Washington Volleyball Defeats No. 10 UCLA
Sept. 25, 2004
WESTWOOD, Calif.-- The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (9-0, 1-0 Pac-10) defeated 10th-ranked UCLA (7-3, 0-1 Pac-10) in a four-game match on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Huskies won the Pac-10 opener by game scores of 30-18, 24-30, 30-18, 30-22.
Team attack percentage told the story of the match, as the Huskies roared out of the gate with a .412 team attack percentage to UCLA's .128 in the opening game of the match. Washington's greatest lead of the game was at 21-9, and the Huskies never looked back from there. Darla Myhre started hot for the UW with an error-free first game as she downed five kills on eight swings for a .625 attack percentage and three block assists. UCLA's Colby Lyman was the only Bruin with comparable offensive numbers, leading the team with five kills and one error on eight attacks for a .500 attack percentage. Washington out-blocked the Bruins in the opening game by a 6.5-0 margin.
The Bruins would turn the momentum around in the second game, as Brynn Murphy tallied six kills on six attacks for a 1.000 attack percentage and two block assists for a team-high seven points. The Bruins out-blocked UW by a 5-3 margin and had a .267 team attack percentage to Washington's .191 for the 30-24 win that sent the teams to the locker room tied at one game apiece.
After the break, the Bruins came out of the locker room taking a 4-1 lead, but the Huskies would regain the advantage at 7-6 and never looked back. Sanja Tomasevic had a game-high six kills for UW as the Huskies out-blocked UCLA 5-2.5 and had a .368 team attack percentage to UCLA's .044.
It was a similar story in the deciding game of the match with Tomasevic downing nine of her match-high 27 kills while hitting .571 in the final game of the match. UCLA did out-block UW 5-3.5, but Washington hit .265 to UCLA's .098 in the 30-22 win.
For the Huskies, Christal Morrison logged 15 kills, while Myhre and Brie Hagerty each added 10 kills. Candace Lee led the defense with 21 digs, while Danka Danicic collected 17 digs and Myhre had 11 block assists.
Washington travels to USC's Lyon Center on Saturday for a 6 pm match-up against the second-ranked Women of Troy, the two-time defending NCAA Champions.