No. 2 Volleyball Out Lasts No. 9 Arizona

Oct. 27, 2005

TUCSON, Ariz.-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team won its 19th match in a row this evening against ninth-ranked Arizona to preserve its undefeated record and improve to 10-0 in the Pac-10. The Huskies won the match in five games (30-19, 29-31, 30-21, 32-34, 18-16), marking just the third match this season that UW has not swept its opponent. Arizona, who suffers its first loss at home this season, dips to 15-4 overall and 7-3 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies out hit the Wildcats .234 to .189 and the teams were even in kills with 77 apiece. Washington out served UA with nine aces to five, while Arizona out dug (90-81) and out blocked (17-9.5) UW.

Washington was led by senior Brie Hagerty with 20 kills, while Christal Morrison added 18 and Sanja Tomasevic had 16. Sophomore Alesha Deesing showed why she has the third best hitting percentage in the nation , hitting at a .464 clip tonight with 15 kills on 28 swings with just two errors.

Junior Courtney Thompson paced the UW offense with 65 assists, while also chipping in 12 digs and a pair of aces.

Senior Candace Lee anchored the defense with 28 digs, while Morrison had 15 and Tomasevic had 12. Darla Myhre contributed with eight kills and seven blocks.

The Huskies rolled past Arizona in game one, building a seven point lead at 17-10. Washington strung six points together late to go on top 24-15 and cruise to the 30-19 victory.

Arizona came back in game two, taking a five point lead at 13-8. Washington chipped at the lead to pull within one point at 15-14 but the Wildcats pulled away to lead by as many as five at 23-18. The Huskies battled back, knotting the score at 28-all on a Deesing and Thompson block. An Arizona error gave Washington game point at 29-28 but a Wildcat kill and two UW attack errors gave the Wildcats the 31-29 win.

Washington took control early in game three, scoring the first four points and taking the 7-1 lead. The Wildcats pulled to within one point at the 17-16 and 20-19 marks before the Huskies rattled off seven straight points to take the 27-19 advantage. Kills by Tomasevic and Hagerty put the game away at 30-21.

Arizona led most of game four, building a seven point lead at the 28-21 mark. Washington came back, going on an 8-1 run to tie the score at 29-all. The Huskies fought off three game points before finally succumbing to Arizona 34-23 to force a fifth game tie-breaker.

The teams swapped points to open game five with seven tie scores through 7-all. Arizona edged ahead with three straight points to trigger a Washington timeout. Morrison scored the next two points and a UA error tied the score again at 10-all. The score was tied at 11, 12, 13 and 14, before an Arizona error gave Washington match point at 15-14. Jennifer Abernathy scored a kill to knot the score at 15-all and a UW hitting error gave UA match point at 16-15. Deesing put the next ball down to tie the score at 16-all and a Morrison kill gave the Huskies match point. A ball handling error by Amy Dyck gave Washington the 18-16 victory.

The Huskies look for their 20th straight victory Friday night when they take on Arizona State at 7 pm.

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