Volleyball Dominates Oregon In Three-Game Pac-10 Sweep

Sept. 28, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - The Washington volleyball team fell behind just once as the Huskies swept the Oregon Ducks in three games, 30-22, 30-24, 30-22, Friday evening at McArthur Court. With the win, the Huskies have already matched their 2000 Pac-10 win total, moving to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play, while the Ducks fell to 8-4 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-10.

For the second straight night, the UW was led by senior Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) who had 12 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Kaitlin Leck added 10 kills, while Eugene, Ore. native Britni Churnside had 10 digs. UW junior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) talllied 36 assists and led the Huskies to a .339 hitting percentage.

The Huskies started off the match by outscoring the Ducks 8-2, building what would turn out to be four, six-point leads early in the game. Oregon did score three points in a row to come to within four at 14-18 and force a UW timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Ducks came to within three points of the Husky lead at 16-19, 17-20 and 18-21. A four-point Washington run, however, gave the Huskies what would prove to be an insurmountable seven point lead at 25-18, eventually winning the game 30-20, with a sparkling .441 hitting percentage.

Game two was much closer, although Washington would never fall behind, building as big as an eight-point advantage at 19-11. The Ducks mounted a late charge with three-point scoring run to draw to within four at 24-28, but the UW responded with two straight points on an Oregon serving and hitting error to take a two-game advantage with a 30-24 win.

The Huskies' monopoly on the lead would finally come to an end early in game three as the Ducks forced the first tie of the match at 2-2 and then took their first lead a play later at 3-2 on a kill by Monique Tobbagi. The lead was short-lived, however, as the UW regained its form with a four-point outburst to take a 9-4 lead and then built as big as a seven point advantage at 15-8.

Oregon made the game interesting coming back to within two points four times, with the latest coming at 18-20. The UW then tallied a 7-1 run to make the score 27-20, before a Lisa Underhill kill, a Oregon hitting error and a back row kill from Richardson ended the match with a 30-22 Husky win.

Washington returns home next week for a pair of Pac-10 Conference matches versus No. 8 UCLA (Oct. 4) and No.5 USC (Oct. 5) at Bank of America Arena. Both games are slated for a 7 p.m. start.

Washington at Oregon (Sept. 28, 2001)
Washington (7-4, 1-2) def. Oregon (8-3, 0-2), 30-20, 30-24, 30-22

Kills: UW 50 (Richardson 12), ORE 41 (Tobbagi 12), Hitting Pct: UW (.339), ORE (.121), Assists: UW 44 (Maurer 36), ORE 37 (Gerlach 27), Digs: UW 44 (Richardson, Churnside 10), ORE 43 (Murphy 10), Aces: UW 6 (Richardson 2), ORE 2 , Blocks: UW (6), ORE (6)

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