Volleyball Wins Community Bankers Classic With 3-0 Victory Over Pacific

Nov. 30, 2002

STOCKTON, Calif. -- Washington (19-10) captured the 24th Annual Community Bankers Classic title this evening with a 3-0 sweep over host Pacific (18-12) at the Alex G. Spanos Center in front of 1,803 fans. Game scores were 30-25, 30-15, 30-24.

Senior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) and sophomore Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) led the Huskies with 19 kills each en route to the victory. Washington held the advantge in every statistical category, including kills (58-37), hitting percentage (.135-344) and blocks (9.5-6).

Senior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente) ran an efficient match, dishing 46 assists as the Huskies made just 15 attack errors on the night. For her efforts, Maurer was named tournament Most Valuable Player, her second MVP nod of the season.

Tomasevic and libero Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the defense with 17 digs, apiece and junior Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) tallied a match-high five blocks on the night.

'We're playing really well at a good time of the year,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We showed great composure in game one after falling behind. Once we got into a rhythm, we just rolled. The team played great.'

Joining Maurer on the All-Tournament team were Benjamin and Bjorklund.

The tournament championship marks the third for the Huskies this season who also won the Sycamore Inn/Best Western Classic on Aug. 31, and the Mean Green Classic on Sept. 14.

Washington anxiously waits to hear whether it will compete in the 2002 NCAA tournament as the announcement will be made tomorrow night at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS.


Washington def. Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) - Nov. 30, 2002

Washington (19-10) def. Pacific (18-12); (30,25, 30-15, 30-24)

Kills: UW 58 (Benjamin & Tomasevic 19), UOP 37 (Joines 13); Hitting: UW .344, UOP .135; Service Aces: UW 4, UOP 3; Digs: UW 57 (Lee & Tomasevic 17), UOP 43 (Anderson & Kalend 8); Team Blocks: UW 9.5, UOP 7,

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