Huskies beat Arizona 3-1 to complete desert sweep

Oct. 20, 2006

Final Stats

The No. 6 Washington Huskies (17-3, 7-2 Pac-10) got 24 kills from junior Christal Morrison to help them fend off a tough Arizona team 3-1 on Friday night at the McKale Center. Game scores were 30-21, 30-20, 24-30, 30-26.

Morrison's 24 kills paced a Husky offense that had four players with double-figure kills. She had 42 kills in the two matches over the weekend. Senior Janine Sandell posted 13 kills and had a stellar .435 hitting percentage. Sophomore Jill Collymore and junior Alesha Deesing had 15 and 10 kills respectively.

Despite 32 hitting errors the Huskies out-hit the Wildcats (10-11, 1-8 Pac-10) .217-.189. Games one and three were especially difficult for Washington as the team hit below .200 in both. However, the Huskies held Arizona to just a .047 percentage in game one.

The Huskies struggled to keep rhythm the entire match, but Arizona was not able to take advantage until game three. In the game Arizona hit .326, the only game in which either team hit above .300 in the match, and took advantage of 11 Husky errors en route to the 30-24 win.

Washington came back in game four, posting a .298 hitting percentage and tallying a match-high 21 kills.

Senior Courtney Thompson anchored the offense with 63 assists, while sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro had 29 digs to lead the defense.

The Wildcats led early in game one, taking a 10-5 lead and held it as late as 21-20. But a 9-1 run late in the game propelled Washington to the 30-21 win. In game two an 11-3 run was all the Huskies needed to take control of the game and the match.

The Huskies return home next week to face the two of the top three teams in the conference, USC and UCLA, on Thursday and Friday.

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