Volleyball Extends Win Streak To 12 Matches

Oct. 3, 2004

SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (12-0, 4-0 Pac-10) extended its win streak to 12 matches with a 3-0 sweep over visiting Oregon State, 30-19, 30-24, 30-22. The victory improves Washington's conference record to 4-0, marking its best Pac-10 start in program history. OSU dips to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10.

Washington outhit the Beavers .344 to .109 and held the advantage in kills (58 to 37), blocks (10 to 6) and digs (63 to 48).

Three players tallied double-figure kills for the Huskies. Freshman Christal Morrison led all players with 16 kills, while Sanja Tomasevic recorded 14 kills and Brie Hagerty added 13. Setter Courtney Thompson paced the offense with 47 assists.

Tomasevic anchored the Husky defense with 19 digs, while Morrison and Candace Lee each chipped in 13. Jessica Veris and Hagerty each had five blocks on the night.

'Overall, I think we played pretty well tonight,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin.'We served and passed well from the start, which was where we had some problems against Oregon. We had a glitch in the third game when we fell behind, but we were able to recover to pick up the win. Sanja played well tonight and Christal and Brie also did a nice job. As a team, I think everyone played well and I was pleased with our play for the most part. We are going to give the girls some rest so they can some out and play well next week at home.'

Washington used a 6-0 run in game one to jump out to the 7-2 lead. The Huskies pushed their lead to nine points at the 16-7 mark, aided by a 5-0 spurt that included two blocks by Hagerty and a kill by Morrison. UW led by as many as 11 points at 22-11 and closed out the game with three straight points on a Hagerty kill, a Thompson and Veris block and a Beaver error.

The Huskies outhit OSU .353 to .074 in the game and notched five blocks.

Game two was tied as late as 10-10 before Washington began to slowly pull away. The Huskies built a five-point lead at 21-16, only to see the Beavers cut the lead to three at 23-20. UW then scored the next four points on kills by Hagerty and Morrison, an ace by Danka Danicic and a block by Tomasevic and Veris. The 4-0 surge forced an OSU timeout but the Beavers could not slow the Husky attack. Tomasevic picked up two more kills to give UW game-point and Morrison logged her fifth kill of the game to give Washington the 30-24 win.

The Huskies outhit the Beavers .405 to .237 in game two.

Oregon State showed some fight in game three. After falling behind 18-11, OSU chipped at Washington's lead to pull to within three points at 21-18 to force the Huskies' first timeout of the match. UW came out of the break and gave up a service error to bring Oregon State to within two points at 21-19 but the Beavers would get no closer. Washington scored the next three points on kills by Veris, Tomasevic and Morrison to make the score 24-19 and trigger an Oregon State timeout. The Huskies closed out the match with a kill by Morrison and two kills by Hagerty.

Washington outhit Oregon State .288 to .044 in game three and held the advantage in kills, 23 to 8.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 action next week when they host Washington State on Oct. 8. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the match will air tape-delayed on FSN on Saturday.

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