Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight With 3-0 Victory Over San Francisco

Sept. 6, 2002

HONOLULU, HI -- The University of Washington volleyball team extended its win streak to five matches as it topped the University of San Francisco, 3-0 (30-14, 30-18, 30-23), this evening at the Eighth Aston Imua Wahine Volleyball Challenge. The five victories equal Washington's best start since the 1987 season when the Huskies won nine straight. UW still hasn't lost a game in the 2002 season, sweeping each of its opponents three games to none.

Senior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) led the Husky offense, which hit .390 on the night. Benjamin recorded a match-high 18 kills with a .562 hitting percentage, followed by Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) and Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) with nine kills apiece.

Libero Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the Husky defense with 12 digs, while Tomasevic added 10. Washington held USF to a .067 hitting percentage as it forced 21 San Francisco attack errors and 10 service errors.

Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) was deadly on serve, recording eight aces on the night to tie the school record. The record was originally set in 1984 by Kara Hardesty and was tied in 1994 by Dragana Djordevic, both in five game matches.

No USF player tallied double-figure kills or digs.

The win improves Washington to 5-0, while San Francisco dips to 2-4 on the season.

The Huskies continue tournament play tomorrow with a 9:00 p.m. (EST) match up against host and No. 4 ranked Hawaii.

AGATE:Washington vs. San Francisco (Honolulu HI) - September 6, 2002

Washington (5-0) def. San Francisco (2-4), 30-14, 30-18, 30-23

Kills: UW 49 (Benjamin 18), USF 28 (Budinger 9); Hitting: UW .390, USF .067; Assists: UW 42 (Maurer 38), USF 28 (Bognar 19); Service Aces: UW 8 (Leck 8), USF 3 (Budinger 2); Digs: UW 44 (Lee 12), USF 38 (Bognar & Pomilia 8); Team Blocks: UW 4, USF 4.


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