Pac-10 Champions To Face WSU In Regular-Season Finale

Nov. 22, 2005

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THIS WEEK: The third-ranked Washington volleyball team (25-1, 16-1 Pac-10) hosts Washington State (9-21, 2-15 Pac-10) in the regular season finale on Friday, Nov. 25. The match will be televised live on FSN Northwest at 7:30 pm. Cara Capuano and Karch Kiraly will call the action.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONS: The Huskies are the 2005 Pac-10 Champions and will receive the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Washington clinched at least a share of the title on Nov. 11 with a win over USC and won the crown outright last weekend with a sweep of Oregon State. It marks UW's second-ever title after winning the program's first last season with a 16-2 record.

SENIOR NIGHT: Six Huskies make their final regular-season appearance at Bank of America Arena on Friday, including Danka Danicic, Brie Hagerty, Candace Lee, Darla Myhre, Sanja Tomasevic and Jessica Veris. These women have led Washington to back-to-back Pac-10 Championships and the team's first-ever Final Four appearance last season. These six have led Washington to a 96-24 overall record in four years and a 51-20 mark in the Pac-10. Within the last two years, the seniors have led UW to a 53-4 record and 32-3 mark in the Pac-10. The class includes two All-Americans, an Academic All-American and four All-Pac-10 selections.

'PAINT THE PAC-10 PURPLE' NIGHT: Washington encourages all fans to wear purple to Friday's match vs. WSU to honor the seniors and celebrate the Huskies' second-consecutive Pac-10 Championship.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Huskies are undefeated at Bank of America Arena (10-0) this season and have won 15 consecutive home matches. Washington has not lost at home since Nov. 26, 2004 when it lost to USC in five games.

SELECTION SUNDAY: The NCAA will announce the 64-team field for the 2005 NCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship on Sunday, Nov. 27. The announcement will be made on ESPNews at 11:30 am. Fans can watch the broadcast on the Dish Network (channel 142) or on Direct TV (channel 207). Some cable providers also offer ESPNews.

SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars (9-21, 2-15 Pac-10) split last weekend, winning a five-game battle vs. Oregon, before falling to Oregon State in four games. WSU's strong point has been its blocking as the Cougar's average a Pac-10 leading 3.55 bpg, which ranks eighth in the country. The team is led by Jen Barcus with 3.09 kpg, while Natalia Owens and Kelly Rosin average 2.91 and 2.28 kpg, respectively. Gwen Davis and Maureen Perez share setting duties and chip in 8.21 and 6.93 apg. Jaden Pendon headlines the defense with 4.55 dpg and Barcus averages 1.38 bpg. WSU has two seniors, Owens and Davis, who are making their final Pac-10 appearance.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: UW's five-game loss to No. 21 UCLA on Nov. 12 snapped Washington's school-record 23-match win streak and handed the Huskies their first loss of the season. Top-ranked Nebraska is the only remaining undefeated team left in the nation.

TOMASEVIC BECOMES UW CAREER KILLS LEADER: Senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic had 13 kills vs. Oregon State on Nov. 17 to become UW's all-time kills leader. Her career total stands at 1,697 and she is 136 kills away from entering the Pac-10 top-10 kills list (1,833, Kristin Folkl, Stan, 1994-97).

UW Career Kills Leaders1. 1,697 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-052. 1,676 Angela Bransom 1993-963. 1,580 Laurie Wetzel 1985-884. 1,305 Dragana Djordjevic 1991-955. 1,287 Paige Benjamin 1999-02

TOMASEVIC SETS UW CAREER ACES RECORD: Sanja Tomasevic had four aces over the weekend to become UW's career aces leader. Her career total stands at 148, which ranks ninth on the Pac-10 top-10 list. Tomasevic set the school record for season aces last season with 58.

UW Career Aces Leaders1. 148 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-052. 146 Genne Terry 1982-863. 142 Dragana Djordjevic 1991-954. 127 Ashleigh Robertson 1989-925. 125 Jennifer Streatfield 1990-93

Pac-10 Career Aces Leaders1. 198 Daiva Tomkus, UCLA 1986-89-7. 157 Kim Glass, ARIZ 2002-058. 154 Terry Lauchner, ARIZ 1987-009. 148 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-0510. 146 Julie Leamon, OSU 1987-90

HAGERTY MOVES UP UW KILL LIST: Senior Brie Hagerty surpassed current UW assistant coach Leslie Tuiasosopo and Makare Desilets on the career kills list last weekend to move into the No. 7 spot on the UW top-10 list. She is 52 kills away from the No. 6 spot.

