No. 5 Huskies Try For Clean Sweep Of Oregon Schools This Weekend
Nov. 12, 2008
Setting The Scene: Heading South To Oregon
The Huskies are holding steady at No. 5 in the nation after making history at home last weekend by defeating both USC and UCLA. When last the Huskies met the Ducks and Beavers, Washington emerged victorious, battling through a five-set nail-biter with then-No. 6 Oregon and picking up a quick 3-0 win over then-No. 25 Oregon State.
Pac-10 Title Hunt
With the win last Friday over USC and Cal's loss last Friday to Arizona, the Huskies are now tied with the Bears for second place in the conference. Friday night, Cal faces off against No. 2 Stanford, which currently sits in first place in the league with a 12-1 Pac-10 record. Washington and Cal own identical 10-3 Pac-10 marks. If Cal loses and Washington wins, the Huskies will be in sole poessesion of second place in the league.
Last Time Out
Washington made history last weekend when it downed both USC and UCLA. Last weekend marked the first time in program history that the Huskies won all four USC/UCLA matches in a single season. Washington downed No. 10 USC in three sets (25-16, 26-24, 25-19) and then won its first four-set match of the season against No. 9 UCLA (17-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22) on Sunday, which aired live on FSN.
Scouting The Beavers
Oregon State fell to rival Oregon, 3-0, in last weekend's edition of the Civil War. The Beavers enter Friday's match-up with a 14-11 overall mark and a 3-9 Pac-10 record. Oregon State is currently on a four-match losing streak dating back to Oct. 25. The Beavs last won in a 3-0 sweep over Arizona back on Oct. 24. OSU is led by hot-hitting Rachel Rourke, who leads the Pac-10 in kills per set with 4.41 kps and boats a .261 hitting percentage. Setter Camilla Ah-Hoy leads the Beavers in double-doubles with seven so far on the season. On D, Ashley Evans leads the team with 3.47 dps, while Lauren Rinderknecht holds the advantage in blocks with 0.96 bps and 12 solo blocks on the season.
About the Series
Oregon State and Washington have met 68 times since 1975 with the Huskies holding the all-time series edge, 46-22. Washington took the first meeting of the season in a quick three-set decision on Oct. 19 (25-14, 25-21, 25-13). Washington has won the last 11 meetings, with Oregon State last victory coming on Oct. 26, 2001. The last time Washington lost in Corvallis was Sept. 27, 2001, in head coach Jim McLaughlin's first season.
Scouting the Ducks
Eighth-ranked Oregon enters the weekend with a 20-5 record overall and an 8-4 mark in Pac-10 play, putting the Ducks squarely in third place in the league. The Ducks have won their last two matches after having their four-match win-streak snapped by USC on Halloween. Oregon has found McArthur Court especially friendly over the last few seasons and the Ducks take a 14-match home winning streak into the weekend. Oregon has not lost at home since Oct. 26, 2007 when Arizona State dropped the Ducks, 3-1. Gorana Maricic leads Oregon in kills with 4.16 per set and a .274 attack percentage. Katie Swoboda leads the Pac-10 in digs per set with 5.05 while Neticia Enesi paces the Ducks at the net with 1.25 bps.
About The Series
Oregon and Washington have met 69 times since 1974, with Washington holding a 53-16 advantage. The Huskies have won the last 14 meetings. Oregon has not defeated Washington since Nov. 9, 2000, when the Ducks took a four-set victory at McArthur Court.
Huskies In the National Rankings
The Huskies find themselves ranked in the top-25 in four 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 attack average of .294. The Huskies are also up a spot to 13th in the country (and third in the Pac-10) in assists per set with 13.26 aps. Washington comes in at 18th in the country (and fourth in the conference) in kills per set, averaging 14.20 kps. The Huksies are 22nd (and third in the league) in winning percentage (.826).
Individually, Jill Collymore leads the Pac-10 and is 26th in the nation in aces per set with 0.47. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is third in the country and second in the Pac-10 in assists per set, averaging 12.17. Last season's Defensive Player of the Year Tamari Miyashiro has climbed to 25th in the country (and second in the Pac-10) in digs, averaging 5.00 dps. Jessica Swarbrick is 58th in the nation in blocks (1.14 bps) and Becky Perry is 52nd in the nation in kills per set (3.80).
Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is currently ranked THIRD IN THE NATION in assists per set with an average of 12.17.
Hagglund tallied 42 assists against Washington State on Oct. 24, moving her into seventh place all-time in career assists (2,420). At her current clip, Hagglund could well be in fifth place all-time by the end of 2008 (she needs just 205 to take possession of fifth) and could challenge Husky legend Courtney Thompson (6,552) for the top spot by the end of her Husky career. Hagglund is likely to overtake sixth place this weekend, needing just 82 assists.
