Volleyball Defeats Liberty, 3-0, To Sweep Tournament Play

Sept. 1, 2006

DAVIDSON, N.C.-- Junior All-American Christal Morrison posted 14 kills on 27 swings Friday night to lead the third-ranked Washington volleyball team (4-1) to the 3-0 victory over Liberty to close out tournament action at the Davidson College Mizuno Wildcat Classic. Game scores were 30-13, 30-17, 30-17.

Morrison was one of five Huskies to hit at a .400 clip or better as Courtney Thompson paced Washington to a .430 hitting percentage and picked up 46 assists. UW's defense, meanwhile, held the Flames to a .125 hitting percentage as it out-dug (44-28) and out-blocked Liberty (6.5-2).

Stevie Mussie joined Morrison with a double-figure kill night with 13 put aways, while Janine Sandell tallied nine kills on 15 swings and Jessica Swarbrick collected seven kills on 10 hits. Tamari Miyashiro led the defense with 10 digs, while recording four of Washington's 12 service aces.

Game one was tied five times through 6-6 before Washington went on a 9-1 run that included a pair of Swarbrick kills and six Liberty miscues to give the Huskies the 15-7 lead. UW went up by double digits at 18-8 and rolled to the 30-13 victory.

The Huskies out-hit Liberty .500-.034 in the set, led by Mussie with seven kills.

Washington never trailed in game two, and pushed out to the 22-13 lead to force a Liberty timeout. The Flames could not slow the Huskies' offense, however, as three Mussie kills and two put aways by Morrison lifted UW to the 30-17 win.

Washington out-hit Liberty .462-.290 in game two and was led by Morrison with eight kills and two aces.

The Huskies raced out to the 9-2 lead in game two with a pair of Miyashiro aces and two kills apiece by Morrison and Jill Collymore to trigger a Flame timeout. UW went on a 7-1 run, which included a kill and an ace by Sandell to go up 17-6 and cruised to the eventual 30-17 victory.

Washington out-hit Liberty .333-.036 in game three and was led by Collymore with five kills.

The Huskies return to Seattle for their home-opener next week when they kick-off the Husky Classic vs. Portland State on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Five teams will compete in the 11-match, three-day tournament, including North Dakota State, UMBC and Gonzaga.

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