Volleyball Upsets No. 16 Washington State, 3-1

Oct. 11, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Washington volleyball team (11-5, 3-4 Pac-10) upset No. 16 Washington State (14-3, 4-3) in four games (30-28, 20-30, 30-16, 30-25) this evening at the Bank of America Arena in front of 1,719 fans.

The Huskies took game one, 30-28, as they out hit the Cougars, .250-.205. Senior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) led the Washington attack with six kills for a .462 hitting percentage. The game was evenly played throughout 23-23 but five Cougar errors and three kills by sophomores Alexis McDonald (Long Beach, Calif.) and Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) put the game away.

Washington State came back in game two with increased firepower, hitting .432 to Washington's .150. The Cougars held the lead throughout the game with Washington never getting closer than three points at 10-13 and 12-15.

The Huskies rallied in the third game, dominating the net to take the 30-16 victory. Washington took advantage of a Cougar offense that hit -.018 and recorded nine errors and just eight kills. Freshman Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia) and Tomasevic each recorded four kills in the game and a pair of services aces by freshman Jessica Veris (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) earned UW the victory.

Washington won game four, 30-25 to win the match behind a six-kill effort from Tomasevic, including the game-winner. The Huskies trailed until 8-7 and pushed its lead to five at 25-20 and 29-24 before Tomasevic put the match out of reach.

Four Washington players finished the match with double-figure kills, including Benjamin with 17, Tomasevic with 16 and McDonald and Mhyre with 11 apiece. Benjamin and Tomasevic also led the defensive effort with 22 digs each.

The victory marked the first for Washington over WSU since 1998 and the first in seven chances. The Huskies 11th win ties their victory mark from last season with 12 regular season matches to go. Last season, they finished 11-16 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies return to action next Thursday and Friday, October 17-18, when they face Stanford and California on the road.


Washington def. No. 16 Washington State (Seattle, Wash.)- October 11, 2002

Washington (11-5, 3-4) def. No. 16 Washington State (14-3, 4-3); (30-28, 20-30, 30-16, 30-25)Kills: UW 65 (Benjamin 17), WSU 57 (Hankoff 14); Assists: UW 61 (Maurer 55), WSU 52 (Larson 47); Service Aces: UW 9 (Veris 3), WSU 2; Digs: UW 89 (Benjamin/Tomasevic 22), WSU 90 (Jamtaas 30); Team Blocks: UW 9, WSU 10.

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