The Washington volleyball team dramatically earned a ticket to uncharted territory tonight by winning a berth in the NCAA Final Four with a five-game victory over UCLA.

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The Washington volleyball team dramatically earned a ticket to uncharted territory tonight by winning a berth in the NCAA Final Four with a five-game victory over UCLA.

The Huskies’ historic triumph in the West Regional didn’t come easily.

The Huskies had the fourth game under control with a 12-3 lead then lost 30-24. They recovered to win the fifth game 15-9 after trailing 8-6.

The team celebrated with wild hugs on the court then burst into the stands and circled the Hec Edmundson Pavilion to thank the cheering crowd of 4,532.

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“We’re going to the Final Four and we’ve got two more to go,” said sophomore setter Courtney Thompson. “We’re not done yet. . . . I’m tired, I’m excited. I can’t contain myself.”

The final score was 27-30, 30-19, 30-28, 24-30, 15-9.

The Huskies trailed 8-6 in the final game then outscored the Bruins 7-1, with Brie Haggerty contributing three kills. The match-winning point was a kill by West Regional MVP Sanja Tomasevic but it was a long time coming as Bruin libero Chrissie McFarland made two spectacular saves.

Tomasevic led the Huskies with 24 kills last night and also had 27 digs. Hagerty had 24 kills and Candace Lee made 40 digs and Thompson had 21 to go along with her 67 assists.

Both teams played strong defense and the Huskies had 127 digs and the Bruins 109, both eye-popping totals.