Volleyball Comes Up Short Against No. 4 Hawaii In Tournament Championship, 3-1
Sept. 7, 2002
HONOLULU, HI -- The University of Washington (5-1) volleyball team scared No. 4 Hawaii (6-0) by taking the first game in the Eighth Aston Imua Wahine Volleyball Challenge Championship. The Huskies couldn't hold on for the victory, however, as the Rainbow Wahine won the next three to edge Washington, 3-1 (30, 26, 22-30, 27-30, 28-30).
Senior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) had a big night for the Huskies with 20 kills and 10 digs. Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) added 15 kills and 21 digs, while Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) had 13 kills and seven blocks. Setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) capped off her outstanding performance in the tournament with 51 assists and 10 digs against Hawaii.
The match was evenly played throughout with Hawaii just squeaking out advantages in kills, 70-67, and hitting percentage, .234-.230.
Hawaii's Kim Willoughby single-handedly kept the Huskies at bay with her school record 38-kill and 18-dig night.
Benjamin and Leck were both named to the All-Tournament team for their efforts over the weekend.
The Huskies now turn their focus to the Mean Green Classic, Sept. 13-14. Washington will face tournament host North Texas, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Louisiana Tech.
AGATE:Washington vs. Hawaii (Honolulu HI) - September 7, 2002
Hawaii (6-0) def. Washington (5-1), (3-1), 26-30, 30-22, 30-27, 30-28
Kills: UW 67 (Benjamin 20), UH 70 (Willoughby 38); Hitting: UW .230, UH .234; Assists: UW 58 (Maurer 51), UH 67 (Vakasusau 43); Service Aces: UW 7 (Maurer 3), UH 5 (Willoughby 3); Digs: UW 79 (Tomasevic 21), UH (93 (Willoughby & Villaroman 18); Team Blocks: UW 15.5, UH 8.