Washington Volleyball Falls To California, 3-2

Oct. 24, 2003

SEATTLE-- The 10th-ranked Washington volleyball team (15-5, 6-5 Pac-10) held advantages in nearly every statistical category but could not pull out a victory tonight against seventh-ranked California (18-2, 9-2 Pac-10). Game scores were 30-16, 26-30, 20-30, 33-31, 11-15.

The Huskies opened the match strong, handing California its worse single-game loss of the season, 30-16. The Golden Bears hit .037 in the opener, collecting just five kills as a team. Washington tallied 18 kills in Game One, led by Sanja Tomasevic (Uzice, Yugoslavia) and Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) with five kills each.

Washington jumped out to the early 7-3 lead in Game Two but Cal pulled even at 8-all. The Huskies went up 10-9 on kills by Darla Myhre (Victoria, British Columbia) and Tomasevic but it would be their last lead of the game as the Bears built a five point lead at 17-12 and never looked back. Cal's Jenna Brown and Mia Jerkov each posted five kills in the game en route to the 30-26 victory.

California continued its success in Game Three, powering to the 30-20 win behind a .361 hitting percentage. Brown added five more kills in the game, while Amanda Fox and Camille Leffall each chipped in four kills. Washington hit just .150 with eight attack errors and four service errors.

The Huskies regained their composure in Game Four, forcing a tie-breaker with the 33-31 win. The game saw neither team lead by more than three points and included five lead changes and 16 tie scores. Tomasevic hit .583 in the game and logged eight kills to lead Washington, while UW out dug the Bears 23 to 16. Candace Lee (Eugene, Ore.) and Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.) picked up six digs apiece in the game that was knotted as late as 31-all. A kill by Bjorklund and a California error forced Game Five.

Game five was neck-in-neck through 7-all before Cal went on a 5-0 run to eventually pull away with the victory. Jerkov had six kills in the game decider, while Washington had just five team kills.

Five Huskies finished the match with double-figure kills for the second time in as many nights. Tomasevic led the way with 21 kills, while picking up her ninth double-double of the season with 13 digs. She also added six aces, topping her career-best of five aces earlier this season.

Kaitlin Leck (Carson City, Nev.) tallied 14 kills for UW, while Brie Hagerty (Defiance, Ohio) added 13, Bjorklund chipped in 12 and Myhre had 10.

Lee anchored the defense with 26 digs, while Thompson recorded 12 digs and 68 assists on the night.

Jerkov posted 23 kills and 14 digs to lead California.

Washington returns to action next week when it travels to California to take on top-ranked USC and ninth-ranked UCLA on Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

Tonight's match will be televised tomorrow at 1 p.m. and next Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. on Fox.

No. 10 Washington lost to No. 7 California (Seattle, Wash.) Oct. 24, 2003

Washington (15-5, 6-5 Pac-10) lost to California (18-2, 9-2 Pac-10), (30-16, 26-30, 20-30, 33-31, 11-15)
Kills: UW 77 (Tomasevic 21), Cal 71 (Jerkov 23); Assists: UW 75 (Thompson 68), Cal 68 (Carter 60); Service Aces: UW 8, Cal 6; Digs: UW 74, Cal 67; Team Blocks: UW 10, Cal 10.

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