Tomasevic & McLaughlin Named Pac-10 Player & Coach Of The Year

Nov. 28, 2005

SEATTLE- Washington senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic and head coach Jim McLaughlin picked up the Pac-10's top honors today as Tomasevic was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and McLaughlin picked up his second consecutive Coach of the Year award. Six Huskies in all were named to all-conference teams, including a program record five first team selections.

Tomasevic, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, is the first Washington player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. She ranks fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.347), kills (4.52 kpg) and points (5.44 ppg) and holds the school records for career kills (1,716), aces (150) and points (2,065.5). With 1,157 digs, Tomasevic is one of only three Huskies all-time to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She earned the National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week awards on Oct. 10 and was named MVP of the Doublewood Inn Classic. Tomasevic is a second team Academic All-District pick and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection.

Jim McLaughlin is the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Washington to its second consecutive Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. The Huskies rolled off a school record 23-match winning streak and finished the regular season at 26-1 overall. Washington has been ranked second or third all season in the CSTV/AVCA top 25 poll. McLaughlin, who earns the honor for the third time in four years, has a 190-83 career record over nine seasons, including a 107-40 record in five seasons with the Huskies. McLaughlin was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2002.

Five Huskies earned all-conference first team honors, including Tomasevic, sophomore middle blocker Alesha Deesing, senior libero Candace Lee, sophomore outside hitter Christal Morrison and junior setter Courtney Thompson.

Deesing, a first-time All-Pac-10 honoree, leads the Pac-10 and ranks fifth in the country with a .415 hitting percentage. She is second in the Pac-10 with 1.36 bpg, which ranks ninth on the UW single-season list, and is on pace to set the UW career hitting percentage record with a .403 clip. Deesing has had seven double-figure kill performances this season, including a season-best 15 kills vs. Arizona. She has hit .500 or better 11 times and .700 or better four times. Deesing has had six or more blocks seven times, including a career-best seven stuff vs. California and has five errorless matches. She ranks fourth on the UW all-time career chart with 1.25 bpg and seventh on UW career chart with 3.14 ppg.

Lee, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection, is the UW career digs leader (1,964) and ranks second on the Pac-10 all-time list. She ranks third in the Pac-10 with 5.07 dpg, which ranks second on the UW single-season list. Lee anchors a defense that leads the Pac-10 with a .130 opponent hitting percentage and has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times. She has recorded double-digit digs in 24 of 27 matches, despite just five matches going beyond three games, and has notched 20 or more digs nine times. Lee is an Academic All-District selection and Pac-10 All-Academic first team honoree.

Morrison, the 2004 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, leads the league with 0.56 service aces per game. Her 50 aces rank fourth on the UW single-season list. Morrison ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a .346 hitting percentage and 4.97 points per game and ranks ninth in the league with 4.04 kills per game. She has 20 double-digit kill performances and seven double doubles. Morrison was named to the Doublewood Inn Classic all-tournament team and is a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention pick.

Thompson, a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, leads the nation with 14.96 assists per game and has led Washington to the second-best hitting percentage in the country (.347). She is the school's all-time career assists leader (4,579), which ranks sixth on the Pac-10 list. Thompson is third on the team with 22 aces and set a NCAA record this season when she served 18 consecutive points vs. Gardner-Webb. She has dished 71 assists three times this season to tie her career record and has seven double-figure dig matches. Thompson was the Doublewood Inn Classic and Nike Invitational MVPs and was the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 19. She is an Academic All-District selection and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team.

Senior outside hitter Brie Hagerty, a first team All-Pac-10 pick last year, received honorable mention accolades this season. Hagerty ranks third on the team with 3.73 kpg and 4.05 ppg. She has 21 double figure kill performances and has recorded 15 or more kills seven times. Hagerty ranks seventh on the UW career kills list (1,167) and is just the third Husky to amass 1,000 career points (1,257.5).

The Huskies open the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed on Dec. 2 when they square-off against Siena at 5 pm (MT) in Fort Collins, Colo. Last season, Washington advanced to the program's first-ever Final Four where it fell to eventual national champion Stanford in four games.

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