Volleyball Defeats Cal In Pac-10 Finale

Nov. 25, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif.-- The second-ranked University of Washington volleyball team closed out the Pac-10 season Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over No. 15 California. Game scores were 26-30, 30-19, 30-20, 30-24.

Washington improves to 25-4 overall and 15-3 in the Pac-10 and finishes the season in second place in the conference standings- one match behind conference champion Stanford- who defeated the Huskies last night. California dips to 20-9 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies out-played the Golden Bears in every statistical category, holding advantages in hitting percentage (.214-.106), kills (67-53), digs (74-63) and blocks (11.5-11).

Junior All-American Christal Morrison led the UW offense with 18 kills, while sophomores Jill Collymore and Jessica Swarbrick added 11 kills each, and senior Janine Sandell chipped in 10 kills.

Senior All-American Courtney Thompson paced Washington's offense with 59 assists, moving into ninth on the NCAA all-time list with 6,333 career assists.

Freshman Tamari Miyashiro anchored Washington's defense with 24 digs, leading the team in digs for the 23rd time this season. Morrison added 20 digs for her 16th double-double.

California led throughout game one, taking a six-point lead at 20-14 and again at 27-21, as it cruised to the 30-26 win.

Game two opened evenly with eight ties and eight lead changes before a kill by Sandell gave Washington the 10-9 lead, a lead the Huskies would not relinquish as it powered to the 30-19 win.

UW continued to dominate in game three, jumping out to the 13-6 lead and taking an 11-point lead at 25-14 before rolling to the 30-20 victory.

Game four had seven ties as late as 23-23 before the Huskies scored the next four points on a Cal error, two Morrison kills and a Miyashiro ace to go up 27-23 and take the eventual 30-24 win.

The Huskies will learn their postseason fate Sunday when the NCAA announces the 64-team field for the 2006 NCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship on ESPNews at noon. Fans can watch the broadcast on the Dish Network (channel 142), or on Direct TV (channel 207).

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