No. 5 Volleyball Sweeps Gonzaga, 3-0
Sept. 9, 2006
SEATTLE-- Senior All-American Courtney Thompson led a balance attack for the fifth-ranked Washington volleyball team Saturday, leading four players to kills in the double figures with a team .425 hitting percentage en route to a sweep over Gonzaga to close out the Husky Classic. Game scores were 30-22, 30-18, 30-21.
The win marks the 20th consecutive home match victory for the Huskies, who haven't lost in Bank of America since the 2004 season. The 20-match home win streak is a program record.
Junior All-American Christal Morrison headlined the UW hitters, pounding 17 kills on 30 swings with a .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore Jill Collymore fell one kill shy of a career record with 12 put aways, while middle blockers Alesha Deesing and Jessica Swarbrick combined for 21 kills on 31 attempts. Thompson had 51 assists.
Washington's offense fired on all cylinders Saturday night as the team tallied season-bests for three-game matches in kills (59) and points (73.5). The .425 hitting percentage is the second-best clip for the Dawgs this year after leading the nation in hitting percentage in 2005 (.338).
The Huskies' defense was also on target as UW held advantages in digs (35-26) and blocks (8.5-4). Freshman Tamari Miiyashiro anchored the Washington defense with 10 digs, while Thompson and Morrison each chipped in six digs.
Washington raced out of the gates in game one, taking the 11-4 lead after Stevie Mussie put down the Huskies' third service ace of the match. UW used a late 5-0 run to go up 27-18 and Mussie accounted for four of Washington's final five points to take game one, 30-22.
The Dawgs held the narrow .375-.333 lead in hitting percentage but took advantage of five service aces and a pair of ball handling errors to earn the win in game one. Mussie lead all players with six kills in the set.
The Huskies started off fast in game two as well, building a 10-5 lead after back-to-back kills by Collymore and kills by Deesing and Janine Sandell. Gonzaga called a timeout but could not slow the Washington offense as it led by at least five points throughout the remainder of the set. The Huskies closed out the game with six consecutive points, including two put aways by Swarbrick, to win 30-18.
Washington out-hit Gonzaga .447-.150 in game two and was led by Morrison with eight kills.
Game three opened evenly with nine ties through 12-12. Washington then went on a 6-0 run, sparked by a pair of Collymore kills, to take the 18-12 lead and cruise to the 30-21 win.
UW out-hit the Bulldogs .444-.212 in game three and was led by Deesing and Collymore with five kills apiece.
Becky Perry led Gonzaga's attack, recording 17 of its 35 kills, while Tianna Tuatagaloa added six kills.
The Huskies finished the Husky Classic with a 4-0 record and won all four contests by 3-0 scores. Washington returns to the court next week when it travels to Fresno, Calif. to take on Fresno State on Sept. 14 and UC Davis on Sept. 15 in its final weekend of preparation before the Pac-10 season gets underway. UW makes its Pac-10 debut on Sept. 21 when it hosts California at 7 p.m.
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