No. 10 Volleyball Hosts Seattle U. And No. 17 San Diego In Husky Fever Classic

Sept. 16, 2008

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SEATTLE - Tenth-ranked Washington volleyball sets out to rebound from loss at then-No. 10 Hawai'i last Saturday. The Huskies will play host to Seattle U. Thursday and No. 17 San Diego Friday as part of the Husky Fever Volleyball Classic, co-hosted by Seattle U.

Huskies Co-Host Husky Fever Volleyball Classic
The No. 10 Washington volleyball team will co-host the three-day tournament with Seattle University, holding two matches at the Bank of America Arena. The Huskies kick off the tournament by hosting Seattle at 7pm Thursday night. Friday, No. 20 San Diego will play the Huskies at the Bank of America Arena. Seattle U. then hosts San Diego Saturday at the Connolly Center at noon.

Last Time Out
Washington spent four days in Hawai'i and picked up two wins in three matches. The Dawgs downed Pacific, 3-0, on Thursday and Saint Mary's, 3-0, on Friday. Saturday night, the Huskies went up 2-0 on Hawai'i, but the Rainbow Wahine battled back to take three straight sets (two of which in extra points) to earn the win, 3-2. In the three matches, Washington hit .383 as a team and out-killed all three opponents, 14.73-12.09. Sophomore Kindra Carlson racked up 44 kills over the 11 sets and set new career highs in kills (22), attacks (53), blocks (seven block assists), service aces (two, against Hawai'i) and points (27.5). Junior outside hitters Jill Collymore and Airial Salvo each recorded double-doubles over the weekend and sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund and Collymore each picked up four more service aces.

Scouting the Redhawks
Seattle U. is 2-8 entering the weekend, with wins over Boise State and Idaho. The Redhawks have lost matches to Portland State, Portland, Nevada, UCLA, South Florida, Oregon State, Cal State Northridge and Washington State. Seattle is led, offensively, by Cristin Richards, a freshman outside hitter from Olympia, Wash. Richards averages 2.65 kills per set with 90 kills on 291 swings. Defensively, sophomore libero Emily Deleissegues paces the Redhawks with 2.80 digs per set. Jamie Mellies, a sophomore setter from Henderson, Nev., averages 7.86 assists per set while the team is led in blocking by Jordan Keller and Emily Powell. Last season, Seattle had an overall record of 10-16 (7-11 GNAC).

About the Series
Seattle and Washington have met just three times, all in the 1977 season. The Huskies hold the series edge, 3-0. Washington opened its dominant (28-2) 1977 season with a 3-0 win over the Redhawks, 15-4, 15-7, 15-9. The teams met again a few matches later, with the Huskies again claiming a quick win, 15-10, 15-6. The final meeting that season between the teams was another easy Husky win, 15-2, 15-3.

Scouting the Toreros
Seventeenth-ranked San Diego enters the weekend 8-1 with its only loss coming to then-No. 7 Southern California. The Toreros currently own the best kills per set average in the nation with 15.18 and the best assists per set average in the country with 14.07. Junior outside hitter Amy DeGroot leads the team in kills with 4.46 per set, giving her a national ranking of 12th. Sophomore Ashton Basch boasts the team's highest attack percentage with a .394 average, good for 32nd in the country. Senior setter Jessica Nyrop rounds out the Toreros' national rankings with an impressive 11.73 assists per set average, good for ninth in the country. Last season, San Diego went 21-8 before being bounced by Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

About the Series
Washington and San Diego have faced off just twice before with UW winning both matches. The teams first met in 1980 at San Diego, where the Huskies pulled out a come-from-behind 3-2 win (13-15, 13-15, 15-2, 15-5, 15-5). The only other time these teams have squared off was in 1985 when both played in the UNLV/Sunkist Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. The Huskies dropped the third set, but defeated San Diego in four, 15-11, 15-3, 9-15, 15-5.

Huskies In the National Rankings
The Huskies find themselves ranked in the top-25 in six of the seven statistical categories the NCAA tracks. Washington is currently ranked second in the nation in hitting percentage with a team average of .351, second only to defending national champion Penn State. Washington is 12th in the nation (and first in the Pac-10) in aces per set, averaging 2.08 and 19th in the nation in assists per set with 13.04. The Huskies are 22nd in the country in blocks per set with 2.67 and 23rd in the country in kills per set (13.92). Individually, Jill Collymore is first in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation in aces per set with 0.64. Second in the conference and 31st in the country is Airial Salvo with 0.57. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is sixth in the country and tops in the Pac-10 in assists per set, averaging 11.92.

UW on the Tube
The Huskies can look forward to three televised matches this season, two of which will be played at home in the Bank of America Arena. First up will be defending Pac-10 champion Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 12:30pm. Washington then hosts UCLA on Sunday Nov. 9 at 1:00pm, before heading south to Eugene, Ore. for a Sunday, Sept. 16 match-up with Oregon at 12:30pm. All three matches will be shown live on FSN. In addition, Washington's department of intercollegiate athletics has inked a deal with Comcast for all home volleyball matches to be aired tape-delayed On-Demand for regional Comcast subscribers.

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