No. 8 UW Opens Pac-10 Play at Oregon, Oregon State

Sept. 19, 2007

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SEATTLE - The No. 8 Washington volleyball team (11-0) opens the Pac-10 portion of its schedule on the road facing the two Oregon schools. The Huskies play at Oregon on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m., in a match featuring two of the nation's hottest teams. The Ducks are 11-1 on the season. On Saturday, Sept. 22, UW plays at Oregon State, also at 7 p.m.

The Huskies remained ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll (Sept. 17) for the fifth straight week. UW has held that ranking in all five of the CSTV/AVCA polls. The Huskies received 1,091 points this week, the same total they received last week. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW stayed No. 6 this week for the third week in a row. Nebraska remained in the top spot in both polls.

Oregon entered both polls this week after going 1-1 at the Big-10/Pac-10 Challenge last weekend, including a 3-0 sweep of then No. 20 Ohio State. Oregon is now ranked No. 24 in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll, and tied for 20th in the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Poll. The Ducks, who have 11 three-game sweeps on the year, have three players averaging at least 3.00 kpg.

Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon, 50-16, and has won 12 matches in a row dating back to the 2001 season. Last season against the Ducks, UW won in four games (26-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-27) at home, and in five games (30-15, 28-30, 30-25, 29-31, 16-14) in Eugene.

Oregon State, meanwhile, is 7-5 on the season under third-year head coach Tara Liskevych. Oregon State has already eclipsed its total number of wins from last season, when they went 3-24 overall. One of OSU's biggest wins of the season came on the road against Hawai'i, who was ranked No. 10 at the time, back on Aug. 26.

Washington leads the all-time series against OSU, 43-21, and has won 10 matches in a row dating back to the 2002 season. Last year, UW swept OSU at home, 30-14, 30-13, 30-15, and swept the Beavers in Corvallis, 30-20, 30-23, 30-26.

Last week, the Huskies went 3-0 at the North Florida/Jacksonville Classic last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. UW swept all three opponents to finish the preseason portion of its schedule unbeaten. UW lost only one game during the preseason, and swept 10 of their 11 matches.

Four Washington players are ranked in the Top 75 of various NCAA Division I Individual Statistical categories. Freshman Becky Perry is 13th in the nation in hitting percentage (.429) and 66th in the NCAA Division I in kills per game (4.38). Junior Jessica Swarbrick ranks 32 in the country in blocks per game (1.47) and 46th nationally in hitting percentage (.377). Freshman Jenna Hagglund is eighth nationally in assists per game (13.34), while sophomore Tamari Miyashiro is 33rd in the nation in digs per game (5.56).

As a team, the Huskies lead the Pac-10, and are second in the nation, in hitting percentage at .338. UW also ranks 16th in the nation in assists per game (15.29), 19th in blocks per game (3.07), 21st in kills per game (16.59) and tied for 47th in service aces per game (2.12).

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