No. 14 Volleyball Defeats No. 16 Arizona, 3-2
Sept. 19, 2003
SEATTLE- The 14th-ranked Washington volleyball team defeated 16th-ranked Arizona (6-6, 0-2), 3-2 this evening in front of 1,013 fans at the Bank of America Arena. With the 30-22, 30-18, 25-30, 24-30, 15-10 victory, Washington extends its school record for best start to a season to 11-0 (2-0 Pac-10).
Three Huskies recorded double-figure kills, led by Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) with 25 kills, eight of which came in the pivitol fifth game. Also throwing down double-figure kills were Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) with 17 and Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) with a career-best 15.
The Huskies won games one and two behind an impressive hitting performance that included a combined hitting percentage of .470 vs. Arizona's .234. Washington had all of the momentum in game one when a kill by Jessica Veris (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) set off a 12-0 Husky run to put UW on top 20-7. Veris held serve through that run, chipping in three services aces along the way.
That mometum carried into game two as Washington scored the first five points of the game and pushed its lead to as much as 12 at 26-14.
Arizona battled back in games three and four, taking advantage of Husky miscues and out hitting the Dawgs in both games to force the tie-breaker.
Washington jumped out to the quick 5-1 lead in the fifth game with a pair of kills and a service ace by Tomasevic. The Wildcats chipped at the UW lead to knot the score at 7-7 but Washington answered with a 4-0 run that included a kill by Hagerty and a pair of kills by Tomasevic. After a UW service error, Tomasevic tallied four kills in the next five plays to lift the Huskies to victory.
UW finished the match with a .329 hitting percentage, led by Bjorklund with a .609 clip (15-1-23). The Huskies also collected 10 service aces on the night, including five by Tomasevic.
Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the Husky defense with 17 digs, while Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash..) added 15 and Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) had 10. Alexis McDonald (Long Beach, Calif.) recorded five blocks for UW and Veris had four.
Washington continues Pac-10 play on the road next week as it takes on 12th-ranked California and 4th-ranked Stanford on Sept. 26 and 27. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Washington def. Arizona (Seattle, Wash.) Sept. 19, 2003
Washington (11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) def. Arizona (6-6, 0-2 Pac-10), (30-22, 30-18, 25-30, 24-30, 15-10)
Kills: UW 78 (Tomasevic 25), UA 67 (Glass 22); Assists: UW 70 (Thompson 62), UA 64 (Butkus 47); Services Aces: UW 10, UA 5; Digs: UW 66 (Lee 17), UA 65 (Mulvany 18); Team Blocks: UW 10.5, UA 12.5.