No. 2 Volleyball To Face Fellow Pac-10 Leaders Cal & Stanford
Oct. 4, 2005
THIS WEEK: The second-ranked Washington volleyball team (12-0, 3-0 Pac-10) hits the road this week to take on No. 13 California (11-2, 4-0 Pac-10) and No. 3 Stanford (15-1, 4-0 Pac-10) on Oct. 7 and 8. Washington, California and Stanford sit atop the conference standings with perfect records in conference action. Saturday's match-up vs. the Cardinal will be a rematch of the 2004 national semifinal game in which Stanford won 3-1 to advance to the national title game. The Huskies are 3-0 against top-25 teams this season while Cal is 2-0 and Stanford is 5-1 with its only loss coming to top-ranked Nebraska. Washington has won all 12 of its matches in three games and is the only team left in the nation with a completely unblemished record. It's 36 consecutive game victories is a school record, surpassing the previous record of 21 set last season.
A LOOK BACK: The Huskies swept Arizona State and No. 13 Arizona last weekend at Bank of America Arena. Washington out hit the Sun Devils .533 to .241, marking the fourth time this season UW has hit .500 or better. Sanja Tomasevic and Christal Morrison led the Huskies with 14 kills each, while Brie Hagerty added 11 kills. Sophomore Alesha Deesing, who leads the country in hitting percentage, had eight kills on nine swings with no errors for a .889 clip. Against Arizona, Washington was led by Morrison with 15 kills, Tomasevic with 14 and Hagerty with 10. The Huskies out hit the Wildcats .349 to .175 and held advantages in kills (50-40), digs (50-39) and blocks (10.5-8).
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears (11-2, 4-0 Pac-10) have won six matches in a row, including its first-ever wins over UCLA and USC. The team is led by Angie Pressey with 4.73 kills per game with a .340 hitting percentage. Samantha Carter paces the Cal offense with 13.48 assists per game and libero Jillian Davis averages 4.33 digs per game to headline the defense. Washington leads California 22-21 in the all-time series, including two win last season.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The Cardinal (15-1, 4-0 Pac-10) are on a 14-match win streak after dropping their second match of the season to top-ranked Nebraska on the road. Stanford has two players averaging 4.00 kpg or better, including Cynthia Barboza (4.67) and Foluke Akinradewo (4.25). Bryn Kehoe runs the Cardinal offense and averages 14.52 apg, while also leading the team with 28 aces. Courtney Schultz and Kristin Richards headline the defense with 3.94 and 3.50 dpg. Stanford leads Washington 39-5 in the all-time series with the Cardinal taking two of three from Washington last year.
THOMPSON SETS CAREER ASSISTS RECORD: With 49 assists against Arizona State on Sept. 30, junior All-American Courtney Thompson became the school's all-time career assists leader. Thompson has 3,777 career assists to surpass former record-holder Melinda Beckenhauer who dished 3.707 assists for the Huskies from 1987-89. Thompson already holds the UW single-season assists record (1,643, 2004). If the season were to end today, Thompson would also hold the Pac-10 record for career assists per game average with 14.53 apg. The current record holder is UCLA's Erika Selsor who averaged 14.00 apg from 1998-2001.
LEE MOVES INTO THIRD ON PAC-10 LIST: Senior libero Candace Lee had 11 digs against Washington State on Sept. 23 to take over the No. 3 spot on the Pac-10 all-time digs. Lee has 1,653 career digs and is 49 digs away from the No. 2 spot held by former USC standout Katie Haller (1,702, 1990-93). Former UCLA Bruin Chrissie Zartman holds the Pac-10 record with 2,065 digs from 2001-04. Lee already holds the season (666, 2004) and career (1,653) records at Washington. If the season were to end today, Lee would hold the Pac-10 record for digs average with 4.53 dpg. Zartman holds the record with 4.46 dpg.
TOMASEVIC JOINS 1,000 DIG CLUB: Senior Sanja Tomasevic had six digs vs. Arizona on Oct. 1 to bring her career total to 1,002 digs. Tomasevic is just the fifth UW player to amass 1,000 career digs and is only the third Husky to collect both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
DEESING LEADS NATION IN HITTING PERCENTAGE: Sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing continues to lead the nation in hitting percentage for the third consecutive week. Deesing is hitting at a .540 clip with 86 kills and just 12 errors in 137 attempts. Washington has five players listed among the top-10 in the Pac-10, including No. 1 Deesing, No. 2 Darla Myhre (.490), No. 3 Sanja Tomasevic (.423), No. 5 Christal Morrison (.412) and No. 8 Brie Hagerty (.374).
