No. 1 Volleyball Wins 16th-Striaght

Oct. 23, 2004

SEATTLE-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team (16-0, 8-0 Pac-10) swept 13th-ranked California (10-7, 5-3 Pac-10) in straight sets tonight in front of 1,922 fans at Bank of America Arena. Game scores were 30-22, 31-29, 30-20. With the win, Washington maintains its first-place standing in the Pac-10 and holds a one-match lead over Stanford.

UW out hit California .374 to .176 and out blocked the Golden Bears 12 to 4.

Brie Hagerty led Washington with 18 kills on 30 swings for a .533 hitting percentage, while Christal Morrison added 14 kills. Courtney Thompson paced the Huskies' attack with 51 assists. Three Huskies tallied digs in the double-figures, including Candace Lee with 14 and Kaitlin Leck and Morrison with 10 each. Darla Myhre dominated at the net for UW with nine blocks.

Game one was back-and-forth as the teams knotted the score 10 times through 12-all. Washington then took the slight 15-12 lead with kills by Jessica Veris and Morrison and an ace by Danka Danicic to spur a California timeout. The Golden Bears pulled to within one point of UW at 21-20 but Morrison posted back-to-back kills and a solo block to force Cal to take a timeout at 24-20. Washington built its lead to seven with kills by Veris and Morrison and a California error coming out of the timeout. UW closed out the game with two Golden Bear errors and a kill by Hagerty to win 30-22.

The Huskies out hit the Golden Bears .457 to .143 in the game but Washington's eight service errors kept the Bears within striking distance. Morrison led all players with seven kills in game one, while Veris and Hagerty each added four.

Game two opened much like game one with nine ties thru 16-all. Angie Pressey tallied seven kills for the Golden Bears in the series. The Huskies used kills by Veris and Morrison to take the 18-16 lead and prompt a California timeout. The Golden Bears came out of the break reeling off five of the next six points to take the 21-19 advantage and spark Washington's first timeout of the match. California edged out to a three-point lead at 27-24 after a block by Jenna Brown and Alicia Powers but Washington notched the next three points, including back-to-back blocks by Myhre to even the score at 27-all and force a Golden Bear timeout. Cal then posted the next two points with kills by Gabrielle Abernathy and Pressey to give the Golden Bears game point at 29-27. Washington called a timeout and proceeded to score the next four points, including two blocks by Myhre to win game two 31-29.

Washington outhit Cal .271 to .232 in game two, while improving its serving game with no errors. Morrison had six kills in the game, while Pressey had nine for Cal. Leck anchored the defense with five digs, while Myhre recorded five blocks.

The Huskies jumped out he the quick 9-3 lead in game three, aided by four Hagerty kills, to trigger a California timeout. The Golden Bears pulled to within four points at the 12-8 mark but Washington surged ahead taking a 10 point lead at 19-9 to cause a Cal timeout. UW maintained a comfortable lead over California for the remainder of the match, cruising to the 30-20 victory.

Washington outhit California .425 to .137 in game three. Hagerty tallied 11 of Washington's 19 kills in the game, while Leck and Lee each posted seven digs on defense.

'I thought we did some good things,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We passed well, and we hit the ball in. It was a pretty complete effort. I thought everyone did a nice job and it was completed start to finish except for game two. The last 10 points of game two was maybe the best volleyball that I have seen. We had good composure, and we were down and we were able to comeback and make a couple of plays. I told them to just stay on our assignments and block what you see. We kept asking our hitters what kind of set it was, asking them to identify what kind of set they needed to hit from. We picked up on their tendencies well.'

The Huskies take on No. 11 Stanford tomorrow at 7 p.m. Washington holds a one match lead over the Cardi nal in the Pac-10 standings The two teams have not met since the Huskies defeated Stanford in the NCAA Regional last season, 3-1.

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