Volleyball Will Hold Two Purple and Gold Scrimmages Saturday

Aug. 16, 2007

SEATTLE - The Washington volleyball team will hold two Purple and Gold scrimmages this Saturday, August 18, and both scrimmages are open to the public. The Huskies, who are ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll, will scrimmage at 11:30 a.m. and then again at 6 p.m. Saturday will be an exciting day for Husky sports fans, as the football team will also hold an open practice at 2:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium.

Washington, the 2005 NCAA National Champion, returns five starters from last year's squad that went 29-5 and finished No. 4 in the final CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll. It was the third straight season in which the Huskies have finished in the Top Four nationally, and the fifth straight year that the Huskies have qualified for the NCAA playoffs.

'We're going to scrimmage and the objective is to see how much progress we've made in our eight days of training,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin, who in his six seasons at UW has amassed a stellar 143-45 (.761) record. 'Then we'll assess our mechanics and eye work, and look at our systems and put together a task list for next week.

Season, group and single-game tickets are on sale through the Husky Ticket Office at 206/543-2200 or by clicking here to purchase online.

'It will be a good environment for us to do the things we do in practice in front of our fans. The kids will be excited, the fans will be excited, and it will give us a chance to find that emotion that we need to play under and play with. It will be a fun day.'

Leading the way this season will be senior outside hitter Christal Morrison, who is a three-time All-American and the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year. Also back are senior middle blocker Alesha Deesing, a second team All-American last year, and junior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick, a third team All-America selection a year ago.

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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