No. 13 Volleyball Drops A Heartbreaker To No. 8 UCLA, 3-2

Oct. 3, 2003

SEATTLE- The 13th-ranked Washington volleyball team (11-3, 2-3 Pac-10) dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to eighth-ranked UCLA (12-2, 4-1 Pac-10) this evening at the Bank of America Arena in front of 1,747 fans. The Huskies, who came back from a two game deficit, were led by junior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) who tallied career-bests with 32 kills and nine blocks, while setting a UW record with 96 total attacks.

The Bruins raced out to a quick five-point lead in game one at 5-10 and 8-13 before the Huskies chipped away at the lead. Washington pulled within two points at 13-15 and took its first lead of the game at 21-20. UW pushed that lead to three points at 26-23 but couldn't make it stick as the team committed five errors over the next eight plays to let the Bruins take game one, 30-27. Tomasevic had four kills in the game and Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) added three to account for half of Washington's 14 kills as UW hit .119 as a team.

Tomasevic carried much of the load in game two, tallying 10 of Washington's 16 kills and logging seven digs. UCLA led through much of the first half but never by more than three points with the Huskies taking the lead at 16-15. UCLA came back to knot the score at 23-all and again at 24-all before the Bruins put together six kills to take the game, 30-26.

Washington came back in game three, building a six-point lead at 16-10. UCLA fought back to within one point at 24-33 but the Huskies put the game away with their .326 hitting percentage, which included six kills by Tomasevic and four each by Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia) and Bjorklund en route to the 30-26 win.

The Huskies carried that momentum into game four, out hitting UCLA .261-.102 and quickly taking an eight-point lead at 17-9. Washington pushed its lead to ten points at 27-17 and never looked back, handing the Bruins a 30-21 loss and forcing the fifth game tiebreaker. Tomasevic had five kills in the win and Myhre and Bjorklund added four apiece.

Washington made an early 5-0 run to go up in game five, 9-4. The Bruins pulled even at 12-all and 13-all before holding match point at 14-13 and 15-14. Washington fought off UCLA each time with kills by Tomasevic and another Tomasevic spike gave the Dawgs match point at 16-15. The Bruins fought off four Huskies match points in a row before taking match point at 20-19. UW regained its fifth and final match point at 21-20 with a Tomasevic kill and a Bruin error but could not capitalize. UCLA again held match point at 22-21 and 23-22 before a Husky attack error gave the Bruins the 24-22 win.

Tomasevic fell just short of a triple-double with 32 kills, 23 digs and nine assists. Two other UW players finished the match with double figure kills, including Bjorklund who matched her career-high with 15 kills and Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) who chipped in 12.

Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) dished a career-best 69 assists, while also picking up six kills and 12 digs. Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) anchored the defense with a career-best 33 digs, while Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) added 17 digs.

Washington's schedule gets no easier Saturday night when the Huskies host the No. 1-ranked USC Women of Troy. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

No. 13 Washington lost to No. 8 UCLA (Seattle, Wash.) Oct. 3, 2003

Washington (11-3, 2-3 Pac-10) lost to UCLA (12-2, 4-1 Pac-10), (27-30, 26-30, 30-26, 30-21, 22-24)

Kills: UW 81 (Tomasevic 32), UCLA 82 (Murphy 22); Assists: UW 76 (Thompson 69), UCLA 76 (McFarland 56); Service Aces: UW 6, UCLA 1; Digs: UW 115 (Lee 33), UCLA 96 (Zartman 23); Team Blocks: UW 11, UCLA 12.

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