Huskies Sweep Oregon State, 3-0
Sept. 22, 2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Stevie Mussie and Christal Morrison combined for 33 kills and the No. 8 Washington volleyball team hit a season-best .446, as the Huskies swept Oregon State, 3-0, on Saturday night at Gill Coliseum. Washington opened up Pac-10 play this weekend by downing both Oregon and Oregon State, and is now 13-0 overall on the year, and 2-0 in Pac-10 action.
One night after winning in five games at Oregon in a match that went almost two and half hours, the Huskies came out and made it look easy for much of the night against Oregon State, winning 30-23, 30-15, 30-20 in 1:35.
The first game featured 11 ties as the two teams went back and forth early on. Oregon State (8-6, 1-1 Pac-10) opened its biggest lead of the night at 14-11, before Washington rallied off three straight points to tie it at 14-14. The Huskies took the lead for good, at 16-15, on a Christal Morrison kill and never looked back, eventually winning 30-23.
Washington dominated game two, scoring 10 of the game's first 13 points, before winning 30-15, which was their largest lead in the second game. The Huskies hit .556 as a team and sided out at 100 percent in the game.
In the final game Washington opened up a nine point lead at 14-5, but Oregon State rallied to within three points at 20-17. From there, though, the Huskies scored eight straight points, taking a 28-17 lead, before winning 30-20.
Five Husky players hit .417 or better, and a sixth, Mussie, hit. 390. Mussie led all players with 20 kills, after totaling 27 kills last night against Oregon. Becky Perry and Jessica Swarbrick both hit .538, Jenna Hagglund hit .500, Morrison hit .462 and Alesha Deesing hit .417.
'As a team we hit really well,' said Morrison. 'The second game we didn't have an error. We practice that every day, having composure and being able to hit our shots and hit smart. We were able to do that tonight.'
The Huskies had 20 kills on 36 total attacks in the second game and finished with no errors in a game for the first time this season.
Morrison finished with a double-double, tallying 13 kills and 10 digs, her sixth of the season, and fourth match in a row she has had a double-double in kills and digs.
'It was a good weekend for us, both here in Eugene and here in Corvallis,' said Morrison. 'I think we got better over the weekend. Now it's our job to go back to practice and prepare for next weekend.'
Rachel Rourke finished with 15 kills for the Beavers, while Jill Sawatzky added 12 kills and Ashley Evans had a match-best 22 digs.
Washington remains on the road for its next match, traveling to Pullman, Wash. to face intrastate rival Washington State at 7 p.m. The Cougars are 9-7 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 play after losing 3-2 to Oregon State last night, and being swept, 3-0, by Oregon tonight.
NOTES: Washington now leads the all-time series with Oregon State 44-21 ... The Huskies have won 11 straight matches against the Beavers dating back to the 2002 season.