No. 2 Huskies Sweep No. 15 USC
Nov. 11, 2005
LOS ANGELES -- Libero Candace Lee registered 35 digs Friday while setter Courtney Thompson had 51 assists as the No. 2 Washington Huskies swept the No. 15 USC Women of Troy, 3-0 (30-21, 30-23, 30-19), in Pac-10 Conference action at the Lyon Center. Washington handed USC its first loss at home this season in eight matches.
Washington keeps its perfect season intact and sets a school record with its 23rd consecutive win, while improving to 14-0 in the Pac-10. USC, which had won nine of its last 10 matches before tonight, falls to 13-8 overall and 9-4 in conference.
This was the 19th time this season that Washington has earned a 3-0 sweep.
The Huskies out hit the Women of Troy .263 to .082 and held advantages in kills (54-35), digs (69-52) and blocks (12.5-7).
Senior Sanja Tomasevic led the Huskies with 15 kills while sophomore Alesha Deesing added 13 kills. Senior Darla Myhre also hit well with a .571 clip, notching eight kills on 14 swings with no errors.
The Huskies jumped out early in game one after a 6-5 lead with a 7-1 run. Two kills by Christal Morrison and a service ace by Ashley Aratani paved the way for Washington. UW hit a match-high .364 in the first game.
USC held tough in the second game, but again another 7-1 run by the Huskies did the damage en route to the 30-23 win.
In the third game, Washington scored the hat trick with another 7-1 run early to take a 17-10 lead. Deesing recorded three kills during the run as the Huskies held the Women of Troy to an .057 hitting performance in the set.
Washington plays its final Pac-10 road game of the regular season Saturday night when it takes on No. 21 UCLA at 7 pm.
The Huskies have a three match lead in the conference standings with four matches to go. Washington seeks its second Pac-10 title after winning the program's first last season.