No. 12 Volleyball Will Play Cross-State Rival WSU On Friday.

Oct. 14, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The 12th-ranked Washington volleyball team (13-4, 4-4 Pac-10) is fresh off a two win weekend against the Oregon schools. UW defeated the Oregon Ducks, 3-0 and the Oregon State Beavers, 3-1. This week Washington travels to Pullman to take on cross-state rival Washington State on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. The WSU Cougars split last weekend, topping Oregon 3-0 and losing to OSU 3-1. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest and will air on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Friday, October 17: Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series against Washington State 43-21 (.672). Last season, the two teams split, each winning on their home court. The Huskies won 3-1 in Seattle and lost 3-0 in Pullman. The Cougars have won seven of the last eight matches against Washington and UW has won three of the last 10.

COACH MCLAUGHLIN: Jim McLaughlin is in the midst of his third season as head coach at Washington. Last season, he earned Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors, led the Huskies to their best finish in the Pacfic-10 Conference in five seasons and led them to their seventh NCAA tournament. McLaughlin also helped develop Paige Benjamin, Washington's first All-America honoree since 1997. A 13-year veteran head coach, McLaughlin has proved his ability to recruit talented student-athletes and cultivate championship programs. He has made 12 appearances in the NCAA postseason, including four with Kansas State, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000. He also spent seven seasons as the men's head coach at USC, where he won a national championship in 1990 and finished as runner-up a year later. McLaughlin's record is 44-31 (.587) at UW and his 13 year coaching career boasts a record of 268-149 (.643) all-time.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington defeated Oregonand Oregon State last week. The Huskies swept the Ducks, 3-0, behind a balanced UW attack that included five players contributing five or more kills. Kaitlin Leck and Brie Hagerty led the way with 11 kills, while Kara Bjorklund added 10 and Darla Myhre and Jessica Veris chipped in nine. Veris also had four aces.

Against OSU, Hagerty led the Huskies with 20 kills, marking a career-high. Courtney Thompson dished 66 assists and picked up 10 digs. Candace Lee led the defensive effort with 25 digs, while Myhre and Leck each collected nine blocks.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Washington State Cougars (7-11, 3-5 Pac-10) split with the Oregon schools last weekend, sweeping the Ducks and losing to OSU in four games.

Zanda Bautre and Kristen Carlson lead WSU on offense and defense. Bautre averages 3.19 kpg and 3.03 dpg, while Carlson adds 3.06 kpg and 3.13 dpg. Brenn Larson handles the majority of the setting duties for Washington State, dishing 10.00 apg, while also adding 2.53 dpg. Jennifer Todd and Jen Barcus top WSU's blocking game, averaging 1.32 and 1.24 bpg, respectively.

The Cougars are hitting just .155 as a team but limit their opponents to a .165 hitting percentage. Bautre leads the team with a .205 average.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Washington's match against Utah Valley State, previously scheduled for Nov. 26, has been moved to Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

HUSKIES HAVE CAREER DAY VS. BRUINS: The Huskies set nine personal bests in the Oct. 3 match versus No. 8 UCLA. Sanja Tomasevic set a Pac-10 and UW record with 96 total attacks and her career-best 32 kills marked the most of any Pac-10 player this season. Tomasevic also logged a career-best nine blocks against the Bruins. Candace Lee tallied a career-high 33 digs in the match, also the most of any conference player this season. Kara Bjorklund tied her career kill record with 15. Courtney Thompson notched the most assists of any Pac-10 player this season with 69 and posted career-highs with six kills and nine attacks. Brie Hagerty tied her personal-best defensive effort with nine digs.

SENSATIONAL START: Washington opened the season with an 11-0 record, marking the program's best start in school history. The previous record was 9-0, set in 1987. The Huskies are now 13-4.

TOMASEVIC SETS THE PACE: Sanja Tomasevic ranks second in the Pac-10 with 6.60 points per game, 5.65 kills per game and 0.51 service aces per game.

ACCURATE ATTACK: The Huskies, who ranked seventh in the nation with a .307 hitting percentage as of the last statistical report (10/5) are hitting .311 after the Oregon and Oregon State series. The .311 clip ranks second in the Pac-10. Two UW players rank among the Pac-10's top 10, including Darla Myhre (.452, third) and Kara Bjorklund (.393, fifth).

SETTING UP THE OFFENSE:Freshman setter Courtney Thompson has been instrumental to Washington's success this season. Thompson currently leads the Pac-10 with 13.41assists per game and her 69 assist performance versus UCLA last week is the best in the Pac-10 this season.

SERVING ACES: UW has been tough with its serves this season, recording 112 service aces (1.90 sapg) to lead the Pac-10. In return, UW has given up just 60 aces to its opponents. Sanja Tomasevic leads the way with 28 aces (second-best in Pac-10), including five aces versus UMKC and Arizona. Courtney Thompson has posted 22 aces, while Kaitlin Leck has added 19. Leck tied the UW match record with eight aces last season.

BIG DIGS: Candace Lee leads the Pac-10 with 4.12 digs per game. She's had 13 double-figure dig totals in 17 matches, including a career-best 33 digs against UCLA on Oct. 3. Her 33 digs are the most by any player in the conference this season. Lee also recorded 25 digs vs. Oregon State (Oct. 11), 21 digs against Idaho (Sept. 12) and 20 digs versus Ohio (Sept. 6).

NATIONALLY RANKED: With two wins last week, the Huskies improved one spot in the USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll to No. 12. The top 15 national ranking is the highest for the Huskies since 1997 when Washington peaked at No. 11 in the final poll of the season. Washington's highest ranking ever was No. 9 in 1988.

AVCA/SPORTS IMPORTS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sanja Tomasevic was selected as the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on Sept. 3 for her performance in three matches at the Badger Invitational (Aug. 29-30). Tomasevic averaged 6.00 kills per game with 18-kill performances in each of the three matches. She also averaged 8.22 points per game with a .485 hitting percentage to earn MVP honors at the tournament and the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week award. It is just the second national POTW award for the UW program. Makare Desilets received the award in 1997.

TEAM CAPTAINS: The Washington volleyball players selected Sanja Tomasevic and Courtney Thompson as team captains for the 2003 season.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 15-player Washington roster includes 12 returning letterwinners and four returning starters. The 2003 team includes two seniors, five juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen. The team represents six states and three countries, including Washington (5), California (2), Oregon (2), Indiana (1), Nevada (1), Ohio (1), British Columbia (1) and Yugoslavia (2).

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Washington has played six matches against ranked teams this season. The Huskies have played No. 1 USC, No. 4 Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 California (currently No. 9), No. 16 Arizona (currently not ranked) and No. 17 Wisconsin (currently No. 21). UW is 2-4 against these teams.

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