UW Career Kills Leaders1. 1,697 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-05-6. 1,253 Kristina Laffling 1996-997. 1,151 Brie Hagerty 2002-058. 1,240 Makare Desilets 1994-979. 1,146 Leslie Tuiasosopo 1995-9810. 1,097 Lisa McCommond 1986-89 1,097 Lisa Underhill 1998-01

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: The Huskies boast the sixth-highest attendance average in the nation with 2,666 fans per match. UW, who leads the Pac-10 in attendance, has had 26,657 fans come through its doors over 10 home dates. Washington's largest crowds this season include 5,099 fans on Oct. 14 (USC) and 4,343 fans on Nov. 3 (Stanford). Last season, Washington had the third-best attendance average in the country with 3,311 fans per match.

2005 National Statistics Leaders1. 7,302 Hawaii2. 4,376 Nebraska3. 3,968 Minnesota4. 3,935 Wisconsin5. 3,726 Penn St.6. 2,666 Washington

THOMPSON SETS UW 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 4,528 career assists and is the only Husky to amass 4,000 career assists. She ranks seventh on the Pac-10 all-time assists list and is 25 dishes away from the No. 6 spot held by former Cougar Keri Killebrew (1990-92). Thompson already holds the UW single-season assists record (1,643, 2004). If her career were to end today, Thompson would also hold the Pac-10 record for assists per game average with 14.56 apg. The current record holder is UCLA's Erika Selsor who averaged 14.00 apg from 1998-2001.

Pac-10 Career Assists Leaders1. 6,234 Erika Selsor, UCLA 1998-01-5. 4,849 Ann Boyer, UCLA 1986-896. 4,553 Keri Killebrew, WSU 1990-927. 4,528 Courtney Thompson, UW 2003-058. 4,461 Carrie Feldman, STAN 1989-92

2005 NCAA Assists Per Game Leaders1. 14.89 Courtney Thompson, UW2. 14.73 Savanah Parra, Ohio3. 14.30 Bryn Kehoe, Stanford4. 14.17 Lindsey Hunter, Missouri5. 13.90 Katie Stein, Marshall

THREE HUSKIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT AWARDS: The Washington volleyball team placed three players on the Academic All-District VIII University Division Volleyball Teams. Senior libero Candace Lee (3.78 GPA, English) and junior setter Courtney Thompson (3.52 GPA, Business) were named to the six-member first team, while senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (3.32 GPA, Communications) was a second team selection.

PAC-10 ACADEMIC HONOREES: Senior libero Candace Lee and junior setter Courtney Thompson have been selected to the seven-member Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic first team. Both Lee and Thompson were third team Academic All-Americans last year. Seniors Danka Danicic and Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Christal Morrison earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors.

MCLAUGHLIN NABS 100th UW WIN: Head Coach Jim McLaughlin picked up his 100th win at the helm of UW volleyball on Oct. 22. He has a 107-40 record at Washington in five seasons and a 189-83 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 331-158 in 15 seasons as a college coach.

SWEEPING THE COMPETITION: Twenty-one of Washington's 25 victories this season have come by way of the 3-0 sweep, which is a UW record. The previous record for sweeps in a season was 17 in 2004. The Huskies have lost just 10 games this season, dropping four to California, three to UCLA, two to Arizona and one to Stanford. UW opened the season with 36 consecutive game victories, setting a program record. The previous record was 22 consecutive games, set last season.

MYHRE MARCHES UP CAREER BLOCKS LISTS: Senior middle blocker Darla Myhre had 12 blocks against the Arizona schools, Oct. 27-28, to take over the No. 3 spot on the Washington all-time career list. She has 441 total blocks and also ranks third on the career block assists list (420) and blocks per game list (1.29).

UW Career Total Blocks Leaders1. 677 Makare Desilets 1994-972. 613 Leslie Tuiasosopo 1995-983. 441 Darla Myhre 2002-054. 415 Lisa Underhill 1998-015. 357 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-05

UW Career Block Assists Leaders1. 542 Makare Desilets 1994-972. 520 Leslie Tuiasosopo 1995-983. 420 Darla Myhre 2002-054. 371 Lisa Underhill 1998-015. 315 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-05

LEE MOVES INTO SECOND ON PAC-10 DIGS LIST: Senior libero Candace Lee had 24 digs against UCLA on Oct. 13 to take over the No. 2 spot on the Pac-10 all-time digs. Lee has 1,939 career digs and is 126 digs away from the Pac-10 record of 2,065 digs held by former UCLA Bruin Chrissie Zartman (2001-04). Lee already holds the season (666, 2004) and career (1,939) records at Washington. If the season were to end today, Lee would hold the Pac-10 record for digs average with 4.66 dpg. Zartman holds the record with 4.46 dpg.

