Huskies Improve to 3-0 On Season After Sweeping Cal State Northridge

Aug. 25, 2007

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SEATTLE - The Washington Husky Volleyball team improved to 3-0 on the season after sweeping Cal State Northridge 30-20, 30-17, 30-15 in the final game of the Husky Classic on Saturday, August 25, at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies claimed first place in the four-team tournament by way of their 3-0 record. San Francisco took second by going 2-1, while Northridge was third after finishing 1-2 on the weekend. Fresno State finished in fourth after losing all three of their matches.

Freshman Becky Perry continued to shine in her first appearances in a UW uniform, leading the charge on Saturday night with 22 kills.

'I've been really privileged to learn from the veterans and if I can come out every match and improve just a little bit then I think I'm okay,' said Perry. 'Tonight, I wanted to show my team that they can rely on me.'

Washington had by far its best match of the two-day tournament, hitting .436 as a team. Freshman Kindra Carlson had the best hitting percentage of any Husky against CSUN, as she finished at .615 with nine kills.

In all, four Husky players hit .400 or better. In addition to Carlson, Perry hit .559, junior Jessica Swarbrick hit .500 and senior Alesha Deesing hit .429.

Head Coach Jim McLauglin came away pleased with his team's performance over the weekend, but still feels the team has progress to make.

'It was a good weekend, and we made progress,' said McLaughlin. 'We have a lot more to make. We're always going to approach it that way. We did some good things (over the tournament). We did well in places where we put the emphasis. Every match was a little bit better I thought. Now we need to get a little rest and we'll put together a task list for next week.'

During game one against CSUN, the Huskies had their second best hitting percentage for any game over the weekend, as they amassed 20 kills and hit .390 as a team. Leading the way was Perry with eight kills. Both Swarbrick and Carlson had four kills apiece, as Swarbrick hit a perfect 1.000 and Carlson hit .800.

The second game saw the Huskies hit an astounding .560, by far their best of the season. Carlson, Perry and Christal Morrison each had four kills during the game, while Jenna Hagglund had 13 assists after having 19 in game one.

Washington saved its best for last as the Huskies opened up an 8-0 lead on their way to a 30-15 game three win. Perry had 10 kills in the final game for UW.

For CSUN, Alex Johnson led the team with seven kills, while Angela Hupp had a team-high 17 assists and Amy Hultner finished with a match-high 16 digs.

Perry, Carlson, Hagglund and fellow freshman Shantell Durant gave Husky fans a glimpse of the future over the weekend. All four played key roles in the Huskies three victories.

'Opening weekend starting two freshmen is not easy,' McLaughlin said as he referred to Perry and Hagglund starting all three matches. 'But they did a nice job and they've just got to make progress like any other kid. It'll be a battle in practice because they've really done a nice job. They're really playing well. It just makes the team better. They'll compete in practice and see who's good next week.

Hagglund had over 40 assists in all three matches, with her best performance coming against CSUN as she racked up 49 assists.

Perry finished the weekend with a team-high 39 kills, while Morrison finished with 35 kills and Swarbrick had 30 kills. Tamari Miyashiro amassed 50 digs over the three games for UW.

The Huskies travel to Spokane, Wash. next weekend to compete in the four-team Gonzaga Tournament. UW plays host Gonzaga on Friday night at 7 p.m., and then faces Boise State and Morgan State on Saturday. Game times are 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

Washington doesn't play again at Bank of America Arena for over a month. The Huskies next home match is on Oct. 4, when they host Arizona State at 7 p.m.

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