The second-ranked Washington volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night, falling to No. 21 UCLA 34-32, 30-27...
LOS ANGELES — The second-ranked Washington volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night, falling to No. 21 UCLA 34-32, 30-27, 28-30, 25-30, 15-13.
The loss snapped the Huskies’ school-record 23-match winning streak and marked Washington’s first Pac-10 loss since falling to USC in five games on Nov. 26, 2004.
Washington moved to 23-1 overall and 14-1 in the Pac-10, while UCLA improved to 16-8 overall and 7-6 in conference play.
The emotional win was the 1,000th of UCLA coach Andy Banachowski’s career. He has coached the Bruins for 39 seasons.
UCLA outhit the Huskies .248 to .223 and outblocked UW 21-13. The teams were even in kills (87-87) and digs (87-87).
Senior Sanja Tomasevic led Washington with 31 kills, falling one short of her career high set against the Bruins in 2003. She narrowly missed a triple-double with 21 digs and eight blocks. Sophomore Christal Morrison had a double-double with 20 kills and 15 digs, and senior Brie Hagerty added 14 kills.
Junior Courtney Thompson tied her season high with 71 assists and added nine digs. Senior Candace Lee anchored the defensive effort with 27 digs.
Washington holds a two-match lead in the Pac-10 standings with three matches to go in the regular season. The Huskies are seeking their second conference crown after winning their first Pac-10 title last year. The Huskies host Oregon on Thursday and Oregon State on Friday, then close out the season with a home match against Washington State on Nov. 25.
At Humboldt State 3, Seattle U. 0
Seattle U. senior Maggie Safranski became just the 15th player in NCAA Division II history to reach 2,000 career digs, but the Redhawks (17-12, 14-4 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) lost their regular-season finale.
Seattle Pacific 3, at Northwest Nazarene 0
Alyssa Given had a match-high 12 kills as SPU (22-5, 16-2) swept Northwest Nazarene to win at least a share of the GNAC championship and secure the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II tournament with a 30-27, 30-17, 30-23 victory.
At USC 3, Washington State 0
The 15th-ranked Trojans (14-8, 10-4 Pac-10) swept Washington State (8-20, 1-14) 30-22, 30-28, 30-25.
La Verne 3, at Whitworth 0
Briana Gonzales came off of the bench to lead a trio of La Verne players in kills with 12 and lead the Leopards past Whitworth (22-4) 30-25, 30-26, 31-29 in the West Region final of the NCAA Division III tournament.
At San Francisco 3, Gonzaga 1
Becky Jones hammered home a match-high 26 kills and moved into seventh place on the Gonzaga (10-19, 2-10 West Coast Conference) single-season kills list, but it was not enough to overcome a balanced San Francisco attack as the Dons won 30-26, 30-19, 25-30, 30-21.