#2 Washington Ends Stanford's 15-Match Winning Streak

Oct. 8, 2005

Stanford, Ca - The Stanford women's volleyball winning streak has ended at 15 matches.

The powerful second-ranked and unbeaten Washington Huskies came into Maples Pavilion on Saturday night, and before a crowd of 4,712 fans, ended the Cardinal winning streak with a 30-24, 30-28, 30-32, 30-15 decision.

Christal Morrison collected a match-high 26 kills (.550) and Sanja Tomasevic added 20 kills (.333) to lead the Huskies attack. Washington, 14-0 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10, hit .355 compared to .247 for Stanford. Three Stanford players hit in double-figures led by Foluke Akinradewo with 20 kills, Cynthia Barboza with 19 and Kristin Richards with 14.

Both teams fought hard in game one and with the game tied at 8-8, Stanford scored three points to take an 11-8 lead forcing the Huskies to call a timeout. The Cardinal upped its margin to four points at 16-12, but Washington then scored four straight points to tie the game. Stanford again took a one point lead at 17-16 on a kill by freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza. But then Washington tied the game and took control the rest of the way at 22-19. Two more points gave the Huskies a 24-19 advantage, and the Huskies maintained the lead at 27-22. A hitting error by Stanford gave Washington a 29-23 lead, and UW ended game one (30-24) on a kill by Christal Morrison. Washington hit .389 compared to Stanford's .250. Sanja Tomasevic led the UW attack in game one with six kills while Alesha Deesing and Brie Hagerty added four kills apiece.

Again in game two, both teams competed like heavyweight champions. With the score tied at 7-7, Washington put together a string of four straight points, and led until Stanford tied the game at 24-24. Then things got really interesting as both teams refused to fold. Neither team could gain more than a one point advantage. But with the game tied at 28-28, an attack error by Stanford and a kill by Sanja Tomasevic gave the Huskies a 30-28 game two victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Stanford averted match point in game three. With Stanford down 28-29, Washington had numerous opportunities to close out the match but the Cardinal defense dug out numerous hitting attempts by the second-ranked Huskies. Washington jumped to a 12-7 advantage in the game, and continued to lead until Stanford tied the game at 21-21. Stanford took its first lead of the game at 22-21 on an attack error by Washington. Then with the score tied at 23-23, Stanford scored three straight points to take a 26-23 lead. Stanford took a 28-25 lead, but the Huskies then tied the game at 28-28. An attack error by Stanford gave Washington a 29-28 lead. Washington had numerous opportunities to end the match, but Stanford's defense refused to fold time after time. Finally, Washington committed an attack error to tie the game at 29-29. A Nji Nnamani kill gave Stanford a 30-29 lead, but back came Washington on a kill by Brie Hagerty to tie the game at 30-30. However, a Cynthia Barboza kill and a bad set by Washington gave Stanford game three (32-30).

In game four, Stanford never led. The Huskies jumped to a 13-5 lead, and expanded the lead to nine points at 18-9. Then the lead grew to ten points at 24-14, and Washington continued to dominate until the end.

Stanford (16-2 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) 24 28 32 15
Washington (14-0 overall, 5-0 Pac-10) 30 30 30 30

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