MCLAUGHLIN APPROACHES 100th UW WIN: Head Coach Jim McLaughlin is six wins away from his 100th win at Washington. He has a 94-39 record at UW in five seasons and a 176-82 record as a women's collegiate coach over eight years. McLaughlin also coached seven seasons with the USC men's team and has an overall coaching record of 318-157 in 15 seasons as a college coach.
UW RANKED SECOND IN CSTV/AVCA TOP-25 POLL: The Huskies have been ranked No. 2 in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll all season behind top-ranked Nebraska. Washington received two first-place votes this week for a total of 1,434 points. Nebraska has 1,498 points, including 58 first-place votes. Last season, the Huskies were ranked No. 1 for seven weeks, marking the first time in the program's history that the Dawgs held the top spot.
AND THEN THERE WERE SIX: Washington is one of six schools remaining in the top-25 poll without a loss this season. Other undefeated teams include No. 1 Nebraska (13-0), No. 6 Louisville (14-0), No. 7 Missouri (12-0), No. 16 Brigham Young (11-0) and No. 25 Maryland (14-0).
WASHINGTON PACES THE PAC-10: The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in every statistical category except blocks (Washington State), assists (Stanford) and digs (Arizona State). Washington paces the league in hitting percentage (.423), opponent hitting percentage (.084), kills (17.53) and service aces (2.28). UW ranks second in blocks (3.21) and assists (16.03). Junior setter Courtney Thompson leads the league with 15.11 apg, while sophomore outside hitter Christal Morrison leads the conference with 0.71 aces per game. Sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing leads the Pac-10 with a .540 hitting percentage (also leads nation) and is third in blocks with 1.47 stuffs per game.
HUSKIES KEEP OPPONENTS IN THE RED: Washington has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times this season and only one team has hit in the .200's. All totaled, UW opponents are hitting .084, while the Huskies are leading the country with a .423 hitting percentage. Arizona State has had the most luck of any team against the UW defense with a .241 hitting percentage on Sept. 30. UW opponents have recorded 351 kills and 252 errors on 1,176 attempts, while Washington has collected 631 kills and just 119 errors on 1,209 attempts.
SMOKIN' SERVES: The Huskies have logged 82 aces through the first 12 matches of the season while only giving up 17 aces to their opponents. Sophomore Christal Morrison leads the way for Washington with 25 aces, while Danka Danicic has 13 and Sanja Tomasevic has 11. Tomasevic ranks third on the UW all-time career chart with 134 aces and is 12 away from the school record held by Genne Terry (146, 1982-86).
BUILDING BLOCKS: Senior Darla Myhre had six blocks over the weekend to bring her career total to 376, which ranks fourth on the Washington all-time list. Lisa Underhill (1998-01) holds the No. 3 spot with 415 blocks. Three Huskies rank among the league's top-10 in blocks, including Alesha Deesing (third, 1.47 bpg), Sanja Tomasevic (sixth, 1.24 bpg) and Myhre (seventh, 1.21 bpg).
BROWNIE POINTS: Senior Brie Hagerty became just the third UW player to collect 1,000 points in a career when she tallied 30 points against Hawaii, Sept. 16-17. Hagerty ranks No. 2 on the Washington all-time chart with 1,061.0 points, behind Sanja Tomasevic with 1,756.5 points.
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HUSKIES SWEEP NO. 6 HAWAII, TWICE: Washington passed its first test of the season Sept. 16-17 with two sweeps over sixth-ranked Hawaii on the road. The wins marked just the second and third in UW history in 11 meeting against the Rainbow Wahine and the first since 1992. Christal Morrison led the Huskies with 5.17 kpg and 35 points. Brie Hagerty and Sanja Tomasevic added 4.67 and 4.50 kpg, respectively. Junior Courtney Thompson guided Washington to a .301 hitting percentage, while posting 17.17 apg. In addition to her 103 assists, she added 19 digs (3.17 dpg) and five blocks (0.83 bpg) to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing also had a strong weekend against Hawaii as she led the squad with a .405 hitting percentage with 3.33 kpg and 2.00 dpg. Senior Candace Lee led the defense with 5.67 dpg.
PERFECT IN FARGO: Washington swept through tournament play at the Doublewood Inn Classic in Fargo, N.D. to win a share of the tournament title. South Dakota also finished the tournament with a 3-0 record. The Huskies defeated host North Dakota State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Sam Houston State in games. Junior setter Courtney Thompson was named the tournament Most Valuable Player as she dished 140 assists over nine games for a 15.56 assists per game average. She also collected 11 digs and five blocks over the weekend. Senior Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Christal Morrison were also named to the all-tournament team. Tomasevic averaged 2.75 kills per game, 1.75 digs per game and 1.12 blocks per game, while Morrison led the team with 4.12 kpg and a .552 average.
