Huskies Sweep Florida State Behind Mussie's 12 kills
Sept. 7, 2007
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Seniors Stevie Mussie and Alesha Deesing combined for 22 kills and a .372 hitting percentage to lead the No. 8 Washington volleyball to a sweep of Florida State on Friday night at the Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State. The Huskies improved to 8-0 on the year, while Florida State fell to 3-4.
Mussie led all players with 12 kills, and chipped in 15 digs, and Deesing had 10 kills and hit .471 as the Huskies swept their seventh match of the season.
'She [Stevie] is training better everyday and getting more confident on her swings,' said Huskies head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'She adds a lot to our team because she can also play defense and pass well. Deesing was very good tonight as well.'
Washington took the first two games easily, 30-17, 30-15, before stumbling a bit in game three. After the Huskies opened a 14-7 lead early in the final game, Florida State came back to tie the score at 21-21. UW committed six attack errors during that span that contributed to the Seminoles comeback.
The Huskies pulled away, though, taking a 26-21 lead behind two kills each from Mussie and freshman Becky Perry, and an FSU attack error. Washington ended up winning game three, 30-25.
'We played well for most of the match,' said McLaughlin. 'We had a little letdown in game three which we also had against Long Beach State last night and that is something we will have to address.'
Despite the game three letdowns on back-to-back nights, McLaughlin came away pleased with his team's play over the two games in California. The Huskies defeated Long Beach State last night, 3-1, with their only loss to the 49ers coming in game three.
'We tried two different lineups and mixed parts a little bit, and we are pleased with our play over the two games. The most important thing is we really served well in the second match. There are some good things we'll take away from these matches and at some point we will put the whole thing together.'
The Huskies finished the match with 47 kills and a .282 hitting percentage, while FSU managed just 27 kills and a .068 hitting clip. UW also had more assists (41 to 26) and digs (49 to 36) than the Seminoles.
Washington senior Christal Morrison finished the night with nine kills and three service aces, Perry and junior Jessica Swarbrick added seven kills each, and freshman Jenna Hagglund had a match-high 37 assists. Sophomore Tamari Miyashiro led the Huskies with 17 digs.
Florida State was led by Brianna Barry, who had 10 kills and hit .412. Nikki Baker had 16 assists and Summer Weissing finished with 13 digs for the Seminoles.
Washington next plays at the Northern Florida/Jacksonville Classic in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 13-15. The Huskies open the tournament by playing Northern Florida on Friday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. (PDT).