No. 1 Volleyball Sweeps Arizona State

Oct. 16, 2004

TEMPE-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team defeated Arizona State in straight sets this evening to remain undefeated with a 14-0 record overall and a 6-0 mark in the Pac-10. ASU drops to 7-8 overall and 2-5 in conference action. Game scores were 30-26, 30-22, 30-21.

Washington had three players with kills in the double-digits, including Christal Morrison with 18 and Brie Hagerty with 17 kills. Kaitlin Leck, who filled in for the injured Sanja Tomasevic, tallied 14 kills in the winning effort. Courtney Thompson dished 52 assists on the night.

Libero Candace Lee anchored Washington's defense with 24 digs, while Morrison added 15 and Danka Danicic chipped in nine.

The Huskies outhit the Sun Devils .299 to .154 and also held advantages in kills (61 to 33) and digs (65 to 48).

Game one had 10 ties as late as 18-all with no team leading by more than three points. UW edged out to a five-point lead at the 25-20 mark with a kill by Hagerty and two kills by Leck to trigger an ASU timeout. The Huskies closed out the game with a pair of kills by Hagerty and Morrison to take the 30-26 victory.

UW outhit the Sun Devils .326 to .196 in game one and held the advantage in kills, 21 to 13. Morrison had seven kills in the game, while Leck had five.

Arizona State took the early 8-4 lead in game two before Washington went on a 6-0 run to take the 10-8 lead and force an ASU timeout. UW pushed its lead to four points at 14-10 and 15-11, only to have the Sun Devils pull to within one point at the 18-17 mark. The Huskies surged ahead with an 8-2 run, including four kills by Leck to go up by eight points at 27-19. UW closed out the game at 30-22 with kills by Leck, Hagerty and Morrison.

Washington outhit Arizona State .196 to .150 in game two and held the 18 to 10 advantage in kills. Leck led the way with seven kills, while Hagerty added five and Morrison collected four.

The Huskies jumped out the quick eight-point lead at 14-6 in game three, including four kills by Hagerty. Washington took the biggest lead of the match at 27-17 with back-to-back kills by Morrison and Leck. Morrison tallied two more kills to give Washington match-point and an ASU error gave UW the 30-21 win.

The Huskies outhit the Sun Devils .400 to .108 in game three and held the 22 to 10 advantage in kills. Hagerty had eight kills in game three, while Morrison added seven.

Washington continues its Pac-10 road trip when it faces No. 22 Arizona Saturday at 7 p.m.

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