UW Volleyball Suffers First Loss Of Season

Nov. 18, 2004

STANFORD- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team (22-1, 14-1 Pac-10) suffered its first loss of the season tonight against ninth-ranked Stanford (20-6, 12-3) in a five-game heartbreaker. Washington won the first two sets, 30-28 and 30-11 but dropped the next three games, 27-30, 32-34 and 18-20. The loss snaps Washington`s school-record of 22 straight wins.

The Huskies out hit Stanford .255 to .223 and held advantages in kills (84-75) and aces (8-5). The Cardinal held advantages in digs (84-72) and blocks (19-14.5).

Five Huskies had kills in the double-digits, headlined by freshman Christal Morrison with 22 kills. Brie Hagerty had 18 kills for UW, while Kaitlin Leck had 16. Darla Myhre added 12 kills for the Huskies and Jessica Veris collected 10.

Courtney Thompson dished 68 assists and Candace Lee anchored the UW defense with 24 digs. Morrison added 16 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani had a career-best 37 kills in the match. Kristin Richards had 10 kills for the Cardinal.

The Huskies won the first two games, 30-28 and 30-11, but Stanford pulled even with 27-30 and 32-34 wins to force a game-five tiebreaker.

The Huskies opened the fifth set scoring the first three points with kills by Veris and Morrison and a Cardinal error to trigger a Stanford timeout.

Washington pushed its lead to five points at 8-3 with three straight points, including a pair of blocks and a Thompson ace. UW edged out to the six point lead at 10-4 after a Myhre block and Morrison service ace. A Washington service error and Stanford block cut UW's lead to four at 10-6 and caused the Huskies to call a timeout.

The Cardinal closed the gap to three at 12-10 but a Stanford service error and Morrison kill gave UW match point at 14-11. Stanford scored the next two points with a Jen Hucke kill and block to force Washington to call its second timeout of the game at 14-13.

Stanford tied the score at 15-all and took match point at 15-16 with a block and Nnamani kill. Washington came back to score the next two points, including a Leck kill to take match point at 16-15. Nnamani followed with a kill but a Myhre kill gave Washington its third match point at 17-16.

The Cardinal battled, scoring the next two points with a Richards kill and UW error to take its second match point at 17-18. Hagerty responded with a kill to knot the score at 18-18 but a Washington service error gave Stanford match point at 18-19. The Cardinal completed the upset with a service ace by Hucke to seal the 18-20 victory.

The Huskies hold a two-match lead in the conference standings with three matches remaining in the regular season. Washington faces No. 14 California Friday night at 7 p.m. before returning home to host USC and UCLA on Nov. 26 and 27.