UW WINS SHARE OF NIKE INVITATIONAL: The Huskies went 2-0 at the Nike Invitational to share a portion of the tournament title with Oregon State, who also went undefeated. Washington defeated Davidson and Portland in straight sets. Junior setter Courtney Thompson was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, while senior middle blocker Darla Myhre was also selected to the all-tournament team. Thompson averaged 13.67 assists per game and 2.00 dig per game. Myhre averaged 1.50 kills per game, 1.17 blocks per game and hit at a .538 clip. Other top UW performers included Sanja Tomasevic with 4.83 kpg and 2.00 bpg and Brie Hagerty with 4.75 kpg.
UW WINS HUSKY CHALLENGE: Washington opened the season with 3-0 sweeps over Gardener-Webb and Montana State to win the Husky Challenge, Aug. 27. The Huskies broke four records in the season-opener vs. Gardner-Webb and broke or tied two of those records the next day vs. Montana State. UW defeated GWU in straight sets on Aug. 26 and broke the NCAA record for consecutive serves when Courtney Thompson led the Huskies on an 18-0 run in the first game and served 18 times in a row. The previous record was 17 serves set in 2004. Washington won the first game 30-8, marking the least number of points allowed by UW in a single game since rally scoring was introduced in 2001. The Huskies broke the school record for least number of points allowed in a match (31) as well with the 30-8, 30-11, 30-12 victory. Washington also broke for UW record for hitting percentage when the Huskies combined for a .537 clip. The team broke the hitting percentage record the next night with a .566 average and tied the record for least number of points in a game when they held Montana State to just eight points in the first game.
HUSKIES PICKED TO DEFEND PAC-10 TITLE: Washington, coming off its first Pac-10 title in 2004, was picked to repeat last season's performance by a vote of the league's coaches. The Huskies, who were one of three teams to represent the Pac-10 in last year's Final Four, picked up five more points than second-place and 2004 NCAA Champion Stanford. Washington also claimed eight of the 10 first-place votes, with the Cardinal receiving the other two. Stanford's 83 points were trailed by USC, picked third with 68 points. Arizona, who made its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance last season, held fourth position with 67 points. UCLA was selected in the fifth slot after receiving 63 points, followed by California with 53 points. Rounding out the poll were Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State, respectively.
COACH Jim McLaughlin: Jim McLaughlin is in his fifth year with Washington volleyball program and is coming off a record season in which he guided the Huskies to their first-ever Final Four appearance and Pacific-10 Conference championship. McLaughlin was named the 2004 National Coach of the Year and received the Pacific Region and Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards. McLaughlin joined the Washington program in 2001 and inherited a team that finished last in the Pac-10 standings in 2000. In four seasons, he has led the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including the 2004 national semifinal, and has built Washington into one of the nation's premier volleyball programs. A 15-year veteran head coach, McLaughlin has proven his ability to recruit talented student-athletes and cultivate championship programs. He has made 14 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 the 1990 national championship and finished as runner-up in 1991. At Washington, McLaughlin has the same lofty goals. The program has made tremendous strides in just four short years, ranking No. 1 for seven weeks last season. McLaughlin has developed five All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and 15 All-Conference players in that time. McLaughlin has a 94-39 record at UW over four seasons, a 176-82 career record as a women's coach (8 years) and 318-157 career record at the college level (men's and women's teams, 15 years).
UW FIELDS FOUR ALL-AMERICANS: Washington is the only program in the country to field four All-Americans in 2005. The Huskies return All-American outside hitters Sanja Tomasevic and Christal Morrison, setter Courtney Thompson and libero Candace Lee.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 17-player Washington roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and five returning starters, plus the libero. The 2005 team includes six seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. The team represents six states and three countries, including Washington (5), California (3), Hawaii (2), Oregon (1), Indiana (1), Ohio (1), British Columbia (1) and Serbia & Montenegro (2).
2004 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Washington finished the 2004 season with a 28-3 record and won its first Pacific-10 Conference Championship with a 16-2 record. The Huskies set program records for best start and consecutive wins when it opened the season with 22 straight victories. Washington made its first Final Four appearance where it lost to eventual national champion Stanford in the national semifinal match. Three players earned All-America honors, including first team setter Courtney Thompson, second team outside hitter Christal Morrison and honorable mention libero Candace Lee. Five Huskies were named to the All-Pac-10 teams including first team selections Thompson, Morrison, Lee and Brie Hagerty and honorable mention pick Darla Myhre. Morrison was the Pacific Region and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and head coach Jim McLaughlin was the National Coach of the Year. Washington boasted the highest attendance average in the conference and fifth-highest in the country with 3,211 fans per game. The Huskies had over 5,000 in the stands twice.