No. 8 UW Set to Play In UNF/JU Classic

Sept. 12, 2007

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SEATTLE - The No. 8 Washington volleyball team (8-0) travels to Jacksonville, Fla. this week for the University of Northern Florida/Jacksonville University Classic. The three-day tournament features four teams. UW plays at UNF on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m., and then travels across town on Friday, Sept. 14, to take on the the other tournament host, Jacksonville, at 4 p.m. The Huskies close out their trip by playing New Orleans on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. That match will be played on the campus of Northern Florida.

This will be the first time that Washington has played both Northern Florida (1-9) and Jacksonville (3-7), while it will mark the second time that UW and New Orleans (5-5) have met up. The only other meeting came in 1983, with the Huskies taking a 3-0 win.

The Huskies remained ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll (Sept. 10) for the fourth straight week, after going 2-0 last week. UW has held that ranking in all four of the CSTV/AVCA polls. The Huskies received 1,091 points this week. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW stayed No. 6 this week. Nebraska remained in the top spot in both polls.

Last week, Washington continued its fast start to the 2007 season by winning a pair of non-conference matches in California. The Huskies played two matches on the campus of Long Beach State, defeating the 49ers, 3-1, on Thursday, Sept. 6, and Florida State, 3-0, on Friday, Sept. 7.

Six UW players are among the national leaders in several of the NCAA Division I Individual Statistic categories. Four Huskies are ranked in hitting percentage, led by senior middle blocker Alesha Deesing, who is seventh nationally at .471. Freshman outside hitter Becky Perry ranks 28th (.420), freshman outside hitter Kindra Carlson is 60th (.378) and junior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick is 65th (.374).

Swarbrick also ranks fourth in the nation in blocks per game (1.76), while freshman setter Jenna Hagglund is fourth in the country in assists per game (14.18). In addition, Perry is 48th in NCAA Division I in kills per game (4.57) and sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro is 49th nationally in digs per game (5.28).

As a team, the Huskies are fourth in the nation in hitting percentage (.344), 11th in assists per game (15.76), 12th in kills per game (17.00) and 12th in blocks per game (3.28).

Washington is in the middle of 10 straight games on the road. After the UNF/JU Classic, the Huskies continue on the road by taking on the two Pac-10 schools in the state of Oregon, starting with the University of Oregon on Sept. 21. Washington returns home for the first time in over a month by hosting Arizona State on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

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