Volleyball Heads Home For Pair Of Pac-10 Matches

Nov. 6, 2001

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Last Week:
11/2 at # 5 USC* L, 0-3
11/3 at #8 UCLA* L, 2-3

This Week:
11/9 Arizona* (FOX) 7:00 PM
11/10 Arizona State* 7:00 PM

Next Week:
11/16 Washington St.* (FOX NW) 7:00 PM

The Home Stretch: After dropping a pair of matches in its final Pac-10 road trip of the year, the Washington volleyball team returns home for three straight conference matches.

The Huskies play host to fourth-ranked Arizona, a team which has won its last eight matches, and Arizona State at Bank of America Arena this weekend.

See Us On TV: If you're looking to see a Husky home match without leaving your home, Fox Sports and the Pac-10 have made it all possible. Washington's match with Arizona on Friday, Nov. 9, in Seattle will be televised by Fox Sports Net (national) on a tape-delay basis. The team's Nov. 16 meeting with Washington State also will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest.

Fox Sports Net will televise eight other Pac-10 women's volleyball matches in 2001, all of which are scheduled to air on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. from Sept. 22-Nov. 17.

In The Books: With their UW careers coming to a close, all three seniors, Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.), Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) and Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) have entered the Husky record books in at least two categories.

Richardson made her way into the ranks in both categories last weekend, as her 85 career aces and 2,489 career attempts both rank 10th all-time. In addition, Richardson is now just 49 kills short of reaching the 1,000-kill plateau. Should she reach the milestone mark, the senior co-captain will become just the ninth Husky to do so and the second this season, joining Underhill. Richardson also is just one kill short of reaching the top 10 in career kills, behind Genne Terry, who had 952 kills from (1982-86).

Churnside, who already is sixth in career assists with 1,904, tallied 24 digs last weekend to leap frog from 11th to 8th in career digs with 805. Underhill appears in the most categories of any of this year's seniors, ranking eighth in kills (1,072), second in hitting percentage (.297) and third in both block assists (357) and total blocks (401).

UW CAREER KILLS TOP 10
1. 1,676 Angela Bransom (1993-96)
2. 1,580 Laurie Wetzel (1985-88)
3. 1,305 Dragana Djordjevic (1991-95)
4. 1,253 Kristina Laffling (1996-1999)
5. 1,240 Makare Desilets (1994-97)
6. 1,146 Leslie Tuiasosopo (1995-98)
7. 1,097 Lisa McCammond (1986-89)
8. 1,072 Lisa Underhill (1998- )
9. 993 Kayley Grim (1986-89)
10. 952 Genne Terry (1982-86)
- 951 Allison Richardson (1998- )

20-20: For the third time this season, two Husky players recorded 20 kills or more in a match, as Allison Richardson posted a career-best 28 kills and junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) had a season-high 20 kills in the team's five-game battle with UCLA. Richardson has also combined with another teammate, Lisa Underhill, to reach the 20-kill plateau on the same night, versus both Oregon State (Oct. 26) and Stanford (Sept. 21).

A year ago, two UW players reached the 20-kill mark in the same match only once, when Richardson had 24 kills and Benjamin tallied 21 versus Stanford on November 2.

Allison Again: With another outstanding performance versus UCLA, senior Allison Richardson continues to impress.

Richardson had a career-best 28 kills in the team's five-game loss to UCLA, the most by a Washington player since former standout Kristina Laffling also tallied 28 versus Wisconsin in 1999. The 28 kills also are the second-most by a player in the Pac-10 this season, trailing only UCLA All American Kristee Porter (30) and tying Stanford All-American Logan Tom (28).

For the season, the team co-captain has a team-best 12 double-doubles, while leading the Huskies in kills in 14 of 24 matches.

Injury Report: The Huskies will once again be without the services of outside hitter Vanessa Gilliam (Fairfield, Calif.) this weekend. Gilliam, who is doubtful for the rest of the 2001 season, broke her left hand while blocking in the team's match at Stanford, October 19.

