Huskies Rebound With Sweep of No. 10 UCLA
Nov. 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-American Christal Morrison had 14 kills to lead fifth-ranked Washington to a sweep of No. 10 UCLA on Saturday night in Pac-10 volleyball at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies won by scores of 30-20, 31-29, 30-27, improving to 24-3 overall and 13-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA falls to 18-9 and 8-8 in the Pac-10.
After a heartbreaking loss last night at No. 8 USC, the Huskies needed a win to stay in contention for the Pac-10 Championship. They trail Stanford (15-2 Pac-10) by one-and-a-half games. The Cardinal closes out the season with a home match against No. 7 California next Friday.
The Huskies watched their 2-0 lead over USC last night disappear as the Trojans rallied for the 3-2 win. Washington made sure that didn't happen against UCLA, starting game three with a 7-2 run and later leading by as much as six points at 25-19.
The Bruins countered with a 6-1 run of their own to tie the game at 26-26, but three straight kills from Alesha Deesing, Jessica Swarbrick and Jenna Hagglund pushed the Huskies lead back to three, 29-26. After a UCLA point on a kill by Ali Daley, Washington won the game, and the match, on a Bruins service error by Nellie Spicer.
Washington had to fend off a Bruins comeback in the second game as well. Leading 9-6 early, the Huskies went on a 9-3 run to open up their largest lead of the game at nine points, 18-9. The Bruins then used a seven-point run to tie it at 21-21.
The game was tied four more times from that point and UCLA actually took the lead at 29-28 on an attack error by Morrison. But a kill by Deesing, followed by two more from Morrison got the Huskies the win.
In the opening game, Washington steadily pulled away from UCLA after the two teams were tied early at 11-11. The Huskies used a 4-0 run, fueled by kills from Stevie Mussie and Morrison, for an 18-14 lead, before finally winning on a kill by Deesing.
Washington finished the night with a .262 hitting percentage (51-14-141), and hit .333 in game one and .311 in game three. The Bruins finished the night with a .122 hitting mark (45-28-139).
Deesing and Mussie both tallied 10 kills, and Swarbrick and Becky Perry added seven more kills apiece. Swarbrick hit a match-best .462 while adding six block assists. Both Deesing and Perry had six total blocks as well.
Washington's Tamari Miyashiro led all players with 28 digs and Hagglund had 39 assists.
UCLA was led by Kaitlin Sather's 16 kills. Both Sather and Daly finished with double-doubles. Sather added 14 digs, while Daly finished with 12 kills and 15 digs. Spicer paced the Bruins with 42 assists while Jessica Fine added 15 digs.
The win gave the Huskies a sweep of UCLA this year, their first sweep of the Bruins since the 2004 season.
Washington returns home next week to close out the Pac-10 regular season with matches against Oregon State on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Oregon on Friday, Nov. 23. The match against the Ducks will mark the final home game for five Washington seniors. Ashley Aratani, Alison Simmons, Deesing, Morrison and Mussie will be honored prior to the match.
NOTES: Washington has won seven of the past nine against UCLA, and three in a row. The Bruins still lead the all-time series 40-13 ... with 12 more kills, Morrison will become the Huskies all-time career leader in that category. Morrison, with 1,784 kills, trails Sonja Tomasevic (2002-05), who had 1,795 career kills ... Miyashiro and Megan McAfee had two aces each for the UW ... Mussie had eight digs and Morrison seven ... Washington finished with 12.5 team blocks, the Bruins finished with 10.