Huskies Ranked No. 8 in 2007 CSTV/AVCA Preseason Poll

Aug. 14, 2007

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team is ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, after receiving 1,088 points. A 2006 national semifinalist and Pac-10 runner-up, Washington returns four starters for the 2007 campaign. The Huskies, who reported to campus on August 7, open the season when they host the Husky Classic, Aug. 24-25 at Bank of America Arena. Joining Washington in the four-team tournament is Cal State Northridge, Fresno State and San Francisco. The Huskies open the tournament against San Francisco on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

Nebraska, the 2006 NCAA National Champion, earned the top ranking, receiving 1,491 points and 53 out of 60 first place votes. It was the third straight season that the Huskers have earned the top spot in the preseason poll.

Defending Pac-10 champion, and 2006 national runner-up, Stanford was picked second, after receiving 1,443 points, and the remaining seven first place votes. Penn State, with 1,350 points, was picked third, followed by Texas, with 1,269 points, and UCLA with 1,214 points.

In addition to Stanford, UCLA and Washington, other Pac-10 schools in the Top 25 include USC at No. 6 (1,197 points), and California at No. 12 (746 points). Arizona and Oregon also received votes in the poll but were not in the Top 25.

The Huskies will open the Pac-10 season on the road when they travel to face Oregon and Oregon State, Sept. 21-22 at 7 p.m. Last season, Washington tied for second place in the conference and finished one match behind league champion Stanford. The Huskies were the Pac-10 Champions in 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA National Champion in 2005.

Washington welcomes back three All-Americans for the 2007 season, including senior outside hitter and 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year Christal Morrison, senior middle blocker Alesha Deesing and junior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick.

Other returning starters include senior outside hitter Stevie Mussie, the 2006 NCAA Seattle Regional MVP, and sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro, who was a Pac-10 All-Freshman team selection last season.

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 $88 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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