No. 2 Volleyball Defeats No. 18 California In Five Games

Nov. 4, 2005

Box Score

SEATTLE-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (22-0, 13-0 Pac-10) won its 22nd match in a row this evening with a 3-2 victory over No. 18 California (15-7, 8-5 Pac-10) in front of 3,944 fans at Bank of America Arena. The 22 wins tie the program record for best start and consecutive victories set last season. Game scores were 30-24, 24-30, 30-25, 27-30, 15-7.

The match marks just the fourth for Washington this season to go beyond three games and the second five-game barnburner against the Golden Bears. Cal is the first team to take a game off the Huskies at home this season.

'It is a battle every time we play and they always play well against us, but we have been good at crunch time against them,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'It was an exciting match, and a great win for us. They came ready to go, they were fired up for us. We need to expect that. In game five we turned it up and it was awesome.'

The Huskies were playing without sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing who suffered a sprained foot after last night's match. Deesing, who leads the Pac-10 and ranks second nationally with a .460 hitting percentage, is listed as day-to-day.

All-Americans Christal Morrison and Sanja Tomasevic led Washington's attack this evening with 24 and 23 kills, respectively, while Brie Hagerty chipped in 17 kills.

Junior Courtney Thompson dished 71 assists to take over the No. 8 spot on the Pac-10 all-time list (4,319) and recorded 11 digs.

Senior libero Candace Lee anchored Washington's defense with 21 digs and Danka Danicic pitched in 18.

Freshman Jessica Swarbrick, who got the start in place of Deesing, had six kills and six blocks.

Washington never trailed in game one, building a five-point lead at 10-5 after three straight kills by Tomasevic, Darla Myhre and Morrison to trigger a Cal timeout. The Huskies maintained a three-point buffer or better for the remainder of the game, cruising to the 30-24 victory.

The Huskies hit .326 in the game, while Cal hit .167. Tomasevic led all players with six kills, while Hagerty and Morrison each chipped in five.

The Golden Bears led throughout game two, taking its biggest lead at 22-18 and rolling to the 30-25 win. Washington hit just .085 in the set with 12 errors, while Cal hit .263 with just five miscues. Tomasevic had seven kills in the game.

The score was tied as late as 11-all in game three before UW went on a 7-1 run, which included four Morrison kills and an ace by Ashley Aratani, to go up 18-13. The Golden Bears chipped at Washington's lead and pulled even at 22-all. The Huskies then went on a 6-1 run, punctuated with a kill and block by Swarbrick, to take the 28-23 advantage. A California error and Tomasevic kill gave Washington the 30-25 victory.

The Huskies out hit Cal .239 to .196 in game three and were led by Morrison with eight kills.

Washington led by five points in game four at 18-13 but California scored seven unanswered points to take the 20-18 lead. The score tied seven more times as late as 27-all but three straight Golden Bear points gave Cal the 30-27 win to force the game-five tiebreaker.

UW out hit California .293 to .222 and was led by Hagerty with seven kills and Morrison with six.

The Huskies scored the first three points of game five and back-to-back kills by Morrison and Myhre gave UW the 7-3 lead to trigger a Cal timeout. Washington then went on a 6-2 run, including a Morrison kill and two aces to go up 13-5. The Huskies put the game away at 15-7 with kills by Myhre and Tomasevic.

Washington hit .467 in game five, while Cal hit .250. Tomasevic had three kills in the set and Morrison and Myhre had two each.

Washington holds a three-match lead in the Pac-10 standings with five matches remaining in the regular season. Washington is seeking its second-ever Pac-10 Championship after winning the title last season.

Washington returns to action next week when it takes on USC and UCLA, Nov. 11-12.

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