Christal Morrison Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Oct. 15, 2007

SEATTLE - Senior outside hitter Christal Morrison was named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 8-14, as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen this morning.

Morrison, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., helped the Huskies to a split against two nationally-ranked teams last week. In the Huskies 3-2 loss to then No. 10 California on Thursday, Oct. 11, Morrison tallied a team-high 21 kills, hit .370 and added eight digs. The following night, she had 19 kills and 13 digs to lead UW to a 3-2 win over previously unbeaten Stanford, which was ranked No. 2 at the time. It was her sixth double-double of the season.

For the weekend, she recorded 40 kills (4.00 kpg), 21 digs (2.10 dpg) and 43.5 points (4.35 ppg).

This is the fifth time in her career that Morrison has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week, and the 22nd time that a Husky player has earned the honor.

The loss to California was the Huskies (17-1, 5-1 Pac-10) first loss of the year. But they rebounded to knock off the Cardinal the next night, and as a result they moved up to No. 5 in this week's CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. UW had been ranked No. 8 in all previous eight polls. Stanford fell one spot to No. 3, while Cal moved up one spot to No. 9.

Morrison and the Huskies face two more top-10 teams this week. On Thursday, Oct. 18, UW hosts No. 7 UCLA, and then hosts No. 4 USC the following night. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

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