Huskies Come from Behind to Defeat Cal
BERKELEY, Calif.-- The second-ranked Washington volleyball team fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 13 California (11-3, 4-1 Pac-10) at the Haas Pavillion Friday night. The victory preserved Washington's 13-0 record (4-0 Pac-10), while its school-record 36 game win streak came to an end with a loss in game one. Game scores were 26-30, 30-28, 27-30, 30-20, 15-10. The match had 33 tie scores and 11 lead changes.
The Huskies, who lead the nation with a .423 hitting percentage, hit just .185 against the Golden Bears but it was enough as the UW defense held Cal to a .176 clip. Washington held advantages in kills (79-64) and digs (101-94), while California out blocked the Huskies 21-17.5.
Washington's power trio of outside hitters again led the offensive assault this evening. Senior Sanja Tomasevic led the team with 25 kills, while senior Brie Hagerty matched her career-high with 23 kills. Christal Morrison added 17 kills in the UW victory.
Junior setter Courtney Thompson kept the Golden Bear blockers guessing as she dished 69 assists with nearly identical attempts by the power three. She also picked up 20 digs on defense.
Senior Candace Lee anchored the defensive stand with 27 digs, while Alesha Deesing and Darla Myhre had nine and eight blocks, respectively.
Washington will take on No. 3 Stanford (16-1, 5-0 Pac-10) tomorrow night in a rematch of last year's national semifinal. The match will determine who sits atop the Pac-10 standings as the teams are the only two left in the Pac-10 with perfect records.
-- Courtesy Washington