Huskies Sweep No. 8 Cal In Pac-10 Opener
Sept. 21, 2006
SEATTLE-- Junior Stevie Mussie led the fourth-ranked Washington Huskies (11-1, 1-0 Pac-10) to a 3-0 sweep over eighth-ranked California (11-1, 0-1 Pac-10) Thursday night in front of 1248 fans at Bank of American Arena in the Pac-10 opener for both teams. Mussie led all players with 19 kills on 36 swings with just one error for a .500 hitting percentage as UW extended its school record home win streak to 21 matches, dating back to the 2004 season. Game scores were 30-17, 30-16, 30-24.
Washington out played the Golden Bears on both sides of the net, out-hitting Cal .415-.143 and holding advantages in kills (48-40), digs (35-33) and blocks (7.5-3).
'It's just good to get that first one under your belt, especially against a good opponent,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We have had some battles with them in the past- it's just good to start off with a win when playing in the Pac-10.'
Junior All-American Christal Morrison teamed up with Mussie for Washington's one-two punch, chipping in 10 kills, while Jessica Swarbrick pitched in seven kills and Janine Sandell and Alesha Deesing added six kills apiece.
Senior All-American Courtney Thompson paced the Dawgs to their sixth match of the season with a hitting percentage above .400, and fifth match in a row, while recording 44 assists on the night.
Freshman libero Tamari Miyashiro anchored Washington's defense with 12 digs, while Morrison and Swarbrick each tallied four blocks.
The Huskies got off to the quick 7-2 start in game one after kills by Swarbrick and Sandell to trigger a Cal timeout. The Golden Bears pulled to within two points at 12-10 but Washington went on a 6-1 run, which included a kill and ace by Morrison, to put the Huskies on top 18-11 as UW cruised to the 30-17 victory.
Washington out hit Cal .438-.147 in game one and was led by Mussie with six kills on 12 swings.
The Huskies used some strong play from middle hitters Deesing and Swarbrick in game two to take the 18-11 lead and force a Cal timeout. Washington then used a 5-0 run, which included kills by Morrison and Mussie and three Bear miscues to take the 25-12 lead and UW rolled to the 30-16 win.
Washington out hit Cal .455-.118 in game two and was led by Mussie with eight kills on 11 swings with no errors as the Huskies took the 2-0 lead into the intermission.
California came out of the break and played Washington evenly with the score tied as late as 13-13. Back-to-back Golden Bear errors gave the Huskies the lead for good and a Cal service error and Mussie kill put UW up 20-16, resulting in a Cal timeout. The Golden Bears battled back, cutting the Huskies' lead to two at 25-23 and Washington called its first timeout of the match. Morrison closed out the match with three kills to hand the Dawgs the 30-24 victory.
The Huskies out hit the Golden Bears .345-.162 and was led by Mussie's five kills in game three.
Washington, who has won 71 of its last 76 matches, will have little time to rest before hosting sixth-ranked Stanford Friday night at 7 p.m. The match will be televised by FSN and will air on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday at 1 p.m.