Volleyball Earns First Pac-10, Home Win Versus Oregon

Oct. 13, 2000

SEATTLE - In a match between two teams seeking their first Pac-10 win, the Washington Huskies defeated the visiting University of Oregon Ducks, 15-6, 11-15, 13-15, 15-6, in a heated match Friday at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition. With the win, the Huskies ended an eight-match losing skid to improve to 5-10 overall and 1-7 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks fell to 7-9 overall and 0-8 in conference play.

'The kids played with some energy and fought off tough times,' UW head coach Bill Neville said. 'Egan (Metcalf) was outstanding and the upperclassmen showed maturity coming off the bench. I have great respect for them and it was a true team effort.'

The UW got a number of outstanding efforts from its underclassmen, including a double-double from outside hitter Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.), who finished the match with 16 kills and a career-best 15 digs. Overall, junior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) led the Huskies with 17 kills, while classmate Malena Thompson (Santa Fe, N.M.) came off the bench to add 12 kills. Underhill also added six blocks, andjunior setter Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) had 54 assists and 12 digs.

The story for the Huskies, however, was the play of freshmen Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.), Egan Metcalf (Kenmore, Wash.) and Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.). Bjorklund and Metcalf combined for 16 kills on an amazing .517 hitting, while tallying nine total blocks, including three solo efforts. Defensive specialist Lawrence unveiled a tough jump serve, recording three aces and setting the tone during many of the Huskies' long runs.

Oregon's Monique Tobbagi led her team with 18 kills, while Amy Banducci added 13 digs on defense. Overall, the two teams combined for 15 aces and a dismal 34 service errors.

The Huskies continue their home stand with another Pac-10 Conference match versus Oregon State, Saturday, Oct., 14, at 7 p.m. in the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition.

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