Pac-10 Career Digs Leaders1. 2,065 Chrissie Zartman, UCLA 2001-042. 1,939 Candace Lee, UW 2002-053. 1,621 Rachel Hochgesang, OSU 1993-964. 1,602 Lisa Arce, CAL 1987-905. 1,528 Jami Coughlin, ASU 1998-01

TOMASEVIC JOINS 1,000 DIG CLUB: Senior Sanja Tomasevic had six digs vs. Arizona on Oct. 1 to become just the fifth Husky to join the 1,000 digs club. She currently has 1,146 digs and ranks fifth on the UW top-10 list. She is only the third player in Washington history to amass both 1,000 kills and digs in a career. Tomasevic is 24 digs away from the No. 4 spot held by Ashleigh Robertson (1,170, 1989-92).

UW 1,000 Dig Club1. 1,898 Candace Lee 2002-052. 1,237 Lisa McCammond 1986-893. 1,233 Laurie Wetzel 1985-884. 1,170 Ashleigh Robertson 1989-025. 1,146 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-05

HEAVY HITTING HUSKIES: Sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing's .418 hitting percentage ranks fifth in the nation. Washington has four players listed among the top-10 in the Pac-10, including No. 1 Deesing, No. 2 Darla Myhre (.409), No. 4 Sanja Tomasevic (.366) and No. 6 Christal Morrison (.347).

2005 NCAA Hitting Percentage Leaders1. .471 Lindsy Hartsock, BYU2. .438 Jennifer Hoffman, Louisville3. .423 Nicole Wilson, Missouri4. .421 Elizabeth Meyers, Wichita St.5. .425 Alesha Deesing, UW

UW RANKED THIRD IN CSTV/AVCA TOP-25 POLL: The Huskies are ranked No. 3 in this week's CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll behind No. 2 Penn State and top-ranked Nebraska. Washington was ranked No. 2 in the first 10 polls of the season. Last year, 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.

CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll- Nov. 21 Points1. Nebraska (59) 1,4992. Penn State (1) 1,4353. Washington 1,3844. Florida 1,2765. Stanford 1,236

WASHINGTON PACES THE PAC-10: The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in nearly every statistical category. Washington paces the league in hitting percentage (.345), opponent hitting percentage (.131), kills (17.37), assists (15.87) and service aces (1.83) and ranks second blocks (3.14). Junior setter Courtney Thompson leads the league with 14.89 apg, while sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing leads the Pac-10 with a .418 hitting percentage and is third in blocks with 1.37 stuffs per game. Sophomore outside hitter Christal Morrison is second in the conference with 0.56 aces per game and Candace Lee is third with 4.95 dpg.

HUSKIES KEEP OPPONENTS IN THE RED: Washington has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times this season and only five teams have hit above .200. All totaled, UW opponents are hitting .131, while the Huskies are second in the country with a .345 hitting percentage. UCLA had the most luck of any team against the UW defense with a .248 hitting percentage on Nov. 12 in Washington's only loss of the season. UW opponents have recorded 1,021 kills and 600 errors on 3,223 attempts, while Washington has collected 1,511 kills and just 372 errors on 3,304 attempts.

ACE IN THE HOLE: The Huskies have logged 159 aces this season while only giving up 55 to their opponents. Sophomore Christal Morrison leads the way for Washington with 48 aces, good enough for the No. 4 spot on the UW single-season list. Sanja Tomasevic is second on the team with 25 aces and Courtney Thompson and Danka Danicic have 20 each.

UW Season Aces Leaders1. 58 Sanja Tomasevic 20032. 54 Genne Terry 19863. 52 Dragana Djordjevic 19944. 48 Christal Morrison 20055. 44 Melinda Beckenhauer 1989

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 1,257.5 points, behind Sanja Tomasevic with 2,044.5 points.

UW Career Points Leaders1. 2,044.5 Sanja Tomasevic 2002-052. 1,257.5 Brie Hagerty 2002-053. 1,040.0 Kaitlin Leck 2001-044. 913.0 Christal Morrison 2004-055. 904.0 Paige Benjamin 1999-02

TOMASEVIC NAMED NATIONAL/PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington senior Sanja Tomasevic was selected as the Sports Imports National Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading the Huskies to a pair of road wins over Cal and Stanford. She averaged 6.60 points, 5.00 kills, 1.44 blocks, 3.22 digs and 0.33 aces per game. Tomasevic missed out on a triple-double in a five-game win over California with 25 kills, 18 digs and nine blocks. The 25 kills and 18 digs were season-highs for Tomasevic and the nine blocks fell one shy of her season best. Tomasevic attacked at a .333 percentage with 20 kills, 11 digs, four blocks and two aces in a four-game win vs. Stanford the next night. The National Player of the Week award is the second of Tomasevic's career as she also received the award on Sept. 2, 2003. She has been selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week four times.

THOMPSON EARNS PAC-10 POTW HONORS: Junior Courtney Thompson earned the Pac-10 Player of the Week award after guiding Washington to a pair of sweeps over No. 6 Hawaii, Sept. 16-17. Thompson led UW 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).

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 straight 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 107-40 record at UW over four seasons, a 189-83 career record as a women's coach (8 years) and 331-158 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).

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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.

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