No. 3 Huskies Sweep Colorado State To Advance To Third Straight Sweet 16

Dec. 3, 2005

FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- The third-seeded Washington volleyball team (28-1) swept Colorado State (21-9) 3-0, Saturday evening at Moby Arena in the second round of the NCAA Division I Championship. Games scores were 30-21, 30-25, 30-18. With the win, Washington advances to its third consecutive round of 16 and will face 14th-seed Purdue next Friday, Dec. 9 in College Station, Texas, in a match televised by ESPNU.

'We played well and took control of the match in game two,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'CSU is a good team and we knew it would be a battle. We got into a good rhythm and made good plays, not great plays, but good plays. Game one was a dog fight, then we settled into their tendencies.'

All-Americans Christal Morrison and Sanja Tomasevic led the Huskies' offense. Morrison had a match-high 19 kills with a .484 hitting percentage, while Tomasevic added 15 kills with a .375 hitting percentage. Senior Brie Hagerty had 10 kills with a .529 clip and sophomore Alesha Deesing added six kills from the middle with a .545 average.

All-American setter Courtney Thompson piloted the Huskies to a .455 hitting percentage, while picking up 49 assists and eight digs.

All-American libero Candace Lee headlined the defense with 10 digs and Tomasevic added 10 to bring her career total to 1,175 and take over the No. 4 spot on the UW all-time career list.

Senior Darla Myhre had seven blocks on the night as Washington out-blocked the Rams 11.5 to 4.

The Huskies also held statistical advantages in kills (56-34) and digs (46-31), while out-hitting Colorado State .455 to .105.

Washington trailed CSU through the first half of game one, with the Rams taking a three point lead at the 10-7 mark. The Huskies battled back to tie the game at 12-all and used back-to-back blocks by Morrison and Myhre to take the 15-4 lead heading into the media timeout. Washington never trailed again, building a five-point lead at 23-18 with kills by Tomasevic and Morison to trigger a Ram timeout. The Huskies scored seven of the last 10 points of the set, including two kills and a block by Myhre, to win game one 30-21.

UW out-hit Colorado State .471 to .184 in the game and was led by Tomasevic and Morrison with five kills each.

Game two was tied eight times through 14-all before Washington used a block by Tomasevic and Myhre and a kill by Morrison to edge out to the 16-15 lead. CSU rattled off the next four points to go up 19-16 and took its largest lead at 21-17 to force a UW timeout. The Huskies scored the next three points out of the break, including kills by Deesing and Morrison, to pull within one point at 21-20 and trigger a Ram timeout. CSU was able to inch out to a three point lead at 23-20 but Washington used three consecutive points, including a kill by Tomasevic and two by Morrison, to take the 25-24 lead and force a Colorado State timeout. Morrison came out the break with back-to-back kills and a block with Myhre to give UW the 28-24 lead and two CSU errors gave Washington the 30-25 victory.

The Huskies out-hit Colorado State .444 to .205 in game two. Morrison led Washington with nine kills and a .467 hitting percentage, while Tomasevic had six kills and hit at a .500 clip.

UW dominated game three, racing out to a commanding 7-2 lead to result in a CSU timeout. Washington continued to push ahead, using four unanswered points, including kills by Morrison and Tomasevic and a Thompson ace to go on top 23-13. The Huskies scored seven of the last 10 points to roll to the 30-18 victory.

Washington hit .452 in the game, while the Rams hit -.081. Hagerty and Morrison each had five kills in the set, while Tomasevic anchored the defense with seven digs.

Washington has reached the regional of the NCAA Tournament six times and the regional final in 2004, 2003 and 1988. Last season, the Huskies advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history where they fell to eventual national champion Stanford in four games in the national semifinal. Tonight's victory improves Washington's all-time NCAA Tournament record to 16-9.

Washington and Purdue will meet for the first time in the postseason on Friday in the regional semifinal. UW leads Purdue 3-1 in the all-time series and won the last meeting in Seattle in 2001, 3-1.

Washington swept through the first and second rounds without dropping a game for the second time in school history. UW also swept its first and second round opponents in 2003 in Seattle (Utah, Northwestern). Twenty-four of Washington's 28 victories this season have come in three games, setting a program record for sweeps in a season. The previous record was 17 sweeps set in 2004. Washington has lost just (10) games all season.

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