Volleyball Clinches At Least A Share Of Pac-10 Title

Nov. 19, 2004

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BERKELEY, Calif.-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team (23-1, 15-1) clinched at least of share of the Pac-10 title this evening with a 3-1 victory over No. 14 California (15-10, 10-6 Pac-10). The conference championship marks the first in school history. Game scores were 30-21, 26-30, 30-23, 30-20.

The Huskies out hit the Golden Bears .268 to .136 and held advantages in kills (70-58), digs (74-62) and blocks (14.5-12).

Brie Hagerty led Washington's attack with 19 kills, while Kaitlin Leck and Christal Morrison each added 16 kills. Courtney Thompson paced the Husky offense with 60 assists and added 14 digs.

Candace Lee anchored the UW defense with 20 digs, while Morrison collected 15 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Darla Myhre had eight blocks for UW and Hagerty and Jessica Veris each chipped in six stuffs.

Washington went on an early 5-0 run to go up 7-3 in game one with three Cal errors and kills by Myhre and Leck. The Huskies led by five at the 10-5 and 13-8 marks before the Golden Bears pulled to within one point at 13-12. Washington called a timeout and then went on a 10-3 run, including two kills apiece by Leck and Veris to take the 23-16 lead. UW closed out the game with the final three points, including Thompson and Veris kills and a Leck service ace for the 30-21 win.

The Huskies out hit Cal .349 to .191 in the set and were led by Leck with five kills and Hagerty and Veris with four apiece.

Washington looked to have game two under control, leading by as many as six points at the 24-18 mark. California called a timeout and then proceeded to go on an 8-0 run, sparked with three kills by Angie Pressey and three UW attack errors, to take the 24-26 lead. Hagerty scored two kills for the Huskies but it wasn't enough as Cal scored four of the last five points to win 26-30 and even the match a 1-1.

California out hit UW .250 to .156 in the game and out blocked the Huskies 5-1. Pressey had five kills for the Golden Bears, while Morrison collected six for Washington.

Washington jumped out to the quick 12-4 lead in game three, aided by a 7-0 run that included four Hagerty kills. California made a comeback, pulling to within two points at the 18-16 mark to trigger a UW timeout. Washington scored the next three points with kills by Hagerty and Leck and a Lee service ace to regain the momentum and power to the 30-23 victory.

The Huskies out hit Cal .292 to .105 and received six kills apiece from Leck and Hagerty in game three.

Washington dominated game four, building a 10-point lead at 15-5 with three Hagerty kills and seven Golden Bear errors. The Huskies led by no less than seven points for the remainder of the set, cruising to the 30-21 victory.

UW out hit Cal .281 to .000 in the game and out blocked the Golden Bears 7-3. Hagerty and Morrison each had four kills in the game.

Washington holds a two-match lead in the Pac-10 standings over USC and Stanford with two matches remaining in the regular season.

The Huskies host USC and UCLA on Nov. 26 and 27 at Bank of America Arena. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.