Volleyball Sweeps Oregon For Fourth Pac-10 Win

Oct. 27, 2001

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team won its 11th straight match at home versus Oregon, defeating the Ducks (3-0), 30-28, 30-25, 30-26, Saturday at Bank of America Arena. With the win, the Huskies broke a three-match losing streak to improve to 11-11 overall and 4-9 in the Pac-10. The Ducks, meanwhile, lost their 13th straight match of the season to fall to 8-14 overall and 0-11 in conference play.

The Huskies were led for the second straight night by senior outside hitter Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.), who tallied a match-high 17 kills. Junior center blocker Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) tallied 15 kills on .500 hitting, while junior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) added a career-best five service aces. Richardson also had 12 digs for her team-leading 11th double-double of the year, and teammate Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) recorded 14 digs.

The Huskies overcame a slow start passing the ball by breaking a 16-16 tie with a three-point scoring run to take a 19-16 lead. Oregon hung in, catching up at 23-23 on a Husky hitting error. The Ducks then took a short-lived 26-25 advantage on kill from Lindsay Closs, but the UW responded with three straight points on a pair of kills and an ace from Maurer. The Huskies then converted its second game point on a Benjamin kill to win 30-28.

In game two, Oregon was up early 6-4, before Washington put together a 6-0 run to move into the lead at 10-6. The Ducks rallied back to tie the score at 11-11, but the Huskies outscored Oregon 10-2 over the next part of the game to take what appeared to be a commanding 21-13 lead. The Ducks closed the gap to four points four times, but a Maurer and Benjamin kill ended the game at 30-25 in Washington's favor.

The third game proved to be much the same as the second, with Oregon taking the early lead at 18-14, before the Huskies rallied behind Maurer's serve with five straight points to vault into the lead at 19-18. The two sides then exchanged points as a number of spectacular defensive plays pushed the UW into a three-point advantage at 24-21. The Huskies held the slim lead the rest of the way, winning the game and the match on an Oregon service error, 30-26.

The UW outhit its opponent for the second straight night, posting a .331 hitting percentage to the Ducks' .262 mark. Oregon's Stephanie Martin and Monique Tobbagi each tallied 15 kills apiece in a losing effort.

Washington will hit the road for its final two Pac-10 road matches of the season next weekend at USC (Nov. 2) and UCLA (Nov. 3).

Washington vs. Oregon - Seattle, Wash. (Oct. 27, 2001)
Washington (11-11, 4-9) def. Oregon (8-14, 0-11), 30-28, 30-25, 30-26

Kills: UW 55 (Richardson 17), UO 51 (Tobbagi, Martin 15), Hitting Pct: UW (.331), UO (.262), Assists: UW 53 (Maurer 47), UO 45 (Gerlach 31), Digs: UW 46 (Churnside 14), UO 45 (Murphy 11), Aces: UW 6 (Maurer 5) , UO 7 (Closs, Gerlach 2), Blocks: UW (5.0), UO (8.0).

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