Volleyball Sweeps No. 15 Ohio In Season Opener
Aug. 25, 2006
MADISON, Wis.-- The third-ranked University of Washington volleyball team (1-0) swept 15th-ranked Ohio (0-1), 3-0, at the AVCA College Volleyball Showcase in its season opener. Game scores were 31-29, 30-22, 30-26.
The Huskies, who were making their first appearance since winning the 2005 NCAA National Championship, advance to the Showcase Championship tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. (PT) against the winner of Friday's other semifinal between No. 8 Texas and No.9 Wisconsin. Both Saturday's consolation and championship matches will air live on CSTV. Seattle residents can watch the matches on Comcast (channel 412), the Dish Network (channel 152) or Direct TV (channel 610). Resident's outside of the Seattle area should check their local listings.
Washington held the statistical advantage in every category, including kills (57-45), hitting percentage (.271-.153) and blocks (7-3).
Junior outside hitter Stevie Mussie led Washington's offense with 14 kills in her first match in a UW uniform after transferring from Pacific after the 2004 season. Sophomore outside hitter Jill Collymore pitched in 13 kills with a .400 hitting percentage, while junior middle blocker Alesha Deesing chipped in 11 kills with a .562 clip. Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick posted 10 kills for the Dawgs.
Senior All-American setter Courtney Thompson paced the Huskies with 52 assists as she moved in the No. 5 spot on the Pacific-10 Conference all-time list with 4,893 career assists.
The Huskies and Bobcats played close in game one with neither team leading by more than three points. Ohio inched out to the 6-3 after three straight kills but Washington regained the lead at 10-9 and never trailed again. The Huskies led by three points at 27-24 after a Morrison kill and an Ohio attack error to trigger a Bobcat timeout but Ohio came out of the break to score the next three points to knot the score at 27-27. The score tied again at 29-29 and an Ohio error and Collymore kill gave Washington the game one victory, 31-29.
UW out-hit Ohio .200-.122 in the set and was led by Collymore with four kills and four digs.
Washington carried that momentum into game two, racing out to the 8-4 lead after a pair of kills by Mussie and Collymore. The Bobcats battled back, taking advantage of three straight UW errors and a kill by Savanah Parra to take the 9-8 lead. Washington called a timeout and came out of the break with 9-2 run to take the 17-11 lead. The Huskies led by as many as eight points at 26-18 after scoring four straight points, including a Morrison ace, to go up 26-18 and cruise to the eventual 30-22 win.
Washington out-hit Ohio .286-.106 in the second game and was led by Mussie with seven kills.
The third game was another tight set with neither team leading by more than four points. The Bobcats kept a slight lead throughout the first half of the game, before Washington used a Deesing kill and an Ohio error to take its first lead at 13-12. The teams went back and forth before Washington took the lead for good at 22-21 on a Bobcat service error. Kills by Mussie and Deesing sealed the UW victory at 30-26 and handed the Dawgs their first win of the season.
The Huskies out-hit the Bobcats .326-.244 in the third game and were led by Deesing and Swarbrick with five kills apiece.