No. 3 Huskies Sweep Washington State In Pac-10 Finale

Nov. 25, 2005

SEATTLE-- The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (26-1, 17-1 Pac-10) closed out the Pac-10 season Friday with a 3-0 sweep over Washington State (9-22, 2-16 Pac-10) in front of 5,116 fans at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies finished the regular season with a perfect 11-0 home record, marking the first time Washington has gone undefeated at home since joining the Pac-10 in 1986. The match aired live on FSN Northwest.

On 'Senior Night', Sanja Tomasevic led the Huskies with 19 kills, while Brie Hagerty chipped in 16. Sophomore Christal Morrison added 12 kills and senior Darla Myhre tallied seven as the Huskies held a 59-30 advantage in kills.

'Sanja was unreal. Candace was unreal. Darla was awfully good and Brie hit above 30 percent again,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'I think we were more concerned with getting the seniors in and getting them the playing time they deserve. I told the team that we had to get a lead. Sometimes that is a bad thing to tell them. Just play well and you know we don't talk about winning and losing. We talk about getting better. But we stayed on our assignments. We were in good spots.'

Junior Courtney Thompson dished 51 assists to move into the No. 6 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list with 4,579 career assists, as Washington out hit WSU .395 to .115.

Senior Candace Lee anchored the defense with 25 digs, while Tomasevic and Thompson added 11 and Morrison recorded 10.

The Huskies dominated game one, using a 9-0 run to jump out to a 15-3 lead and roll to the 30-12 win. They amassed 23 kills and made just three errors as they hit .455. Morrison and Hagerty paced Washington with six kills apiece, while Myhre notched five.

The Huskies used a 8-0 run, including three Myhre kills and two Morrison aces, to go ahead 16-5 in game two. UW scored the final five points of the game, capped by a Deesing and Thompson block, to take the game 30-15.

Washington out-hit the Cougars .467 to -.065, led by Tomasevic with seven kills on eight swings.

WSU played the Huskies close in game three, staying within four points of the lead until Washington used a 5-0 run to take control at 18-11. Tomasevic had three consecutive kills in the rally. Senior Jessica Veris closed out the match with an ace to give UW the 30-22 victory.

The Huskies, who claimed their second consecutive Pac-10 title two weeks ago to earn the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, will learn their postseason draw on Sunday when the 64-team field is announced on ESPNews at 11:30 am.

'We are going to work on the little things' said McLaughlin. 'It is the same thing, we just need to keep getting better, and we need to rest . That is a priority. You are not going to learn anything now. You are just refining things.'

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