No. 5 Volleyball Sweeps WSU In Front of Record Crowd
Oct. 13, 2006
SEATTLE-- Bank of America Arena was rockin' Friday night as a record 6,216 fans packed Hec Edmundson Pavilion to see the fifth-ranked Washington volleyball team sweep Washington State, 3-0, in a match broadcast live on FSN. Game scores were 32-30, 30-28, 34-32.
Friday was 'Pack the Arena Night' for the Huskies and packed them in they did. Washington shattered its old record crowd of 5,712¬-- set on Oct. 23, 2004 vs. Stanford -- by more than 500 fans.
The victory marked Washington's 25th consecutive at home as the Huskies improved to 15-3 overall and 5-2 in the Pac-10. WSU dips to 13-8 overall and 1-6 in the Pac-10.
The Cougars gave Washington a battle as the match saw 40 tie scores and two games surpassed 30 points.
'We never found a rhythm and part of it was them (WSU) and most of it was us,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'They played well, we did not play well, but we found a way to win. What saved us was our serving. Our serving was excellent tonight and that got us going and I thought we played pretty good defense. Our timing was off and we hit a lot of balls out of bounds.'
Washington did out-hit WSU, .245-.240 and held advantages in aces (5-3) and digs (66-58) but the Huskies did appear out of rhythm most of the night in front of the record crowd.
'We were anxious for this,' said McLaughlin. '(It was) a huge, record crowd and we were tight. This is what it's going to be like during the regional so we better get used to it and just play our game in any condition.'
Three Washington players tallied kills in the double-digits, led by junior All-American Christal Morrison with 18 put-aways. Fellow juniors Alesha Deesing and Stevie Mussie added 13 and 12 kills respectively.
Senior All-American Courtney Thompson paced the Huskies with 55 assists, while adding eight digs. Freshman libero Tamari Miyashiro anchored the defense, posting 17 digs. Morrison and Mussie each chipped in 12 digs to pick up double-doubles.
Game one opened evenly with five ties until the Cougars inched out to the 18-14 lead on kills by Cassie Robbins and Kelly Rosin to trigger a Washington timeout. The Huskies used three kills by Morrison to knot the score at 19-19 and UW went up by five at 28-23 after a pair of Mussie kills. Washington State roared back, scoring the next three points to trigger another UW timeout. A Mussie kill gave Washington game point at 29-27 but Mussie served the next ball into the net. WSU fought off another game point before a Morrison kill finally gave the Huskies the 32-30 win.
The Huskies didn't take the lead in game two until 23-22 after a Morrison service ace. The score knotted again at 23-23 and 27-27 before Washington took advantage of three Cougar errors to take game two, 30-28.
UW jumped out to the 4-0 lead in game three but WSU stayed in the game and evened the score at 10-10 after three Washington errors and two kills by Adetokundo Faleti. A Morrison kill gave UW match-point at 29-28 but Rosin answered with a kill. Janine Sandell put down a kill to put Washington up 30-29 but Morrison served the next ball into the net. Jill Collymore came off the bench with a kill for the Huskies' third match-point but Brittany Johnson followed with a kill to tie the score at 31-31. Another Collymore kill game Washington match-point but a Collymore error on the next play again tied the game at 32-32. Deesing recorded a kill for Washington's fifth match-point and a WSU error gave UW the 34-32 victory.
The Huskies return to action next week when they hit the road to face Arizona State and Arizona, Oct. 19-20.