National Championship: Washington 3,
National Championship: Washington 3, Nebraska 0Dec. 17, 2005
SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Washington swept top-seeded Nebraska on Saturday to win its first NCAA women's volleyball championship.
It was the sixth sweep in six tournament matches for the Huskies (32-1) and their 28th in 32 overall this season. Christal Morrison was chosen as the tournament MVP after leading Washington with 15 kills and nine digs.
The scores were 30-26, 30-25 and 30-26.
Nebraska (33-2) swept five opponents in the tournament before meeting Washington.
The Cornhuskers scored five of the first six points in the third game. They led 10-7 and 15-11 before Washington forced the first tie at 18-18 and then went ahead 20-19.
It appeared Nebraska got even at 25 on Jordan Larson's block, but she was ruled for a net violation. It gave the Huskies a 26-24 lead, and the Cornhuskers were unable to rally.
Washington set the tone in the first game.
Neither team was able to hit at better than a .087 percentage, but Washington had more production on defense. The Huskies recorded 25 digs of Nebraska kill attempts in the opening game compared to 17 for the Cornhuskers. Sanja Tomasevic, an all-tournament selection, led the Huskies with eight digs in the game and 13 for the match.
Washington, which led the nation in hitting percentage this year, managed a .237 hitting percentage compared to Nebraska's .185. The Cornhuskers' Sarah Pavan had a match-high 16 kills.
But the Huskies had 61 digs compared to 51 for Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers, who had 10 more blocks in their semifinal match than Santa Clara, could only manage one more than the Huskies.
Sanja Tomasevic, Washington
Courtney Thompson, Washington
Sarah Pavan, Nebraska
Kristen Andre, Tennessee
Jennifer Saleaumua, Nebraska
Christina Houghtelling, Nebraska
Christal Morrison, Washington
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Christal Morrison, Washington