Volleyball Opens 2002 With Sweep of Delaware

Aug. 30, 2002

OXFORD, Ohio - Washington's captains directed a season-opening 3-0 sweep of the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens on Friday, in the opening game of the Miami Best Western Classic, hosted by Miami (OH) University.

The Huskies (1-0), who need just over an hour to defeat Delaware (0-1) by scores of 30-16, 30-17 and 30-23, will play IPFW Saturday at 9:30 a.m. PST before concluding the round-robin tournament with the featured match against the host Red Hawks at 4:30 p.m. PST.

Sophomore team captain Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia/Medical Secondary HS), making her Husky debut, directed the Washington attack with 11 kills and nine defensive digs. Fellow captain Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash./Redmond HS) chipped in nine kills, while senior floor captain Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS) tied for the team lead with four block assists.

Washington's defense was outstanding, holding Delaware to just an .068 hitting percentage and no service aces, while outnumbering the Blue Hens in kills by a 45-23 margin. On the attack, the Huskies hit for a .427 percentage as a team, and recorded eight blocks and 12 service aces.

The Miami Best Western Classic features six round-robin games between four teams, with each team playing each other team once. The tournament champion is the team with the best record at the conclusion of all six games.

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