No. 5 Volleyball Sweeps Portland State In Home Debut
Sept. 7, 2006
SEATTLE-- Junior outside hitter Stevie Mussie powered the fifth ranked Washington volleyball team to the 3-0 victory over Portland State in the team's home debut and the opening match of the Husky Classic. Mussie led the Huskies with 13 kills, four aces and 12 digs, while tying for the team lead with six blocks. It marked Mussie's first double-double of the season as Washington overwhelmed the Vikings, 30-24, 30-15, 30-20.
The victory extends Washington's home winning streak to 17 matches, dating back to 2004. UW improves to 5-1 on the season, while Portland State dips to 3-3. The Huskies will open the second day of the Husky Classic Friday with a 10:30 a.m. match vs. UMBC and will face North Dakota State at 7 p.m. The matches will air live online on GoHuskies.com.
Mussie led the Huskies' offense for the fourth time this season, hitting at a .407 clip with 13 kills on 27 swings with just two errors. Junior All-American Christal Morrison was also a threat on offense, collecting 11 kills, while junior Alesha Deesing added seven kills.
Senior All-American setter Courtney Thompson paced Washington to a .333 hitting percentage and dished 40 assists, while Mussie led the defense with 12 kills and Thompson and libero Tamari Miyashiro added 10 digs apiece.
Washington out-hit the Vikings .333 to .283 and also held statistical advantages in kills (46-33), aces (9-1), digs (49-40) and blocks (9.5-5).
'We did some good stuff and some not so good stuff but we are gradually doing more good stuff,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Every time we train, every time we play- this is all we are thinking about right now. We are just improving. We are a better team than we were last week.
'Our sideout was good, and we didn't make a lot of hitting errors. I liked the way we passed for the most part and I really liked the way we were serving. There are areas that we have to get better at, like blocking. Our blocking was not good. Our eye work was not sharp. It's just the little things, but we keep telling them there are no little things- everything counts.'
The Huskies raced out to the 10-5 lead in game one, sparked by a 5-0 run that included a kill and block by Mussie. Portland State called a timeout and was able to chip Washington's lead down to two points at 25-23 behind the seven kill performance of Jessica Frederick. The Huskies took advantage of three PSU errors and an ace by Ashley Aratani for game-point and a kill by Morrison gave UW the 30-24 game one victory.
Washington out-hit Portland State .371 to .244 in the game, led by Mussie with six kills on 12 swings.
UW used an 8-2 run in game two to take the 15-7 lead and trigger a PSU timeout. The Vikings reeled off the next three points out of the break but Washington roared back with another 8-2 run, which included three aces, to take the 23-12 lead. The Huskies scored seven of the last 10 points to take game two, 30-15.
The Dawgs out-hit the Vikings .375- -.244 in game two, led by Morrison with four kills. Portland State tallied just eight kills in the set and made 10 errors as Washington took the 2-0 game lead into the intermission.
Game three was played fairly even with Washington leading by no more than four points as late as 16-12. The Vikings used a kill by Jessica Brodie and a block by Michelle Robertson and Dominique Fradella to cut UW's lead to two points at 16-14. The Huskies then utilized two PSU errors, a Morrison kill and a Mussie ace to go up 20-14 and never looked back. A late 7-1 run gave Washington match-point at 29-18 and a Deesing kill lifted UW to the 30-20 win.
The Huskies out-hit Portland State .263 to -.027 and were led by Morrison and Mussie with four kills apiece.
Bank of America Arena will be the host of four volleyball matches Friday. Aside from Washington's matches at 10:30 a.m and 7 p.m., North Dakota State will face Portland State at 12:30 p.m. and Gonzaga will take on UMBC at 5 p.m. as Husky Classic action continues.