Morrison Earns Third Pac-10 Player of the Week Award of 2007

Nov. 26, 2007

SEATTLE - Senior All-American outside hitter Christal Morrison has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 19- 25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Morrison helped the Huskies to two victories over Oregon State and No. 13 Oregon to close out their regular season schedule. Against the Beavers, Morrison became the Huskies all-time leader in kills with 13 that night. She hit .163, added eight digs and an ace as Washington went on to sweep the Beavers.

In the 3-1 win against Oregon, Morrison had a match-high 21 killsfor her 14th straight match in double-figures, hit .320, and finishedwith eight total blocks, including a season-high three solos.

For the weekend, Morrison averaged 4.67 kpg, 1.29 bpg, and 5.86 ppg.

It is her third such honor of the season and seventh time in her career that she has won the award. She becomes just the third player in Pac-10 history to win the Player of the Week award at least seven times. Logan Tom of Stanford earned the honor nine times and Natalie Williams of UCLA won it eight times.

Morrison and the Huskies were selected as the No. 6 overall seed for the 2007 NCAA Championships, and will host first and second round matches this weekend at Bank of America Arena. Washington (26-3) faces Missouri (17-12) at 7 p.m. on Friday, and prior to that, BYU (21-7) faces Ole Miss (25-7) at 4:30 p.m. The winner of those two matches will meet on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Washington is one of 16 hosts during the opening weekend of action. The winner of Saturday night's match in Seattle will advance to University Park, Pa., for regional play hosted by Penn State on Dec. 7-8.

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