No. 2 Huskies Suffer First Loss Of The Season To No. 21 UCLA
Nov. 12, 2005
LOS ANGELES-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season this evening to No. 21 UCLA in five games (34-32, 30-27, 30-28, 30-25, 15-13). The loss snaps the Huskies' school-record 23-match win streak and marks UW's first Pac-10 loss since falling to USC in five games on Nov. 26, 2004. Washington moves to 23-1 overall and 14-1 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improves to 16-8 overall and 7-6 in conference play.
The emotional win marked the 1,000th for UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski in his 39th season at the helm of the Bruin program.
UCLA out hit the Huskies .248 to .223 and out blocked UW 21-13. The teams were even in kills (87-87) and digs (87-87).
Senior Sanja Tomasevic led Washington with 31 kills, falling one short of her career-high set against the Bruins in 2003. She narrowly missed a triple-double with 21 digs and eight blocks. Sophomore Christal Morrison had a double-double with 20 kills and 15 digs and senior Brie Hagerty added 14 kills.
Junior Courtney Thompson tied her season-high with 71 assists and added nine digs.
Senior Candace Lee anchored the defensive effort with 27 digs.
Washington holds a two-match lead in the Pac-10 standings with three matches to go in the regular season. The Huskies seek their second conference crown after winning the program's first Pac-10 title last year.
Washington hosts Oregon and Oregon State on Nov. 17-18 and closes out the season with a home match vs. Washington State on Nov. 25. The WSU match will air live on FSN at 7:30 pm.
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