Three Huskies Named To Mizuno Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team

Sept. 4, 2006

DAVIDSON, N.C.-- Three University of Washington volleyball players were named to the Mizuno Wildcat Classic all-tournament team on Saturday, including Tamari Miyashiro, Christal Morrison and Courtney Thompson. Washington picked-up the tournament's top two honors as Miyashiro was named Libero of the Tournament and Morrison was selected as the Most Valuable Player.

Miyashiro collected 26 digs over the weekend to tie Morrison for the team lead with 2.89 digs per game. She also led the Huskies with seven service aces. Miyashiro's best match came against Liberty with 10 digs and four aces. She also added nine digs and two aces vs. Morehead State and seven digs and an ace vs. Davidson.

Morrison averaged 4.67 kills per game, 2.89 dpg and tallied six service aces and four blocks. She boasted a .461 hitting percentage and recorded 50 points over the nine games. Morrison led UW with 16 kills in the opening match vs. Davidson with a .625 hitting percentage. She also had 13 digs in the match to earn her second double-double of the season. Morrison followed up that performance with 12 kills and two aces vs. Morehead State and capped off the tournament with a team-high 14 kills, nine digs and .481 hitting percentage vs. Liberty.

Thompson paced Washington to a .364 hitting percentage, picking up 123 assists for a 13.67 apg average. She also chipped in three service aces, 12 digs (1.33 dpg) and two blocks (0.22 bpg) over the weekend. Thompson dished 46 assists and picked up two service aces, six digs and a block vs. Liberty. She also had 36 assists vs. Morehead State and 41 assists vs. Davidson.

Washington and 15th-ranked Ohio tied for the tournament title, both finishing the weekend with 3-0 records. Neither team dropped even a game in the tournament.

The Huskies make their home debut this week when they host Portland State, Gonzaga, North Dakota State and UMBC in the Husky Classic, Sept. 7-9. Play opens Thursday night when Washington takes on Portland State at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. UW has won its last 16 home matches in a row, dating back to the 2004 season. The Huskies went 11-0 last year at home and were 12-1 in 2004.

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