No. 11 Volleyball Hosts Oregon St. and Oregon

Nov. 5, 2003

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THIS WEEKEND: The 11th-ranked Washington volleyball team (15-7, 6-7 Pac-10) hosts Oregon State (13-11, 3-9) and Oregon (3-18, 0-12) this weekend. The Huskies open play versus the Beavers on Friday, Nov. 7 and close out the weekend against the Ducks on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Friday, November 7: Washington vs. Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 8: Washington vs. Oregon, 7 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series against Oregon State and Oregon. Washington leads OSU 36-21 (.632) including three wins in a row. The Huskies and Beavers are 6-4 over the last 10 meetings. The Huskies lead the Ducks 43-16 (.729), including the last five matches in a row. UW has won 15 of the last 16 matches against Oregon, with its last loss coming in Seattle in 2000.

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 46-34 (.575) at UW and his 13 year coaching career boasts a record of 270-152 (.640) all-time.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies dropped a pair of matches to No. 1 USC (3-0) and No. 8 UCLA (3-1) on the road last week.

Washington dropped to top-ranked USC in straight games on Friday, 30-18, 30-24, 30-28. The Huskies and Women of Troy each tallied 54 kills in the match but USC held the advantage in hitting percentage (.398 vs. .254) and blocks (14 vs. 1) to run away with its 33rd straight victory dating back to last season.

Three Huskies had double figure kills, led by senior Kara Bjorklund with 15.

Juniors Kaitlin Leck and Sanja Tomasevic added 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Tomasevic also chipped in 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

Candace Lee led the UW defense with 10 digs, while Courtney Thompson recorded eight.

Against UCLA, the Huskies lost in four games with game scores of 30-23, 26-30, 26-30, 26-30. Washington was led by Sanja Tomasevic with 23 kills and Candace Lee with 25 digs but were unable to topple the Bruins.

Tomasevic was the leading scorer for both teams, posting 23 kills and eight digs for a match-high 25.5 points. Brie Hagerty added 19 kills and Kara Bjorklund had 13 kills in the loss.

SCOUTING OREGON STATE: The Beavers (13-11, 3-9 Pac-10) broke a five match skid last week with a 3-1 victory over Oregon. OSU has now beaten Oregon twice and Washington State this season to surpass last season's conference win total. Oregon State is 0-7 against ranked teams but took a game from Washington on Oct. 11 in Corvallis.

The Beavers are led by junior outside hitter Allison Lawrence who ranks in the Pac-10's top 10 in digs (3.32 dpg), kills (3.56 kpg), aces (0.45 sapg) and points (4.12 ppg). Also contributing for the Beaver offense are Anne Watts-Roberts and Amanda Eggert who add 3.19 and 2.82 kpg, respectively.

Laura Collins runs the offense from the setter position and averages 9.95 assists per game. Anchoring the defense is K.C. Fredrick with 3.10 dpg and Eggert with 0.68 bpg.

SCOUTING OREGON: The Oregon Ducks (3-18, 0-12 Pac-10) have yet to win a conference match this season but won games in two of their last three matches, including a game over No. 8 UCLA and one against Oregon State. The Ducks have lost 13 matches straight.

Sarah Mason and Kelley Russell lead Oregon with 3.21 and 3.08 kpg, respectively. Jodi Bell runs the offense with 9.49 assists per game and leads the team with 19 service aces. Katie O'Neil headlines the defense with 3.01 digs per game, while Kristen Bitter tallies 1.08 blocks per game.

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.

HUSKIES DOWN STANFORD: Washington's four-game win over No. 6 Stanford on Oct. 23 marked the Huskies' first win over the Cardinal since the 1989 season. It was just the third win for UW over Stanford in school history, spanning 23 years and 39 matches. It was Washington's first-ever win in Seattle and broke a 28-match Stanford win streak. Game scores were 30-25, 30-27, 20-30 and 30-28.

The Huskies used a balanced attack to down Stanford with five players recording double-digit kills. Junior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic led with way with her eighth double-double. Tomasevic tallied 24 kills, while Brie Hagerty added 15 kills and Kaitlin Leck , Kara Bjorklund and Darla Myhre each chipped in 11 kills.

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.

TOMASEVIC SETS THE PACE: Sanja Tomasevic ranks second in the Pac-10 with 0.50 service aces per game. She also ranks third in the conference with 5.38 kills per game (17th nationally) and 6.34 points per game.

ACCURATE ATTACK: The Huskies rank sixth nationally and second in the Pac-10 with a .300 hitting percentage. Darla Myhre ranks third in the conference and eighth in the nation with a .409 clip. Kara Bjorklund ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation with a .395 clip.

