Huskies Travel To Long Beach State for Two Matches

Sept. 4, 2007

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SEATTLE - The No. 8 Washington volleyball team (6-0) travels to Long Beach, Calif. this week to take on Long Beach State and Florida State. UW will play the host 49ers on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., and then face Florida State the next night, also at 7 p.m.

UW and Long Beach State (2-3) have met four times with the 49ers having won all four matches. The two teams first met in 1979, and last met in 1998, with LBSU sweeping the match. The 49ers are led by senior All-American Alexis Crimes (MB), the 2006 Co-Big West Player of the Year, and senior middle blocker Michaela Hasalikova, a 2006 All-Big West pick.

When UW faces Florida State it will mark the second time that the two programs have met up. UW swept the only meeting back in 1995. Florida State is 3-2 on the year, and went 1-2 last weekend at the Michigan State tournament. Junior outside hitter Mira Djuric is leading the Seminoles in kills at 3.74 kpg, while senior All-American Makini Thompson (OH) is averaging 2.95 kpg.

Washington, meanwhile, continued its fast start to the 2007 season by sweeping all three matches it played at the Gonzaga Tournament last weekend. The Huskies have now swept all six matches that they have played, including sweeping their three matches in the Husky Classic they hosted back on Aug. 24-25. Last weekend, UW opened the tournament by defeating host Gonzaga 30-23, 30-13, 30-21. The Huskies outhit the Bulldogs .409 to .125 and tallied 54 kills to the Zags 34.

On Saturday morning, Washington downed Boise State 30-18, 30-17, 30-19. The Huskies hit .413 as a team compared to just .037 for the Broncos. Finally, on Saturday evening, UW defeated Morgan State 30-23, 30-19, 30-12, as they hit .373 and held the Bears to a .070 hitting percentage. For the tournament, Washington hit .397 and accumulated 157 kills while holding their three opponents to a .077 hitting clip and just 89 kills.

Senior All-American Christal Morrison was named MVP of the tournament, while junior All-American Jessica Swarbrick and redshirt freshman Becky Perry were named to the all-tournament team.

The Huskies remained ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll (Sept. 3), after earning that spot in the Preseason Coaches Poll on Aug. 14 and in the Week 1 Poll on Aug. 27. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW moved up one spot to No. 6 this week.

UW is in the midst of playing 11 straight games on the road. After opening the season by hosting the Husky Classic (Aug. 24-25), Washington will be on the road until Oct. 4, when they host Pac-10 rival Arizona State at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

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