Volleyball Defeats UMKC, 3-0, In Season Opener

Aug. 29, 2003

MADISON, Wis.- The Washington volleyball team (1-0) opened its season with a 3-0 defeat of UMKC (0-1) (30-15, 30-20, 30-17) today at the Badger Invitational. Junior Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) and sophomore Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) each notched double-figure kills, with Tomasevic recording a match-high 18 kills and Hagerty chipping in 11 in the winning effort.

The Huskies played flawlessly in game one, recording 18 kills on 26 attacks with no errors for a .692 hitting percentage. Washington began to pull away at the 10-7 mark after two UMKC errors and a kill by Hagerty to go up, 13-7. UW pushed that lead to 18-8 on five straight points, including kills by Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.), Tomasevic and Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia). The Huskies continued to build momentum, maintaining at least a nine point-buffer throughout the game. Tomasevic scored the final four points of the opener to give Washington the 30-15 edge.

Washington led throughout game two, jumping out to a five-point lead at 7-2 after four Kangaroo errors and kills by Tomasevic and Myhre. UMKC paced the Huskies through 21-16 before UW went on a 7-0 run, taking advantage of five Kangaroo errors and a pair of kills by Hagerty. The seven-point run gave Washington the 27-16 lead and eventual 30-20 victory.

The Huskies took a quick eight-point lead in game three at 10-2 behind a balanced UW attack that included three kills by Jessica Veris (Manhattan, Beach, Calif.), two kills by Hagerty and two aces by Tomasevic. The Kangaroos chipped at Washington's lead, cutting it to five points at 19-14 after three UW errors at a kill by Angela Melka. The Huskies regrouped to make a seven-point run to give the Dawgs the 29-16 lead and match point. Hagerty added two aces in the run, while Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.), Hagerty and Tomasevic logged kills. Tomasevic put the game away with her 18th kill of the match, as Washington won game three, 30-17.

UW finished the match with 12 aces, including a career-best five aces by Tomasevic. Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the defense with nine digs and Thompson tallied 30 assists for the Huskies in her collegiate debut.

Jenni Watts led UMKC with six kills, while Melka collected eight digs and five kills for the Kangaroos.

Washington continues tournament action tomorrow with a pair of matches. The Huskies will face New Hampshire at 10 a.m. (CT), before taking on tournament host and 17th-ranked Wisconsin at 7 p.m.

AGATEWashington def. UMKC (Madison, Wis.) August 29, 2003

Washington (1-0) def. UMKC (1-0) (30-15, 30-20, 30-17)Kills: UW 45 (Tomasevic 18), UMKC 26 (Watts 6); Assists: UW 40 (Thompson 30), Cal 22 (Waltemeyer 15); Service Aces: UW 12, UMKC 1; Digs: UW 35 (Lee 9), UMKC (Melka 8); Team Blocks: UW 5, Cal 4.

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