SETTING UP THE OFFENSE: Freshman setter Courtney Thompson has been instrumental to Washington's success this season. Thompson currently ranks fourth in the country and leads the Pac-10 with 13.94 assists per game. She has seven 60-plus assists performances this season, including a career-best 69 assists against UCLA on Oct. 3.

SERVING ACES: Sanja Tomasevic is Washington's 'ace' on serve, leading the team with 37 aces (0.50 aspg) this season. She tallied a career-best six aces against California on Oct. 24 and had five aces versus UMKC and Arizona. Courtney Thompson is second on the squad with 23 aces, while Kaitlin Leck has recorded 20. Leck tied the UW match record with eight aces last season.

BIG DIGS: Candace Lee leads the Pac-10 with 4.21 digs per game. She's had 18 double-figure dig totals in 22 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 26 digs vs. California (Oct. 24) and 25 digs vs. Oregon State (Oct. 11).

NATIONALLY RANKED: With a pair of losses to top 10 opponents last week, Washington dipped one spot on the USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll to No. 11. UW's highest ranking ever was in 1988 when it finished the season ranked ninth.

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 10 matches against ranked teams this season. The Huskies have played No. 1 USC, twice, No. 4 and No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 UCLA, twice, No. 7 and No. 11 California, No. 16 Arizona and No. 17 Wisconsin. UW is 3-7 against those teams.


#2 Alexis McDonald (5-11, MB, Jr., Long Beach, Calif.) Has played in nine matches and 22 games, making five starts... is averaging 1.55 kpg and 1.00 bpg... her 1.05 bpg average ranks second on the team... has hit .500 or better three times, including a .600 performance against Middle Tennessee State when she had nine kills and one error on 16 attacks (Sept. 5)... posted seven kills in back-to-back matches against Arizona (Sept. 19) and California (Sept. 26)...has notched four blocks or more four times, including a season-best six blocks against Arizona State (Sept. 18).

#3 Courtney Thompson (5-8, S, Fr., Kent, Wash.) Has started all 22 matches for the Huskies... team co-captain... leads the Pac-10 with 13.94 apg, which ranks fith in the nation...named to the all-tournament teams at the Badger Invitational and Idaho Volleyball Tournament ... has tallied 60 or more assists seven times, including a career-best 69 dishes against UCLA (Oct. 3) ...has logged double digit digs 11 times, including six of the last seven matches...posted a season-best 15 digs versus Arizona (Sept. 19)...has at least one block in 19 of 22 matches this season, including four blocks against Wisconsin (Aug. 30) and Stanford (Sept. 27)... recorded four or more kills in five Pac-10 matches (Arizona State, Arizona, California- twice, UCLA)...averages 0.29 aces per game...has notched at least one ace in 14 of 22 matches this season, including three against Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 5).

#4 Carolyn Farny (6-1, OH/S, RS-Fr., Fort Wayne, Ind.) Has played in three matches and five games as setter...tallied five assists in collegiate debut against UMKC (Aug. 29)... Had first career kill and dig and five assists versus Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 5)...posted 13 assists, two digs and a block in win over Northern Arizona (Sept. 13).

#5 Kaitlin Leck (6-1, OH, Jr., Carson, City, Nev.) Has played in 63 games and all 22 matches, making 13 starts...ranks fourth on the team with 2.25 kpg...has posted double figure kills eight times including in five of the last seven matches ...has hit .400 or better three times, including a season-best .591 against New Hampshire (Aug. 30)...ranks second on the team with 0.32 services aces per game...tallied four aces against Oregon State (Oct. 11)...has collected 65 digs (1.03 dpg) on the season, including seven versus UCLA (Oct. 3 and Nov. 1) and USC (Oct. 31).

#8 Libba Lawrence (5-7, L, Sr., West Linn, Ore.) Has played in 22 matches and 77 games, making nine starts...ranks fourth on the team with 2.25 dpg...has logged double digit digs seven times ...posted 10 digs against Ohio (Sept. 6), Arizona (Sept. 19), Oregon (Oct. 10) and UCLA (Nov. 1), 11 versus California (Sept. 26), 13 against Stanford (Sept. 27) and 17 digs versus UCLA (Oct. 3)...recorded a kill against Stanford (Sept. 27)...has seven aces.

#10 Brie Hagerty (6-1, OH, TR-So. (Ohio State), Defiance, Ohio) Has played in all 22 matches and 78 games, making 19 starts...ranks second on the team with 3.49 kpg and 3.88 ppg...named to the Badger Invitational All-Tournament team... hit above .400 in first three matches, including .722 (13-0-18) versus No. 17 Wisconsin (Aug. 30)...has posted double digit kills 17 times with a career-best 20 kills against Oregon State (Oct. 11)...tallied three aces versus UMKC (Aug. 29) in collegiate opener...has notched five or more digs 12 times, including nine against IPFW (Sept. 6) and UCLA (Oct. 3).

