Morrison Leads UW Past Long Beach State
Sept. 6, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Senior All-American Christal Morrison pounded out 17 kills and the No. 8 Washington volleyball team had four players in all reach double digits in kills as the Huskies defeated Long Beach State 3-1 (30-25, 30-15, 25-30, 30-22) on Thursday night at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. Washington is now 7-0 on the season, while the 49ers dropped to 2-4.
Morrison, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, had a season-high 17 kills, hit .333 and added 13 digs, while three other UW players had 11 kills or more. Freshmen Becky Perry and Kindra Carlson registered 13 and 11 kills, respectively, and senior Alesha Deesing had 11 kills and hit a team-best .500.
Washington hit .299 as a team, while holding Long Beach State to just a .182 hitting percentage. The 49ers 30-25 game-three win was the first time this season that UW had lost a game.
'So far they're the toughest team we've come up against,' said Morrison. 'They played really well tonight and gave us good competition. It was good to play against them because it allowed us to work on things that we were specifically working on in practice all week.'
Morrison added that the Huskies played solid throughout all four games despite losing game three.
'I thought it was a good match for us. I think we performed well over time. I think the key [to the win] was just steady play. We started out pretty well and we just stayed on task and we were really able to focus all the way through game four.'
UW Freshman Jenna Hagglund had a personal and team season-high 57 assists, and sophomore Tamari Miyashiro led the Huskies with 23 digs. Junior Jessica Swarbrick finished with a team-high seven blocks, Morrison had five, and Deesing and Perry had four each.
The 49ers Alexis Crimes led all players with 19 kills. Ashley Lee had 11 kills and Quincy Verdin added 10 kills for Long Beach State. Also for the 49ers, Nicole Vargas had 46 assists and Cynthia Buggs had 16 digs.
UW plays at the Pyramid again tomorrow, this time against Florida State. Match time is set for 7 p.m.