Huskies Fall To No. 3 UCLA, 3-2

Sept. 28, 2006

LOS ANGELES-- For the second year in a row, No. 4 Washington volleyball lost a five-game heartbreaker to No. 3 UCLA, 3-2, on the road. Washington won the first two games before surrendering the next three to take its second loss of the season and its first in Pac-10 play. The loss dips the Huskies to 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10, while the Bruins improve to 16-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Game scores were 28-30, 23-30, 30-21, 31-29, 15-13.

The Huskies had deja vu Thursday night after suffering its only loss of the 2005 season at the hands of the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion, including the same game five score of 15-13.

Both team struggled with their serves all night, as Washington made 13 critical services errors and picked up just three aces and UCLA made nine service errors and had four aces.

Junior Stevie Mussie recorded a career-best 23 kills, while junior Christal Morrison added 20 kills. Junior Alesha Deesing added12 kills from the middle with a team-high .381 average.

Senior All-American Courtney Thompson dished 69 assists and collected 13 digs, while freshman libero Tamari Miyashiro led Washington's defense with 29 digs. Morrison also added 13 digs and led UW's blocking game with nine stuffs.

Katie Carter led UCLA's offense with 23 kills, while Nana Meriwether added 15 kills and 15 blocks. Jordan Smith had 23 digs for the Bruins.

The Huskies return to action Friday night when they play fifth-ranked USC across town at 7 p.m. The Women of Troy are undefeated this season with a 14-0 overall record and 3-0 mark in the Pac-10.

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