Volleyball Sweeps Washington State
Nov. 10, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash.- Juniors Christal Morrison and Stevie Mussie led the fourth-ranked University of Washington volleyball team to its 10th consecutive win Friday night with a sweep over Washington State. The victory lifts Washington to 22-3 overall and 12-2 in the Pac-10, while the Cougars dip to 15-13 overall and 3-11 in conference play. Game scores were 30-17, 30-12, 30-23.
Three Huskies tallied kills in the doubles figures, including Morrison and Mussie with 16 apiece, and sophomore Alesha Deesing with 10 kills on 18 swings with no errors for a .556 hitting percentage from the middle.
Morrison's 16 kills brings her career total to 1,289, which surpasses former All-American Paige Benjamin for the No. 5 spot on the UW all-time chart. Her 17.5 points also moves her into seventh on the UW all-time list with 459.0 career points.
Senior All-American Courtney Thompson paced the Husky offense to a .331 hitting percentage with 44 assists, which moves her into 12th on the NCAA all-time list with 6,132 career assists. She also added 12 digs.
Freshman Tamari Miyashiro and Morrison anchored the defense with 15 digs each, while Deesing headlined the blocking game with seven stuffs.
Miyashiro's season dig total now stands at 442, which ranks fifth on the UW all-time list.
Washington held statistical advantages over Washington State in every category, including hitting percentage (.331-.035), kills (57-29), digs (54-44) and blocks (13-9).
Tara West led the Cougar's offense with seven kills, while Kelly Rosin added six. Kelly Hyder led the defense with 15 digs and Cassie Robbins collected five blocks.
The Huskies, the two-time defending Pac-10 Champions, are one win out of first place in the league standings behind Stanford with four conference matches remaining. Washington hosts its final regular season matches of the season next week when Arizona and Arizona State come to town, Nov. 16-17. UW will honor seniors Courtney Thompson and Janine Sandell before the ASU match at 7 p.m.
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