No. 1 Volleyball Wins 13th-Straight

Oct. 9, 2004

SEATTLE-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team (13-0, 5-0 Pac-10) defeated cross-state rival Washington State (3-14, 0-5 Pac-10) in straight sets this evening, 30-15, 30-17, 30-20. The Huskies packed Bank of America Arena, smashing its attendance record with 3,673 fans.

Sanja Tomasevic led Washington with 19 kills, while Christal Morrison collected 11 kills. The Huskies also received strong offensive performances from Brie Hagerty with nine kills and Courtney Thompson with 41 assists.

Candace Lee and Danka Danicic anchored Washington's defense with 15 and 13 digs, respectively.

UW had 50 kills to Washington State's 29 on the night. The Huskies outhit the Cougars .358 to .036, marking the seventh time this season Washington has held its opponents to under a .100 hitting percentage.

The Huskies jumped out the to quick 14-4 lead in game one with a 9-1 run to force a Cougar timeout. Tomasevic had four kills in the series and Darla Myhre picked up two blocks. Washington put the game away with a late five-point run to give UW the 27-11 lead. Kills by Tomasevic and Myhre lifted Washington to the 30-15 win.

Washington outhit the Cougars .333 to -.111 in the game. Tomasevic had seven kills for UW in the set, while Danicic tallied seven digs for the defense.

The Huskies used a 6-0 run in game two to take the quick 15-7 lead. Washington pushed its lead to 10 points at the 21-11 mark with kills by Hagerty and Morrison and a service ace by Candace Lee. The Huskies strung four more points together, including two kills by Jessica Veris and a Danicic ace to force a WSU timeout at 27-13. Tomasevic posted three more kills for the Huskies to close out the game, 30-17.

Washington outhit Washington State .444 to -.114 in game two. Tomasevic had six kills on 13 swings with no errors, while Morrison added five kills and Hagerty picked up four.

Washington State played Washington even in game three through the 8-8 mark. The Huskies began to pull away with a 6-2 run with two kills and a service ace by Tomasevic but the teams knotted again at 17-17. UW then went on a 10-2 run, including three more kills by Tomasevic to give UW the 27-19 edge. Washington State then made three-straight errors to give Washington the 30-20 victory.

The Huskies outhit WSU .297 to .103 in game three. Tomasevic had six kills in the game, while Morrison added four. Lee was strong on defense with nine digs in the third set.

Tonight's match was televised by FSN and will air Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Huskies return to action next week when they travel to Arizona to face UA on Oct. 11 and Arizona State on Oct. 12. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. (MT) starts.

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