No. 3 Huskies Sweep Oregon

Nov. 18, 2005

SEATTLE-- The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (25-1, 16-1 Pac-10) swept Oregon (12-16, 1-15 Pac-10), 3-0, Friday night in front of 2,554 fans at Bank of America Arena. Game scores were 30-18, 30-17, 30-22.

The Huskies have not lost at home this season and have not dropped a match in Bank of America Arena since falling to USC in five games on Nov. 26, 2004. UW has won 15 consecutive home matches, including all 10 this year.

Just one night after setting the school record for career kills, senior All-American Sanja Tomasevic set the school record for career aces. She had two of Washington's eight aces tonight to bring her career total to 148, which ranks eighth on the Pac-10 all-time list.

'Last night it was the kills, tonight it was the aces,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'She is a very complete player, and she just makes an impact and makes people around her better. I'm still kind of yelling at her that we have got to make her a better blocker. She is the type of player that does everything well, she doesn't have a weakness. It is fun to watch her play.'

Tomasevic led the Huskies with 15 kills, while Christal Morrison had 13, Brie Hagerty had 10 and Alesha Deesing chipped in nine.

Courtney Thompson ran an efficient offense with 44 assists as Washington out hit Oregon .351 to .090.

Candace Lee led the UW defense with 23 digs and Deesing picked up five blocks.

Washington held advantages in every statistical category, including kills (53-33), service aces (8-1), digs (55-44) and blocks (10-6).

Washington scored seven unanswered points in game one, including two kills by Tomasevic and a kill and ace by Morrison, to take the early 13-4 lead in game one. Morrison led UW on a 7-1 run with three kills to put the Huskies up 23-10. A block by Deesing and Thompson gave Washington game point and a block by Deesing and Morrison gave UW the game one victory, 30-18.

The Huskies out hit the Ducks .364 to .128 and were led by Morrison with six kills and two aces. Tomasevic and Hagerty each had five kills in the game.

Washington raced out to the 10-1 lead in game two, aided by two aces and two kills by Tomasevic. A block by Tomasevic and back-to-back kills by Deesing put UW on top 19-10 and triggered an Oregon timeout. The Huskies strung five more pots together to take the five-point lead at 28-15 and kills by Darla Myhre and Deesing put the game away at 30-17.

The Huskies out hit Oregon .531 to .100 in the game. Deesing, Hagerty and Tomasevic each had five kills in the set

The Ducks led throughout the first half of game three before Washington was able to knot the game at 11-all after an Oregon error and a Tomasevic kill. The score was tied four more times before Washington took its first lead at 16-15 with back-to-back kills by Myhre and Tomasevic. The Huskies never trailed again, taking the five-point lead at 25-20 with two kills by Deesing and another by Morrison. Morrison and Hagerty notched back-to-back blocks to close out the match, 30-22.

UW hit just .184 in game three but held Oregon to a .044 hitting percentage. Tomasevic had five kills on 10 swings in the set, while Deesing had three blocks.

'We kind of controlled them the first two games, and I challenged them to stay connected emotionally, because you can drop off and little things can happen,' said McLaughlin. 'This game, the ebbs and flows, they are happening all of the time. We held them off and beat that team in three, it was a good win. I don't think we were sharp the entire night, but I thought we played well. We passed and we served well.'

The Huskies close out the regular season next Friday when they host Washington State at 7:30 pm. The match will be broadcast live on FSN. Washington will honor its six seniors (Danka Danicic, Brie Hagerty, Candace Lee, Darla Myhre, Sanja Tomasevic and Jessica Veris) in a pregame ceremony

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