Sixth-Ranked Volleyball To Host Washington State Friday
Oct. 23, 2008
Setting The Scene: Taking on Wazzou
Sixth-ranked Washington looks to keep its hot streak alive, having won its last four matches (three of which were five-set thrillers). The Huskies are strong at home, winning seven of their nine home matches so far this season.
Last Time Out
Washington crept up another spot in this week's AVCA poll after sweeping the weekend, downing then-No. 6 Oregon in five sets and then-No. 25 Oregon State in three. Kindra Carlson led the offensive charge all weekend, racking up a career-high-tying 22 kills against Oregon Friday and picking up another 10 kills against Oregon State Sunday. Friday's outing saw the Huskies struggle with blocking, but hitting well, putting up a very respectable .290 team attack percentage. Airial Salvo was consistent all weekend, managing her fourth double-double of the season against Oregon with 17 kills and 17 digs. Sunday, the junior followed up with 11 kills and eight digs. Jenna Hagglund added another 98 assists to her career total, leaving her just 20 assists short of seventh place all-time in the Washington record book. Tamari Miyashiro had another solid weekend, racking up 53 digs for the two matches, leaving herjust 431 digs short of Candace Lee's all-time record. The Huskies stepped up their blocking Sunday, putting up 10.5 blocks to OSU's 3.0. Three Huskies each tallied a solo block and Jessica Swarbrick chipped in a match-high five block assists.
Scouting The Cougars
Washington State enters the weekend looking for its first conference win. The Cougars are 7-12 this season, 0-8 in Pac-10 play. Washington State hasn't won a match since its Sept. 19 sweep of Utah Valley University. The Cougars have also notched wins over Cal State Northridge, Seattle U., Boise State, Gonzaga, Montana State and Northwestern. Last weekend, the Cougars won their first set in conference action, taking a set from then-No. 25 Oregon State, before falling, 3-1. Offensively, the Cougars are led by Jackie Albright and Emily Rooney, who average 2.58 and 2.38 kills per set, respectively. Setter Renee Bordelon averages 9.41 aps and relies on four hitters in Albright, Rooney and Cassie Robbins and Brittany Johnson (who both average 2.25 kps). At the net, Brittany Tillman leads Wazzou in blocking with 0.95 bps and 60 total blocks on the season.
About the Series
The Cougars and Huskies have met 74 times in the past with the Huskies holding a 53-21 advantage. Washington has won the last 10 meetings, including two 3-0 sweeps last season. Wazzou last defeated the Huskies on Nov. 8, 2002, when the Cougars swept the Huskies out of Pullman, Wash., 3-0.
Dig For the Cure
Friday's match is Dig For the Cure night at Bank of America Arena. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Help UW volleyball Dig for the Cure. Wear PINK on October 24 and help PINK OUT the Arena. Donations for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation will be collected. FREE pink t-shirts will be given to the first 500 fans. Everyone who makes a donation at the match will be entered into a raffle to win autographed volleyballs, football tickets, and women's basketball tickets (must be in attendance to win). Fans who donate a minimum of $20 will receive a coupon for a pair of reserved seats to a men's* or women's non-conference basketball game of their choice. All cancer survivors in attendance at the match will be recognized.