Four Huskies Named First Team All-Pac-10
Nov. 26, 2007
SEATTLE - The sixth-ranked Washington volleyball team had four players selected the All-Pac-10 First Team on Monday, joining No. 4 Stanford as the only two teams to place four players on the first team. The Huskies also had three players earn honorable mention, and two named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
Senior All-American outside hitter Christal Morrison headlines the group of four players, earning her fourth straight first team selection. Morrison and California outside hitter Angie Pressey were the only two players on the team that were four-time selections.
Morrison, who was the Pac-10 Player of the Year last season, becomes the first Husky to be named to the first team all four years during her career. Courtney Thompson (2003-06) is the only other Husky to earn four All-Pac-10 selections, but she was an honorable mention pick her freshman year in 2003.
Morrison is ranked in the Top 10 of three different statistical categories in the conference, including fourth in points (4.94 ppg), fifth in kills (4.12 kpg) and tied for fifth in aces (0.33 sapg).
Joining Morrison on the first team were senior outside hitter Stevie Mussie, junior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick and sophomore libero Tamari Miyashiro. This is the second straight year that Swarbrick has been named to the first team, while Miyashiro was an honorable mention pick last year. It was Mussie's first All-Pac-10 award.
Swarbrick led the team and ranked second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage this season at .407. She also led the Huskies and ranked fourth in the conference in blocks at 1.41 bpg. Miyashiro led the UW in digs in 25 of their 29 matches and finished second in the Pac-10 at 5.70 dpg. Mussie, meanwhile, ranked second on the team in kills (3.95 kpg) and points (4.46 ppg), and led Washington in kills 12 times this year.
The three Huskies earning honorable mention were senior middle blocker Alesha Deesing, freshman setter Jenna Hagglund and freshman outside hitter Becky Perry with both Hagglund and Perry being named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
It was Deesing's third honor of her career as she was a First Team pick in 2005 and 2006. She currently is third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.368) and fifth in blocks (1.29 bpg).She put up a team season-high 11 blocks at USC on Nov. 16, which also matched her career-high set last year.
Hagglund had big shoes to fill at the setter position with the graduation of Thompson, but from the very first match of the season she showed why she was one of the nation's most coveted recruits coming out of Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. She ranks second in the conference in assists at 13.43 apg and led the UW in assists in all 28 matches she has appeared in. She racked up 40 or more assists 21 times, 50 or more assists nine times and 60 or more assists three times. She had a season-best 75 assists at USC on Nov. 16.
Perry also showed early this season why she was a top recruit in the 2006 recruiting class. After redshirting last year, she opened this season by leading the Huskies in kills in four of their first nine matches. She finished the season third on the team in kills at 3.17 kpg and ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage at .366.
Besides both Washington and Stanford four players chosen to the first team, USC and California both had two selections, and Oregon and UCLA both had one apiece.
Stanford swept the top three awards with junior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo earning the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Cardinal outside hitter Alix Klineman was selected as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while head coach John Dunning was Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to first place in the conference.