Volleyball Wins 20th Consecutive Match

Nov. 6, 2004

PULLMAN-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team (20-0, 12-0 Pac-10) went to five sets for just the third time this season, eventually defeating Washington State, 3-2. The victory marks Washington's 20th consecutive win of the season. Game scores were 30-11, 30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 15-9.

Washington out hit the Cougars .249 to .145 and held advantages in kills (80-55), assists (79-52) and digs (83-70). WSU out blocked UW 16-12.5 and had seven services aces to the Huskies' six. Washington had 14 service errors in the match.

Three Huskies had kills in the double-figures, including Christal Morrison with 26, Brie Hagerty with 19 and Kaitlin Leck with 18. Courtney Thompson dished 73 assists, while also adding 12 digs. Candace Lee anchored Washington's defense with 29 digs, while Danka Danicic had 16 digs and Morrison added 13. Darla Myhre had eight blocks for UW and Leck collected seven.

Washington dominated in game one, out hitting the Cougars .571 to -.030 en route to the 30-11 victory. The Huskies jumped out to the quick 7-1 lead after a 6-0 run that included five WSU errors. The Huskies pushed their lead to 14 points at the 19-5 mark after a 5-0 UW run that was highlighted with two kills by Morrison and a kill by Leck. Washington closed out the game, scoring the final six points of the match. UW committed just one error in the game on 28 attacks. Leck led UW with six kills on eight swings, while Morrison had five kills on seven attacks.

Game two was even thru 14-all. The Cougars edged out to the 19-15 lead with kills by Kelly Rosin and Jennifer Todd and three UW errors. The teams knotted the score at 22-22 and as late as 26-26 before Washington put the game away. The Huskies picked up the final four points of the game with a Leck kill and three WSU errors. Morrison had eight kills in the game, while Hagerty added five.

Washington State came back to take games three and four, out hitting the Huskies in both games, to force a game-five tiebreaker.

Washington raced out to the 5-0 lead in game-five, aided by three Hagerty kills. The Huskies increased that lead to eight points at the 12-4 mark, before WSU scored the next three points to force a UW timeout. The Huskies came out of the timeout with kills by Morrison and Leck and a WSU attack error to tally the 15-9 victory. Morrison and Hagerty each had four kills in the game.

Washington returns to Pac-10 action next week when it hosts Arizona and Arizona State.