No. 3 Huskies Win Second Consecutive Pac-10 Title

Nov. 17, 2005

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SEATTLE-- The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (24-1, 15-1 Pac-10) captured its second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title Thursday night with a 3-0 win over Oregon State (9-12, 5-10 Pac-10) in front of 1,556 fans at Bank of American Arena. Game scores were 30-17, 30-11, 30-23.

The Pac-10 crown is the second for the Huskies who won the program's first title last season with a 16-2 mark. Washington also picks up the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament and will await to hear its seeding on Sunday, Nov. 27 when the pairs are announced live on ESPNews at 12:30 pm.

'I put the (Pac-10 Championship) ring from last year in my pocket before the game, but I am not a superstitious guy,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'I don't wear it because I want to see how many we can get. To win the Pac-10 with two weeks still left in the season is really saying something considering this is the best conference in the country. It is a phenomenal thing, but of course there is more out there. If you looked at our girls tonight the reaction was not nearly the same as it was last year, so they know there is something more out there.'

Senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic had 13 kills to become the school's all-time leader with 1,682 career kills. She surpassed Angela Bransom who recorded 1,676 kills from 1993-96.

'The thing is that there is still a lot of time left (in the season) and she already reached that achievement,' McLaughlin said of Tomasevic's record. 'She didn't have much of a reaction right away, but I think that she will understand how big that is after the season is over and she is looking back. To be the all-time kills leader at this university is big time.'

'Any record broken at UW is pretty awesome,' said Tomasevic. 'There have been so many good players that have played here, but I told Christal that now she has something to shoot for. I am sure that one of these players will break that record. I think that it is a bigger deal to win the Pac-10 Championship. It says a lot when you can take the title in the best conference in the nation, and there is still two weeks left in the regular-season.'

Washington out hit Oregon State .455 to .106 and led in kills (54-29), digs (36-32) and blocks (6-3).

Tomasevic's 13 kills led UW's offense as did her .571 hitting percentage. She also had two service aces to tie to UW career record with 146 aces and tie for eighth on the Pac-10 all-time list.

Senior Brie Hagerty tallied 12 kills in the win, while sophomores Alesha Deesing and Christal Morrison added nine each.

Junior All-American Courtney Thompson dished 47 assists to take over the No. 7 spot on the Pac-10 all-time career chart with 4,488 assists.

Senior libero Candace Lee anchored the defense with 18 of Washington's 36 digs.

Washington used a 5-1 run to take the early 12-6 lead in game one. The Beavers battled back to within three points at 16-13 but the Huskies pushed their lead to 21-15 with two kills apiece by Tomasevic and Myhre to trigger a Beaver timeout. Washington scored nine of the last 10 points, including three Deesing kills, to win game one, 30-17.

The Huskies hit a blistering .455 in the set, while OSU hit .292. Tomasevic led UW with six kills and Hagerty added five.

Washington raced out to the 8-1 lead in the game two with two kills apiece by Deesing and Hagerty to force a Beaver timeout. The Huskies pushed their lead to 15-4 after two kills and a block by Morrison and rolled to the 30-11 victory.

UW out hit OSU .467 to -.107 in game two and was led by Morrison and Tomasevic with four kills each.

Washington rattled off the first 11 points of game three before OSU went on a 7-1 run to cut the Huskies' lead to 17-11 and trigger a UW timeout. Washington regrouped and pushed its lead up to nine at 25-16 after kills by Morrison, Jill Collymore and Tomasevic and cruised to the 30-23 victory.

The Huskies out hit the Beavers .447 to .143 in game three and were led by Hagerty with five kills and Deesing with four.

Washington returns to action Friday night when it hosts Oregon at 7 pm at Bank of America Arena.

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