 Huskies Win 16th Straight, Sweep No. 17 USC

Oct. 14, 2005

SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team swept 17th-ranked USC, 3-0 (30-23, 30-16, 30-19), Friday night in front of 5,099 fans at Bank of America Arena. It marked the eighth largest crowd at a regular season match in Pac-10 history and the second largest crowd ever at UW. Washington set the school's attendance record last season vs. Stanford with 5,712 fans, which ranks third all-time in the Pac-10.

The sweep is just the fourth ever for UW over USC and the first since 1988. Thirteen of Washington's 16 victories this season have come in three games and the Huskies have not dropped a game at home this year in six matches.

The Huskies held the Women of Troy to just 16 points in the second game, marking the least number of points USC has scored in a game since rally scoring was introduced in 2001.

'We played well from start to finish tonight,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We stayed on task and we were in good spots at good times. Of course, we did well serving and passing and when you do that, it allows you to do the things you really want to do. The crowd tonight was awesome. It's an emotional thing for us. We feel it and it gets us going.'

Washington out hit Southern California .270 to .062 and held advantages in kills (47-36), digs (58-51) and blocks (15.5-7).

The Huskies used a balanced attack with three players scoring double figure kills. Senior Brie Hagerty led the team with 11 kills, while All-American Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Alesha Deesing had 10 each.

Setter Courtney Thompson picked up 40 assists on the night, while chipping in 11 digs on defense.

Washington received some strong play from its middle as senior Darla Myhre had eight kills and eight blocks and Deesing had five blocks.

Senior All-American Candace Lee anchored the Husky defense with 24 digs, while Christal Morrison added nine and Tomasevic had eight.

Game one opened evenly with five ties through 7-7. The Women of Troy scored the next three to go up 10-7 but Washington battled back with a kill by Hagerty and ace by Morrison to knot the score at 11-all. Washington took its first lead of the game at 13-12 on a USC error and Tomasevic kill and never trailed again. UW went on a 6-1 run to take the 19-14 advantage and rolled to the 30-23 victory.

The Huskies hit just .209 in the first game but held USC to a .152 clip. Deesing and Hagerty each had four kills in the set, while Lee had eight digs.

Washington raced out to the 6-2 lead in game two with two kills and a block by Myhre. Back-to-back Deesing kills and an ace by Ashley Aratani put UW up by five at 12-7. The Huskies pushed its lead to eight points at 19-11 after a 9-1 run that included three UW blocks and two Morrison kills. Washington scored the last four points of the game with two kills by Deesing, a USC error and a kill by Thompson to win it 30-16.

The Huskies out hit the Women of Troy .268 to -.119 in the set. Morrison and Deesing had four kills each and Lee had 10 digs.

Game three was tied six times through 11-all before Washington went on a 7-1 run, which included three Hagerty kills, to take the 18-12 lead. The Huskies led by as many as eight at the 26-18 mark before scoring the last four points of the match to win it 30-19.

UW hit .342 in the set, compared to USC's .146 clip. Hagerty had five kills on 10 swings, while Tomasevic had four kills.

The Huskies return to action next week when they travel to Oregon and Oregon State, Oct. 21-22.

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