Swarbrick and Morrison Lead Huskies to Sweep of Fresno State

Aug. 25, 2007

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SEATTLE - Jessica Swarbrick had 14 kills and Christal Morrison added 13 kills to lead the No. 8 Washington Huskies to a 3-0 sweep of Fresno State in the Husky Classic on Saturday, August 25 at Bank of America Arena. Washington improved to 2-0 on the season, while Fresno State fell to 0-2. Game scores were 30-18, 30-16, 30-22.

Swarbrick, Morrison and freshman Becky Perry illustrated why the Huskies have one of the best offenses in the country, as the team totaled 51 kills and hit .267 for the match. Perry, who redshirted last year, showed why she was one of the nation's most sought after recruits two seasons ago, impressing the crowd with her leaping ability on her way to eight kills in only two games of action.

'We are looking at Becky in two different positions - outside hitter and opposite hitter,' commented head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'She can hit on the left, she can hit on the right, and she can hit from the back. She is seeing the game better and is showing why she is going to be a good one.'

Washington led 5-4 in game one before rattling off six straight points, which included two kills from Morrison, to pull away from Fresno State and make it 11-4 on their way to a 30-18 win.

Perry and Swarbrick both had six kills in the game, as Washington hit .229 to just .026 for the Bulldogs. Swarbrick alone hit .750 for the game.

The second game started out close as the score was tied at 9-9 at one point. After Fresno State's Tairyn Rasmussen scored a point on a kill to pull the Bulldogs within five points at 16-11, Washington scored 11 consecutive points with Tamari Miyashiro serving to take a commanding 27-11 lead.

The Huskies hit .250 during the second game, while Fresno State had a .000 hitting percentage.

Fresno State opened up the final game by leading 8-7 early on. The score was tied 17-17 before Washington scored 13 of the final 18 points to win the game 30-22.

Some of the match's most exciting plays came in the third game. With the Huskies leading 28-20, Kindra Carlson and Stevie Mussie both had spectacular digs for UW as the two teams went back and forth for almost a minute before Carlson eventually scored a point for the Huskies on a kill.

Swarbrick wound up hitting an impressive .571 for the match, while Perry finished at .333. Seven of Morrison's 13 kills came in the third game, while the senior All-American also added 13 digs.

Freshman Jenna Hagglund had 41 assists for the second night in a row, while Miyashiro had 25 digs to lead all players.

McLauglin was pleased with his team's performance, and noted the team's improvement in serving from yesterday. The Huskies finished the match against Fresno State with just six service errors, after having 12 the night before in a 3-0 win against San Francisco.

'We were selective in our emphasis in what we wanted to work on today,' said McLaughlin. 'One being our serving. We served much better today.'

'We also blocked better today. We were in good places at good times. We put pressure on them with our block, and that is an area we really wanted to upgrade this season.'

Fresno State finished with just a .038 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs were led by Lauren Berger's nine kills and Kasey Van Grouw's 25 assists. Kelly Mason had a team-high 15 digs for Fresno State.

Washington plays again later today in the final match of the Husky Classic when they take on Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m.

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