Jessica Swarbrick continues to gain on third place in the Husky record book in total blocks. So far, the senior has 455 total blocks. She needs just 20 more blocks to pass Darla Myhre for third place all-time. In addition, Swarbrick has 421 career block assists, putting her in sole possession of fourth place in that category as well. She needs just 30 more block assists to take displace Mhyre for third in block assists.
So far in 2008, Swarbrick is hitting a team-leading .403 with 157 kills on 290 swings, highlighted by a perfect, errorless performance against Pacific on 9/11/08, in which she had eight kills on eight attacks.
Dig For the Cure
The Huskies participated in the national Dig For the Cure initiative to support breast cancer research. October is breast cancer awareness month and all Pac-10 teams hosted Dig For the Cure nights. The Huskies held their event on Oct. 24 as they hosted Washington State and tried to 'pink out' the Bank of America Arena. The first 500 fans received free pink T-shirts printed with the slogan 'Real Huskies Wear Purple and Pink' and all cancer survivors were recognized during the match.
Player of the Week
Jessica Swarbrick earned her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 22-28 after her outstanding performances on the road in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. Swarbrick hit a scorching .550 at Arizona with 12 kills and five blocks to help the Dawgs dig out a win. At Arizona State, Swarbrick managed eight kills and five blocks. Her weekend efforts moved her into sole possession of fourth place all-time in Washington's block assist record list.
Jenna Hagglund earned her second career Pac-10 Player of the Week nod for the week of Oct. 6-12 after the roadtrip to L.A. The Huskies earned a pair of matching five-set road wins over No. 8 UCLA and No. 11 USC last weekend and Hagglund registered a pair of double-doubles to earn her accolades. At UCLA, Hagglund recorded 56 assists and a career-high 25 digs. The next night, Hagglund helped the Huskies snap USC's 32-match home winning streak with her third double-double of the season; 57 assists and 11 digs. Hagglund became just the third Husky to ever earn AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week honors for her strong play. Hagglund was the first Husky since Sanja Tomasevic in Oct. 2005 to be so honored.
All Present and Accounted For
Washington is 14th in the country in home match attendance. The Husky faithful average out to 1,899 fans per match for a total of 22,792 fans so far over the 12 home matches. The most attended home match so far this season was the USC match on Nov. 7, when 2,921 fans showed their support of Washington volleyball.
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.
Junior Jill Collymore has seemingly found her serving stride, recording 34 aces so far this season, for a sensational 0.47 aces per set average, which leads the Pac-10 (and is 26th in the country). Collymore set an all-time career high against San Diego on Sept. 19 with seven service aces, beating the six aces she previously served up against Gonzaga just two weeks earlier on Sept. 4. Collymore, whose serve has been clocked to reach speeds in excess of 60 mph, now has 63 career service aces, with 19 of those coming in just three matches this season.
Can You Dig It?
Washington's defense is led by 2007 National Defensive Player of the Year Tamari Miyashiro. Miyashiro, a junior libero, racked up 622 total digs last season. So far in 2008, Miyashiro has picked up an additional 410 digs, giving her a career total of 1,689, just 350 digs short of breaking Candace Lee's all-time Washington record for career digs. At her current clip, Miyashiro should out-pace Lee's mark by mid-season 2009.
As a team, the 2008 Huskies hold a 14.82-13.90 advantage in digs, lending credence to the phrase, 'Nobody digs like a Dawg.'
Junior Airial Salvo has seen significant playing time this season, playing in 79 of Washington's 82 sets. Salvo, who transferred from Utah last season and sat out the season per NCAA transfer rules, has been one of UW's most consistent performers. Salvo has racked up 217 kills (2.75 kps) and is second on the team in digs (2.38 dps). She's also second on the team in service aces with 22 (0.28 saps), including recording four against UCLA on Nov. 9 to help power the Huskies to a win.
West Coast Killers
The Husky volleyball team has four stellar outside hitters vying for court time. Junior Jill Collymore returns to the lineup this season after redshirting the 2007 season. Collymore is third on the team in kills per set, averaging 3.04. In 2008, Collymore has put down 222 kills on 550 swings and is hitting at a .304 clip.
Sophomore Becky Perry had a standout freshman season in 2007 and continues to play at a high level. The Austin, Texas native has 213 kills on 499 swings for a .273 attack percentage and leads the Huskies with 3.80 kills per set.
Sophomore Kindra Carlson has Washington's second-best kills per set average at 3.34 and has amassed 234 kills on 540 swings for a .304 attack percentage. Against Hawai'i, Carlson recorded a career night, putting down 22 kills on 53 attacks. Carlson tied her career-high in kills against then-No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 17.
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