Volleyball Wins 19th Consecutive Match

Oct. 30, 2004

EUGENE, Ore.- With the Washington football team watching from the stands, the top-ranked Washington volleyball (19-0, 11-0) team picked up its 19th win of the season with a 3-0 sweep over Oregon this evening. Game scores were 30-27, 30-19 and 30-20. Oregon dips to 9-12 overall and 1-10 in the Pac-10 with the loss.

Washington improves to 11-0 in the Pac-10, marking its most conference victories since the 1997 season when the Huskies tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 13-5 record. Washington's 19-0 start is just two matches shy of the 21 wins the 1977 UW squad posted to set the program record.

UW out hit Oregon .259 to .128 and held advantages in kills (64 to 37) and digs (84 to 58). The Ducks out blocked the Huskies 11.5 to 7.

Three Huskies notched kills in the double-figures, led by Brie Hagerty with 21 kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Christal Morrison picked up her seventh double-double of the season with 14 kills and 15 digs, while Kaitlin Leck added 12 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double in as many nights.

Courtney Thompson tallied 56 assists and added seven digs on defense. Candace Lee recorded 31 digs in the winning effort for her second 30-plus dig night in a row. Danka Danicic contributed nine digs for UW.

Washington raced out to the quick 11-6 lead in game one, aided by three kills by Hagerty to trigger an Oregon timeout. The Ducks pulled to within two points at 11-9 with back-to-back kills by Kim McNally but UW regained a six-point lead at 19-13 to force another Oregon timeout. The Huskies took their biggest lead of the match when a kill by Morrison out of the break gave UW the seven point advantage at 20-13. Oregon battled back, chipping at the Husky lead to pull to within one point at 26-25, resulting in Washington's first timeout of the match. UW scored the next two points on kills be Jessica Veris and Morrison to go up 28-25 and another kill by Morrison gave Washington game-point. Darla Myhre sealed the UW victory at 30-19 with her second kill of the match.

Oregon out hit Washington .240 to .233 in game one. Morrison led the Huskies with seven kills, while Hagerty and Veris each added four.

Washington jumped out to the 10-5 lead in game two, aided by four kills by Leck, to trigger an Oregon timeout. The Huskies surged ahead with a 5-0 run, including four Hagerty kills to result in another Duck timeout at 16-8. UW took an 11 point lead at 22-11 and again at 28-17. An Oregon attack error gave Washington game point at 29-17. The Ducks fought off two game-points with a kill by Allyson Leavitt and a Husky error but Hagerty put the game away at 30-19 with a kill.

Washington out hit Oregon .396 to .120 in game two. Hagerty had nine kills and Leck added five. Lee tallied 12 digs on defense.

Oregon took the early lead in game three at the 7-3 mark. Washington pulled even at 8-all after a Morrison ace and a Duck error. The Huskies then pulled ahead with a kill by Leck and another ace by Morrison to trigger an Oregon timeout at 10-8. Washington went on a 4-0 run to take the 10-14 lead to result in Oregon's second timeout of the game. The Huskies received three kills by Hagerty for match-point at 29-20 and a Duck error gave Washington its 19th win of the season.

Washington out hit Oregon .160 to .020 in game three. Hagerty had eight kills in the game, while Morrison added six. Lee had 13 digs on defense.

The Huskies continue Pac-10 play on the road next week when they travel to Washington State for a match on Friday, Nov. 5. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.