Volleyball Falls In Pac-10 Opener To No. 14 Washington, 3-1

Sept. 18, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State Volleyball team could not capitalize on a 30-18 win in the opening set as the No. 14 and undefeated Washington Huskies rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Sun Devils Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams at Bank of America Pavilion. Game scores were 30-18, 19-30, 26-30, 19-30 in favor of the Huskies.

Arizona State saw its brief three-match winning streak come to an end to even its overall record at 5-5 and 0-1 in the Pac-10. Washington improved to 10-0 and has lost only two games this year. ASU is now 12-6 all-time in Pac-10 season openers.

Junior outside hitter Natalie Harris (Tempe, Ariz.) led all players with 20 kills to lead the Sun Devils. Senior outside hitter Juliana Escobar (Brasilia, Brazil) recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 13 kills and 14 digs. Senior middle blocker Mandy Stephens (Napa, Calif.) continued her excellent play by recording a career-high with a .750 hitting percentage on nine kills. Senior setter Cheryl Anglin (Queen Creek, Ariz.) led the Devils with 31 assists.

The Huskies were led by Pac-10 kills leader Sanja Tomosevic, who tallied 19 kills, 13 digs and six blocks in the victory. Kara Bjorklund (11 kills) and Brie Hagerty (13 kills) also helped the UW to the four-set win.

ASU continues on the road with a 7 p.m. match Friday at Washington State in Bohler Gym. ASU returns home after the WSU match to host rival Arizona on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils face a nationally ranked opponent in five of their next seven matches.

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