UW Returns Home to Host ASU, Arizona

Oct. 2, 2007

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SEATTLE - The No. 8 Washington volleyball team (14-0, 3-0 Pac-10) hosts a home game for the first time in over a month when the Huskies play Arizona State this Thursday at 7 p.m. On Friday, UW plays host to Arizona, also at 7 p.m. The Huskies have not had a home match since hosting the Husky Classic back on Aug. 24-25, and have played 10 straight matches on the road.

Arizona State (9-8, 1-3 Pac-10) split a pair of Pac-10 games last week, losing to Oregon, 3-1, on Thursday, and sweeping Oregon State, 3-0, on Friday. The Sun Devils rank in the bottom half of the Pac-10 team statistics in several categories, including last in opponent hitting percentage (.217), last in blocks per game (2.37), last in service aces per game (1.19) and ninth in hitting percentage (.221).

Washington leads the all-time series with ASU, 28-18, in a series dating back to 1986. The Huskies have won nine matches in a row dating back to the 2002 season, with their last loss to ASU coming on Oct. 3, 2002 (24-30, 28-30, 30-27, 30-25, 13-15), here in Seattle.

Arizona (11-5, 1-3 Pac-10) also split a pair of Pac-10 games last week, sweeping visiting Oregon State, 3-0, on Thursday, and then getting swept by Oregon, 3-0, on Friday. In the Wildcats 11 wins this year, they are hitting .268, and averaging 15.75 kpg and 3.69 bpg, while holding their opponents to a .108 hitting mark. But, in their five losses, Arizona is hitting just .171, and averaging 14.00 kpg and 3.25 bpg, while allowing their opponents to hit .225.

Arizona leads the all-time series 24-21 in a series dating back to 1980, but the Huskies have won six matches in a row, and eight of the past nine. Arizona last defeated UW on Nov. 21, 2003 in Tucson (23-30, 27-30, 30-19, 25-30). The last time the Wildcats knocked off Washington in Seattle was on Oct. 4, 2002 (30-23, 24-30, 28-3, 30-21, 12-15).

Washington played just one match last week, sweeping in-state rival Washington State, 3-0, on Friday, Sept. 28. The Huskies pounded out 57 kills and hit .322 on their way to defeating the host Cougars, 30-22, 30-18, 30-24. Christal Morrison had 15 kills and Stevie Mussie added 13 to lead Washington.

The Huskies remained ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll (Oct. 1) for the seventh straight week. UW has held that ranking in all seven of the CSTV/AVCA polls. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW moved up one spot this week to No. 5.

Washington leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in hitting percentage at .339, and also leads the Pac-10 in opponent hitting percentage at .101. The Huskies also rank in the top-20 of the NCAA in assists per game (10th/15.51 apg), kills per game (13th/16.80 kpg) and blocks per game (20th/3.12).

Alesha Deesing is second in the Pac-10 and sixth in the country in hitting percentage at .443, while Becky Perry is fourth in the Pac-10 and 15th nationally at .421. Jessica Swarbrick is fifth in the Pac-10 and 20th in the nation at .405. Jenna Hagglund ranks second in the conference and sixth nationally in assists per game at 13.68.

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