No. 2 Huskies Sweep No. 4 Stanford
Nov. 3, 2005
SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (21-0, 12-0 Pac-10) defeated No. 4 Stanford (20-4, 9-3 Pac-10) in straight games Thursday night in front of 4,343 fans at Bank of America Arena. With the victory, the Huskies sweep the Cardinal in the Pac-10 series for the first time in the program's history. Game scores were 30-21, 30-26, 30-16. Tonight's match was broadcast by FSN and will air on Sunday at 1 pm.
'Stanford is a great team that is well coached,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Any time you get two wins against them in a season it is a big deal. They are a storied program and someday we hope to be like them. We are getting good at finishing out matches, but of course there are some little things that we need to adjust. We will address those things in practice and continue to get better.
'I think that we are more complete this year and I think that we have some parts that we didn't have last year. It's all about trying to get those parts to work together at the right time and being in the right place collectively. Staying focused on the right things to fix is the key and I think this team does a much better job of that.'
Washington's 21 wins is one shy of the school record. Last season, UW set records for best start and consecutive victories when it opened the season with 22 straight wins.
Tonight's sweep marks Washington's 18th of the season to tie the school record set last year. The Huskies have lost just five games all year.
Washington out hit Stanford .349 to .229 and held advantages in kills (60-41), aces (7-1), and digs (52-46). The Cardinal out blocked the Huskies 10-4.
Senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic carried the Huskies' offense tonight with a season-best 26 kills, hitting at a blistering .548 clip. Senior Brie Hagerty chipped in 11 kills and Alesha Deesing added nine.
'Sanja was awesome,' said McLaughlin. 'Courtney did a great job of getting her the ball and I thought that Courtney played awesome tonight as well. They allowed us to go one-on-one on the outside and Sanja and Courtney took advantage of it. We also passed well and that allowed us to get the ball to Sanja.'
Junior All-American setter Courtney Thompson moved into the No. 10 spot on the Pac-10 all-time assists list with 50 dishes tonight to bring her career total to 4,248.
Game one opened evenly with six ties through 8-8 but UW used an 8-1 run to take the 15-10 lead. Washington pushed its lead to eight points at the 22-14 mark after a Tomasevic kill and Danicic service ace, and cruised to the 30-21 victory.
Game one was all Tomasevic as she recorded 13 of Washington's 22 kills in the set. Deesing had four kills on five swings from the middle. The Huskies out hit the Cardinal .360 to .256 in the game.
Game two was back and forth with neither team leading by more than two points and the score knotting as late 21-21. Washington scored three quick points with a Deesing block and two Stanford errors to go up 24-21 and trigger a Cardinal timeout. Back-to-back kills by Tomasevic and another by Morrison put UW on top 27-22 and kills by Hagerty and Tomasevic closed out the game 30-26.
UW out hit Stanford .271 to .233 in game two and was led by Tomasevic with six kills.
The Huskies ran away in game three, using a .515 hitting percentage to down the Cardinal 30-16. Washington used an early 8-1 run to go up 13-4 and another 7-1 run to take the 26-13 lead. Tomasevic and Hagerty each chipped in two more kills apiece to close out the match.
Washington will take on No. 18 California Friday at 7 pm. The match is deemed Alumni Night and past UW volleyball players will be recognized between games two and three. California slipped past Washington State tonight in five games
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