Volleyball Picked No. 3 In AVCA Preseason Poll

Aug. 9, 2006

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team is ranked No. 3 in the 2006 CSTV/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, receiving 16 first-place votes and 1,357 points. The Huskies, who won the 2005 NCAA National Championship, return three starters and six letterwinners for the 2006 campaign. The season opens Aug. 25 when Washington faces No. 15 Ohio at the ACVA Volleyball Showcase in Madison, Wisc.

Nebraska, the 2005 NCAA runner-up, earned the top ranking, receiving 1,431 points and 14 first place votes, while Penn State was picked second with 1,407 points and 17 first place votes. Stanford was selected fourth with 1,287 points and the remaining 13 first place votes, while Florida rounded out the top-five with 1,181 points.

Washington won the 2005 NCAA title with a 32-1 record and won its second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference Championship with a 17-1 mark. The Huskies set program records for best start and consecutive wins when it rattled off 23 straight wins to open the season. UW also set an NCAA record, sweeping through the NCAA Tournament with six consecutive 3-0 victories en route to the crown.

The Huskies return three starters for the 2006 season, including two-time AVCA All-Americans Courtney Thompson (Sr., S) and Christal Morrison (Jr., OH). Thompson, the 2005 Honda Broderick Player of the Year, led the nation with 14.87 assists per game. Morrison was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player after averaging 5.50 kills per game and 6.75 point per game as she led the Dawgs to their first-ever NCAA title. UW also returns All-Pac-10 junior middle blocker Alesha Deesing

The Pac-10 secured three of the top-10 spots in the poll, and six of the top-18. Joining Washington and Stanford in the preseason poll are No. 10 UCLA, No. 14 USC, No. 17 California and No. 18 Arizona.

The Huskies arrived on campus Aug. 7 to begin fall camp and will make their first appearance at home when they host the five-team Husky Classic featuring Gonzaga, Portland State, North Dakota State and UMBC, Sept. 7-9. Washington opens against Portland State on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Bank of America Arena.

Season, group and single-match tickets are currently on sale through the Husky Athletic Ticket Office, located in Graves Hall on the UW campus. Season tickets can be purchased for $96 per seat and include reserved seating in the lower bowl of Bank of America Arena, and a discount from the single-match ticket price. Single-match ticket prices range from $4-$9.

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