No. 1 Washington Needs Five Games to Get By Cougs
Nov. 5, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The No. 1 University of Washington volleyball team needed all five games to put away its cross-state rival Washington State Friday night before 1,011 fans at Bohler Gym. The Huskies won the two-hour and 11-minute match 30-11, 30-27, 26-30, 27-30, 15-9.
Washington remains undefeated at 20-0 overall, 12-0 in Pac-10 play. WSU falls to 4-21 overall, 1-11 in conference action.
"At this point in the season we don't have many wins so were taking the position of playing a little more renegade style and try to be the spoiler in some cases," WSU first-year Head coach Brian Heffernan said. "After game one we could have packed it in and they just found a way. I see this as a launching point for us to build on and move forward. I said I don't care if we don't win another match this season but if we play that way that's very pleasing to everybody who watched the match."
UW's freshman outside hitter Christal Morrison led all players with 26 kills and a .367 hitting percentage. Brie Hagerty and Kaitlin Leck combined for another 37 kills. Candace Lee had a match-high 29 digs and Darla Myrhe had eight blocks. Setter Courtney Thompson added 73 assists and three aces.
Jennifer Todd and Jen Barcus combined for 33 kills and 15 blocks to lead WSU. Kelly Rosin added 12 kills and led the team with 18 digs. Jessie Camp and Alison Billingsley each had 17 digs while Nicole Martin had 50 assists. Todd and Stacey Holbrook each contributed three aces.
Washington hit .249 for the match with 80 kills, but held WSU to .145 with only 55 kills. But the Cougars out-blocked the Huskies 16 to 12.5.
"We're definitely not satisfied," Todd said. "We did do a great job and we did come out and competed like we should have but it was a loss and we can't be satisfied with that."
Barcus added, "I think this is the closest our team has been on the floor this year. We had a really good time playing as a team tonight."
"I really want to give my recognition to Jen Barcus," Heffernan said. "I think she had her best night of the year. She hit .324 against the best team in the country. She did it by what I would call just using good volleyball IQ. The other two people I want to recognize are Stacey Holbrook and Alison Billingsley. In the beginning of the year in a three-game match we were making 12-14 serve receive errors. Tonight in a five-game match we made six and I really think the two people who continue to come up big are our seniors."
WSU hosts Arizona State next Thursday night and No. 23 Arizona Friday night in 7 p.m. matches at Bohler Gym.
Washington State (4-21, 1-11) 11 27 30 30 9 No. 1 Washington (20-0, 12-0) 30 30 26 27 15 STATISTICS: KILLS - WSU 55 (Todd 19), UW 80 (Morrison 26) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .145, UW .249 ASSISTS - WSU 52 (Martin 50), UW 79 (Thompson 73) DIGS - WSU 70 (Rosin 18), UW 83 (Lee 29) BLOCKS - WSU 16 (Barcus 8), UW 12.5 (Myhre 8) SERVICE ACES - WSU 7 (Todd, Holbrook 3 each), UW 6 (Thompson 3) Attendance: 1,011.
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