Four Huskies Earn All-Region Honors

Dec. 6, 2006

SEATTLE-- Four University of Washington volleyball players have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region teams, including setter Courtney Thompson and outside hitter Christal Morrison to the 12-member first team. Middle blockers Alesha Deesing and Jessica Swarbrick were named to the honorable mention team.

Thompson and Morrison now advance to the national All-America ballot. The 2006 All-America honorees will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Thompson and Morrison are both two-time All-Americans.

Thompson, a senior from Kent, Wash., leads the nation with 14.73 assists per game and has guided the Huskies to the second-best hitting percentage in the Pac-10 (.286). She is the conference's all-time career assists leader (6,432), which ranks sixth on the NCAA all-time list. Thompson, a two-time first team All-American, has also won three Academic All-America awards and was the 2005 Honda Award winner for volleyball and the 2005 CVU.com National Setter of the Year. She is a three-time first team All-Pac-10 selection and is just the sixth Husky to collect 1,000 or more digs in a career (1,037).

Morrison, a junior from Puyallup, Wash., ranks second in the Pac-10 with 5.43 points per game and 4.74 kills per game. She has led or tied for the team lead in kills 17 times and has 17 double-doubles. The 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Morrison has won two All-America awards, including a third team nod last season and second team honor in 2004. Morrison ranks fourth on the UW all-time career list with 1,395 kills.

Deesing, a junior from Salem, Ore., ranks second on the team with a .396 hitting percentage and 1.09 blocks per game. The two-time first team All-Pac-10 middle blocker has 15 double-figure kill performances and has led or tied for the team lead in blocks 10 times.

Swarbrick, a sophomore from El Dorado, Calif., leads the team with a .400 hitting percentage and 1.44 blocks per game, which rank third and sixth in the Pac-10, respectively. She has 13 double-figure kill performances and has posted eight or more blocks five times.

Ten of the 12-members of the All-Pacific Region first team were from the Pacific-10 Conference. Stanford led all teams with three members, while Washington, UCLA and USC each had two honorees.

The sixth-seeded Huskies continue their postseason run this Friday, Dec. 8, when they host 11th-seed Ohio State in the regional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Third-seed Penn State and 14th-seed Purdue will face in the other semifinal. Friday's winners will square-off on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a chance to advance to the NCAA semifinal in Omaha, Neb., Dec. 14. Saturday's match will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Live video streaming will be available for both semifinal matches on the Dawg Channel free of charge at GoHuskies.com.

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