Volleyball Sweeps Davidson, 3-0

Aug. 31, 2006

DAVIDSON, N.C.-- Junior All-American Christal Morrison hit a blistering .652 Thursday night in the opening match of the Mizuno Wildcat Classic to lead the third-ranked Washington volleyball team (2-1) to the 3-0 win over host Davidson (3-1). Game scores were 30-25, 30-15, 30-19.

The Huskies out-hit the Wildcats .336 to .020 and held advantages in kills (56-26) and digs (41-38). Davidson held the slight advantage in blocks, 7-6.

Morrison's 16 put-aways led the Huskies while Alesha Deesing recorded 10 kills with a .438 hitting percentage from the middle, Outside hitters Stevie Mussie and Janine Sandell tallied nine kills apiece for the Dawgs.

Courtney Thompson paced Washington to a .336 clip while dishing 41 assists. Morrison led the defense with 13 digs to pick up her second double-double of the season, while libero Tamari Miyashiro picked up seven digs.

Washington raced out to the 11-5 lead in game one to force the Wildcats to call a timeout. Davidson came out of the break to reel off the next three points but the Huskies battled back to build its lead to 17-10. The Wildcats called another timeout and responded with a 6-1 run to cut UW's lead to 21-17 but it wasn't enough as Washington won game one, 30-25.

Washington out-hit Davidson .205 to .031 in the set as the Wildcats tallied 11 kills and 10 errors on 32 swings. UW recorded 15 kills and seven errors in 39 attempts.

The Huskies dominated game two, using a 14-1 run to win the set, 30-15. Davidson edged out to the 8-6 lead before UW scored 14 of the next 15 points behind three kill efforts by Mussie and Deesing to go up 20-9. Sandell scored the last three points of the set for the Huskies to give UW the 2-0 game lead heading into the intermission.

Washington hit a scorching .533 in the second game with 11 kills on 15 swings and just three errors. Davidson hit -.158 with four kills and seven errors on 19 attacks.

The Huskies jumped out to the 8-2 lead in game three and used a 9-1 run that included three Morrison kills to extend their lead to 17-6. Davidson made a late 5-0 run to cut Washington's lead to 27-18 but would get no closer as kills by Jessica Swarbrick, Sandell and Jill Collymore closed out the game, 30-19.

UW out-hit Davidson .329 to .029 in the set and was led by Collymore with five kills.

The Huskies continue action at the Mizuno Wildcats Classic with a pair of matches against Morehead State and Liberty. UW takes on MSU at 7 a.m. and rounds out tournament play vs. Liberty at 2:30 p.m.

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