No. 7 Washington Volleyball Hosts No. 6 Oregon And No. 25 Oregon State
Oct. 15, 2008
Beaver / Duck Hunt
Seventh-ranked Washington (13-3, 4-2), fresh off a matching pair of five-set wins over then-No. 8 UCLA and then-No. 11 USC, will try to knock off No. 6 Oregon and No. 25 Oregon State this weekend in the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena. The Huskies are 5-2 at home so far this season.
Last Time Out
Washington holds its highest ranking of the season, having jumped three spots from 10th to seventh on the strength of its play last weekend. The Huskies first took on then-No. 8 UCLA, downing the Bruins in a tough five-set match (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11) in which setter Jenna Hagglund recorded her second double-double of the season with 56 assists and a career-high 25 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Becky Perry also had a career night, putting down a career-best 33 kills on a career-high 76 attacks. The following night, Hagglund registered her third double-double of the season with 57 assists, 11 digs, a kill, an ace and a block assist. The Huskies went on to defeat USC in five sets (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9) and snap the Women of Troy's 32 match home winning streak in the process.
Player of the Week
Jenna Hagglund earned her second career Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades for her outstanding performances against UCLA and USC. A day later, the West Chester Ohio native was honored as the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week, marking the first time in over three years (Sanja Tomasevic, Oct. 10, 2005) that a Husky was so honored.
Scouting the Ducks
Sixth-ranked Oregon enters the weekend with an 14-3 overall record and a 3-2 mark in Pac-10 play. The No. 6 ranking is the highest in Oregon's history, eclipsing the previous mark of No. 7, set just a week prior. Gorana Maricic paces the Duck offense with 4.04 kills per set, good for third in the Pac-10. Maricic is also second in the league in points, averaging 4.69 per set. Libero Katie Swoboda leads the conference in digs, registering 5.13 per set, while the blocking tandem of Neticia Enesi and Kristen Forristall rank third and fourth in the Pac-10, respectively, each with over 1.20 blocks per set.
About the Series
The Ducks and the Huskies have met 68 times since 1974, the first year volleyball was a varsity sport at Washington. The Dawgs lead the all-time series 52-16 and have won the last 14 contests. Oregon last defeated the Huskies on Nov. 9, 2000 in Eugene by a score of 3-1. The Beavers have not defeated Washington in the Jim McLaughlin era.
Scouting the Beavers
Oregon State is enjoying a top-25 ranking for the first time since 1996. The Beavers are 12-6 on the season with a 1-4 record in league play, notching their only Pac-10 win over then-No. 4 USC. Rachel Rourke leads the Beavs' offensive charge, averaging 3.78 kills per set. Defensively, setter Camilla Ah-Hoy averages 9.46 assists per game while Lauren Rinderknecht paces the Beavers in blocks with 1.04 bps.
About the Series
Washington and Oregon State have faced off 66 times since 1975 with Washington holding the all-time series advantage, 43-21. The Huskies have won the last 10 straight meetings. Oregon State last defeated the Huskies, 3-2, on Oct. 26, 2001 in Seattle in Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin's first season at the UW.
Huskies In the National Rankings
The Huskies find themselves ranked in the top-25 in three of the seven statistical categories the NCAA tracks. Washington is currently ranked sixth in the nation (and third in the Pac-10) in hitting percentage with a team average of .301. The Huskies are 17th in the nation (and third in the Pac-10) in assists per set, averaging 13.02. Washington is also 21st in the country (and third in the conference) in kills per set with 13.94. The Dawgs lead the Pac-10 in service aces, coming in at 1.67 saps.
Individually, Jill Collymore leads the Pac-10 and is 24th in the nation in aces per set with 0.50. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is fouth in the country and second in the Pac-10 in assists per set, averaging 11.88.
Jessica Swarbrick continues to gain on third place in the Husky record book in total blocks. So far, the senior has 430 total blocks. She needs just 45 more blocks to pass Darla Myhre for third place all-time. In addition, Swarbrick has 398 career block assists, putting her in sole possession of fourth place in that category as well.
Last season, Swarbrick hit a team-best .413 last season, good for second in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation. Her hitting percentage was the third-best single-season mark in Washington history and only six one-hundredths of a point shy of beating the current record, set in 2003 by middle blocker Darla Myhre. So far in 2008, Swarbrick is hitting a team-leading .399 with 106 kills on 198 swings, highlighted by a perfect, errorless performance against Pacific on 9/11/08, in which she had eight kills on eight attacks.
All Present and Accounted For
Washington is 19th in the country in home match attendance. The Husky faithful average out to 1,465 fans per match for a total of 10,257 fans so far over the seven home matches. The most attended home match this season was the Stanford match on Oct. 5, when 2,520 fans showed their support of Washington volleyball.
Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund had an outstanding rookie season, putting up 13.54 assists per game, good for the 10th-best mark in the nation. In 2008, she has improved on her performance. The sophomore is currently ranked FOURTH IN THE NATION in assists per set with an average of 11.88.
Her total of 2,111 assists is eighth all-time in Washington history and her 1,422 assists last year is the sixth-best single season mark in school history. At her current clip, Hagglund could well be in fourth place all-time by the end of 2008 and could challenge Husky legend Courtney Thompson (6,552) for the top spot by the end of her Husky career.
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, Nov. 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 On-Demand for regional Comcast subscribers.