Huskies Overpower No. 6 Stanford, 3-0
Sept. 22, 2006
SEATTLE-- Junior All-American outside hitter Christal Morrison made the most of her 21st birthday Friday night as she led the fourth-ranked Washington volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over sixth-ranked Stanford with 17 kills in front of 4,128 fans at Bank of America Arena. The win lifts the Dawgs to 12-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal dip to 10-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Game scores were 30-21, 30-28, 30-25.
The game was televised by FSN and will air locally on Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans outside of the Pacific Northwest should check their local listings for the day and time of the replay in their regions.
The victory extends Washington's home win streak to 22 matches, dating back to the 2004 season, while all 12 of its wins have come way of the 3-0 sweep.
Senior All-American Courtney Thompson also had a special night, collecting 53 assists to surpass two players on the Pac-10 all-time list, including FSN analyst Holly McPeak who was at the match. Thompson now ranks second on the conference's all-time list with 5,533 career assists.
Stanford held statistical advantages in kills (57-56) and digs (59-53) but Washington out-hit (.364-.225) and out blocked (9-3) the Cardinal as they made 23 attack errors to Washington's eight.
Three UW players tallied kills in the double figures and was led by Morrison with 17 kills on 46 swings with no errors for a .370 hitting percentage. Middle blockers Alesha Deesing and Jessica Swarbrick proved equally effective as they collected 14 and 10 kills, respectively.
Swarbrick's seven blocks fell one shy of her season-high, while Janine Sandell was a part of four stuffs.
Stanford was led by Cynthia Barboza with 25 kills, while Foluke Akinradewo added 12 and Kristin Richards pitched in 10 kills. Jessica Fishburn had 25 digs, while Richards had 15.
The Huskies jumped out to the 15-6 lead in game one, sparked by a 6-0 run that included three UW blocks. Washington used a late 6-1 run to take the 26-14 lead after three Morrison kills and a block by Sandell and Swarbrick to go up 26-14 as UW cruised to the 30-21 game one victory.
Washington out hit Stanford .302-.089 in the set as the Cardinal made 10 errors. Morrison and Deesing combined for 11 kills in the game with no errors.
Game two was tight throughout with the score knotting 15 times as late as 28-28. A Deesing kill gave Washington game point and a ball handling error by the Cardinal gave UW the 30-28 win and two game lead heading into the intermission.
The Huskies out hit Stanford .436-.357 in game two, while Mussie, Morrison and Swarbrick each had four kills in the set.
Game three opened even before Stanford strung four points together to take the 10-7 lead to force a UW timeout. The Huskies battled back, going on a 7-2 run to over take the Cardinal and go up 14-12 resulting in a Stanford timeout. The Cardinal pulled to within one point 23-22 after three straight points but the Huskies scored seven of the next 10 points, including two kills apiece by Morrison and Deesing, to win the game 30-25.
Washington out hit Stanford .360-.264 in the set and was led by Morrison with seven kills.
The Huskies return to action next week when they travel to Los Angeles to take on No. 3 UCLA and No. 7 USC, Sept. 28-29.
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