No. 8 UW Takes Down No. 2 Stanford
Oct. 12, 2007
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Behind 20 kills from Stevie Mussie and 19 more from Christal Morrison, the eighth-ranked Washington volleyball team rebounded from their first loss of the season to knock off No. 2 Stanford on Friday night in Pac-10 action. One night after losing a heartbreaking 3-2 match to No. 10 California, the Huskies came back to defeat previously unbeaten Stanford in five games, 3-2. Game scores were 30-24, 21-30, 24-30, 30-27, 15-10.
The Huskies and Stanford now both having matching 17-1 overall records, and both teams are tied for first in the Pac-10 at 6-1.
Despite hitting a season-low .163, Washington was able to take down the Cardinal behind impressive performances by Mussie, Morrison and Jessica Swarbrick, who added 13 kills and hit a team-best .259. Neither team had great a night hitting-wise, as Stanford hit just .216. Both teams finished with 68 kills.
Trailing 2-1 after three games, Washington stepped up their game when they needed to most. After hitting a combined .106 in the first three games, the Huskies hit .342 in game four and .261 in the final game to rally for the victory.
The matchup with Stanford was much anticipated early in the week as both UW and the Cardinal had identical 16-0 records. But after Washington was knocked off by Cal last night and Stanford swept Washington State, the Huskies could easily have come out flat tonight. Instead, they regrouped and won in a hostile environment on the road.
'They had a big crowd tonight that was very rowdy,' said Morrison, of the 3,152 fans in attendance, many of whom were cheering from Stanford. 'They had their usual crazy fans and their band yelling at us so it made for a fun environment. But we can't let that affect us and we stayed focused on what we had to do.'
Four UW players reached double-digits in digs, led by Tamari Miyashiro's 37, which marked a season-best for the Huskies. Mussie and Morrison both finished with double-doubles, as Mussie added 10 digs to go with her 20 kills, and Morrison had 13 digs to go with her 19 kills. Megan McAfee was the other UW player to reach double-figures in digs, finishing with 10.
Jenna Hagglund just missed out on a double-double, tallying 56 assists and nine digs. The freshman setter from West Chester, Ohio also added a season-best five service aces for Washington.
Stanford was led by Cynthia Barboza's 20 kills, and also got 18 kills from Foluke Akinradewo and 16 kills from Alix Klineman. Bryn Kehoe led the Cardinal with 62 assists and Gabi Ailes had a team-best 24 digs.
'It's a great win for us on the road,' said Morrison. 'One of our goals this year was to play well on the road and get some wins. We got the win tonight and that's what matters.'
'Losing to Cal last night was tough. We know we could have won that match so tonight we wanted to capitalize on every chance we got.'
The Huskies return home next week to face two more ranked teams. On Thursday, Oct. 18, UW takes on No. 4 UCLA, and then faces No. 6 USC the following night. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.
NOTES: Washington snapped a two-game losing streak to Stanford with the win ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series 40-9 ... Swarbrick and Alesha Deesing led UW with six total blocks each ... Mussie added two service aces for the Huskies ... Washington had a season-best 91 digs ... their previous high was 62 ... The fifth game feature eight ties and two lead changes ... Kindra Carlson added eight kills for UW.