Prior to her injury, Gilliam had played in all but one of the team's matches, starting 14 times. The 6-2 freshman averaged 2.41 kills per game and 1.34 digs per game, while playing an integral role in the team's starting rotation.

With the injury, the Huskies are down to just 11 players on their active roster. UW freshman Patricia DeCiman (Regina, Saskatchewan) and sophomore Egan Metcalf (Kenmore, Wash.) are both red-shirting the season. Red-shirt freshman Alexis McDonald (Long Beach, Calif.), meanwhile, had been injured for most of the year, before suiting up two weeks ago.

Within The Ranks: Three Washington players once again rank within the top 10 of several categories in the conference's most recent leader charts. Junior setter Gretchen Maurer's (San Clemente, Calif.) 12.53 assists per game is third-best in the Pac-10, while senior Lisa Underhill is fifth in hitting percentage (.362) and sixth in blocks per game (1.17). Senior Allison Richardson appears in three categories, including kills (third), digs (seventh) and points (third).

The points category is a new feature which came about this season as a result of the rally-only scoring format. Points are calculated by adding player kills, aces, block solos and half of their block assists.

Pac-10 Power: Of Washington's 13 losses this season, eight have come against teams currently ranked in the top 25, while four others have been versus teams that have received votes in the national poll sometime this season.

For the fifth straight week, the Pac-10 has four schools ranked in the top 11 including No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 USC and No. 11 UCLA. The Pac-10's four ranked teams are rivaled only by the Big Ten and Big 12 Conference, which each have four schools in the top 25.

Scouting Arizona: After dropping its only three matches of the season to UCLA, USC and Stanford, fourth-ranked Arizona will bring a eight-match win streak to Bank of America Arena Friday. Included in that streak is a close five-game win over the Huskies back on October 13.

Under head coach David Rubio, juniors Shannon Torregrosa (4.05 k/g) and Lisa Rutledge (4.39 k/g) have been the team's most potent offensive weapons, while 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year setter Dana Burkholder averages 12.08 assists per game. Stefani Saragrosa averages over a block a game for the Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago.

Washington, which last beat Arizona in 1997, trails in the all-time series between the two schools with 13 victories in the 34 meetings.

Scouting Arizona State: With the loss of three starters from last year's squad, including All-American Amanda Burbridge, Arizona State has struggled so far this season, going 7-13 overall and 2-10 in Pac-10 play.

Under 13th-year head coach Patti Snyder-Park, the Sun Devils are led by senior Jami Coughlin, who averages 3.75 kills per game and a conference-best 3.80 digs per game. Two other players also average over 2.75 kills a game, while sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin runs the offense with 11.11 assists per game.

The Huskies own the series lead between the two schools at 19-16, with the UW victory on October 12, breaking a four-match losing skid to the Sun Devils.

Connections-Connections: Washington freshman outside hitter Kaitlin Leck and Arizona freshman Kellie Burton both played for the Sierra Nevada Volleyball Club.

Upcoming: The Huskies play host to in-state rival Washington State, Nov. 16, for the team's final home match of the season. The UW and the class of 2001, seniors Britni Churnside, Allison Richardson and Lisa Underhill, will look to break the Cougars' five-match winning streak.

A New Coach: Jim McLaughlin, head coach at Kansas State University for the past four seasons, was named head women's volleyball coach at the University of Washington on August 1, 2001. McLaughlin, who became the seventh head coach in school history, replaces former head coach Bill Neville, who announced his retirement on July 17, after 10 years at Washington.

McLaughlin spent the last four seasons building the Kansas State women's volleyball program into a national power, compiling an 82-43 record and taking the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Last season, McLaughlin led Kansas State to a 22-9 record, a program-best No. 16 national ranking and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Prior to a one-year stint as an assistant at Notre Dame in 1996, McLaughlin was the men's head coach at the University of Southern California for seven seasons, leading the Trojans to the NCAA title in 1990 (his first season as head coach) and a runner-up finish a year later.

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