#11 Darla Myhre (6-2, MB, So., Victoria, British Columbia) Has played in 22 matches and 63 games, making 15 starts...leads team, ranks third in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation with a .409 hitting percentage...has hit .500 or better in eight matches, including back-to-back .600 performances against Idaho State (Sept. 10) and Idaho (Sept. 12), in which she made no errors in 25 attempts...had five assists against Idaho State...posted nine digs versus Ohio (Sept. 6)...had nine blocks against Oregon State (Oct. 11)...averages 1.10 bpg to lead team and rank ninth in the conference...had nine blocks against Oregon State.

#12 Liandren Buck (5-10, OH, Fr., Kenmore, Wash.) Has not seen playing time this season.

#13 Kara Bjorklund (5-11, MB, Sr., Olympia, Wash.) Has played in 22 matches and 71 games, making 17 starts...ranks second on the team, fifth in the conference and 14th in the nation with a .395 hitting percentage... named to the IPFW All-Tournament team... has tallied double digits kills 10 times, including a season-high 15 kills against No. 16 Arizona (Sept. 19), No. 8 UCLA (Oct. 3) and No. 1 USC (Nov. 1)... has hit .400 or better nine times, including a .615 (9-1-13) showing against IPFW (Sept. 6)...has recorded at least eight kills in all 13 Pac-10 matches this season... averages 0.72 bpg... had six blocks against UCLA (Nov. 1) and five blocks against Idaho State (Sept. 10)...has logged six digs or more three times.

#14 Candace Lee (5-6, L, So., Eugene, Ore.) Has played in all 78 games, making one start...leads the team and Pac-10 with 4.21 dpg... named to the IPFW and Idaho All-Tournament teams...has tallied double digit digs 18 times and 20-plus digs six times...had a career-best 33 digs against No. 8 UCLA (Oct. 3)... recorded 26 digs vs. California (Oct. 24), 25 digs against Oregon State (Oct. 11) and UCLA (Nov. 1), 21 digs against Idaho (Sept. 12) and 20 digs versus Ohio (Sept. 6)...also had 17 digs against No. 16 Arizona (Sept. 19) and 16 digs versus No. 17 Wisconsin (Sept. 6).

#15 Danka Danicic (5-10, DS, So., Ljig, Yugoslavia) Has played in 20 matches and 55 games for the Huskies as a defensive specialist...has recorded 36 digs (0.65 dpg), including a career-best seven digs against UCLA (Nov. 1) ...posted back-to-back four dig performances against IPFW (Sept. 6) and Idaho State (Sept. 10)... also chipped in four digs against Washington State (Oct. 17) and three digs against California (Sept. 27) and UCLA (Oct. 3).

#19 Jessica Veris (6-1, OH, So., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) Has played in 18 matches and 40 games, making five starts...posted 10 kills and 12 digs vs. Northern Arizona (Sept. 13) for her first double double...her kill and dig totals against NAU were career-highs...has notched 12 aces, including four against Oregon (Oct. 10) and three in matches against Northern Arizona and N. 16 Arizona (Sept. 19)...averages 1.62 dpg...has tallied 18 blocks, including four versus Arizona (Sept. 19)...had nine digs against No. 1 USC (Oct. 4)...had nine kills and eight blocks against Oregon (Oct. 10).

#20 Egan Metcalf (6-2, MB, Jr., Kenmore, Wash.) Has played in seven matches and 13 games, making four starts...has tallied at least one kills in every match she has played...had season-best performance against No. 17 Wisconsin with six kills and four blocks...averages 1.69 kpg, 0.46 dpg, 0.85 bpg and 2.12 ppg.

#21 Sanja Tomasevic (5-11, OH, Jr., Uzice, Yugoslavia) Has started 21 matches, missing one match due to co-captain... named AVCA/Sport Imports National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week (Sept. 8)...named tournament Most Valuable Player at the Badger Invitational, IPFW Tournament and Idaho Tournament...leads team and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 0.50 sapg...ranks third in the conference with 5.45 kpg and 6.34 points per game... had tallied double digit kills in every match this season and 20-plus kills eight times...has 10 double doubles (kills-digs)...leads the team with 37 aces ... had six aces against No. 7 California (Oct. 24) and five aces against UMKC (Aug. 29) and No. 16 Arizona (Sept. 19)...has notched six blocks three times...averages 2.81 dpg and 0.81 bpg...notched nine blocks against UCLA (Oct. 3) and six blocks three other times...tallied a career-best 32 kills versus UCLA and set a UW and Pac-10 record with 96 attacks.

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