No. 3 Stanford Volleyball Sweeps No. 2 Huskies

Nov. 24, 2006

PALO ALTO, Calif.-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team suffered its worse loss of the season Friday night vs. Stanford in a battle for the Pac-10 title. The Huskies lost the match in straight sets, marking its first loss via the sweep since the 2003 season. Game scores were 30-27, 30-15, 31-29.

The match was broadcast by FSN and will air tape-delayed on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Washington dips to 24-4 on the season and 14-3 in the Pac-10, while Stanford improves to 24-3 overall and 15-2 in the Pac-10 with one league match remaining. The Huskies will take on No. 15 California Saturday, while the Cardinal host Washington State in the Pac-10 finale.

Washington tallied season lows in hitting percentage (.093), kills (40) and assists (38) against Stanford.

Sophomore Jill Collymore came off the bench to lead Washington's offense with 11kills on 15 swings with no errors for a .733 hitting percentage. Junior All-American Christal Morrison was the only other UW player with double-figure kills, posting 10, but committed 12 of the Huskies' 26 hitting errors.

Senior All-American Courtney Thompson dished 36 assists on the night, while freshman libero Tamari Miyashiro was solid on defense with 28 digs.

Stanford jumped out to the 7-2 lead in game one but Washington used a pair of Ashley Aratani aces and a Morrison kill to go up 10-8 and trigger a Cardinal timeout. The teams exchanged points until the Huskies inched out to the 20-17 lead after a kill by Stevie Mussie and two kills by Morrison. Stanford scored the next four points to go on top 21-20 and never relinquished the lead again, rolling to the 30-27 victory.

The Cardinal handed Washington its most lopsided loss in five years with a 30-15 victory in game two. Washington's 15 points marked it fewest since dropping a 30-11 set to the Cardinal on Oct. 19, 2001. Stanford hit a scorching .517 in the game, while Washington hit .000 with 10 kills and 10 errors on 38 attacks.

Game three had nine ties as late as 29-29 before Stanford used a UW service error and a block by Bryn Kehoe and Akinradewo to clinch the 31-29 victory. The Huskies held a three-point lead as late as 21-18 but the Cardinal used a pair of kills and two Washington errors to take the lead for good.

UW closes out the regular season Saturday at California with first serve slated for 7 p.m. The match will be televised by Comcast SportsNet and will air on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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