Husky Volleyball Set To Host Final Regular Season Matches
Nov. 26, 2008
Setting The Scene: Regular Season Finale
Fifth-ranked Washington hosts the Arizona schools this weekend to end the regular season schedule. Saturday marks the final regular-season match for senior Jessica Swarbrick, who will be honored prior to the match. The Huskies will also learn their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday evening in the live selection show, which airs at 7pm on ESPNU.
Pac-10 Title Hunt
The Huskies still have sole possession of second place and aren't mathematically eliminated from a share of the Pac-10 title. Stanford clinched at least a share of the crown last weekend, sweeping past USC and UCLA. The Cardinal takes to the road this weekend to face the Oregon schools and can win the title with wins there. Should Washington win out the weekend AND Stanford lose, the Huskies could own a piece of the Pac-10 crown.
Junior Jill Collymore is the first Washington volleyball player in two years to be named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America. The Bellevue, Wash. native carries a 3.78 GPA with a double-major in psychology and digital arts and media.
In addition, Collymore was named to the first team Pac-10 All-Academic team, while teammate Jenna Hagglund (3.58 GPA, pre-science) was named to the second team. Junior Megan McAfee, sophomore Becky Perry and senior Jessica Swarbrick were each named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.
Last Time Out
Washington picked up a 3-1 win over in-state rival Washington State last Friday, dropping the Cougars to 1-15 in Pac-10 play. Sophomore Jenna Hagglund tallied 62 assists in the outing, leaving her just 83 career assists short of fourth-place all-time at Washington. Sophomore Becky Perry had an outstanding performance, nailing 27 kills on 49 swings with just three attack errors. Sophomore Kindra Carlson returned to the lineup after being out the last few matches with a spasming serratus. In her return, Carlson recorded 16 kills, eight digs and a block assist. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro led all player with 19 digs and two service aces, her third straight multi-ace match.
Scouting The Wildcats
The Wildcats (16-12, 6-10 Pac-10) defeated Oregon and Oregon State last weekend at home, marking their first home Pac-10 sweep since 2006. Offensively, Arizona is led by Tiffany Owens, who is the lone Wildcat to average over three kills per set (3.13). She is followed by Whitney Dosty, who averages 2.81 kps. Setter Paige Weber has 10.39 assist per set and leads the team with 27 service aces. Alanna Resch paces the Wildcats in digs with 4.03 dps, while Stephanie Snow and Jacy Norton mind the net with 1.08 and 1.01 blocks per set, respectively. Arizona is third in the Pac-10 in blocks with 2.60 bps and third in the league in service aces with 1.20.
About The Series
Washington and Arizona have met 48 times since 1986, with the series split at 24-24. The Huskies have won the last nine matches, though, with the Wildcats last win in Seattle coming on October 4, 2002 in a five-set battle (30-23, 24-30, 28-30, 30-21, 12-15).
Scouting The Sun Devils
Arizona State (13-16, 4-12 Pac-10) split last weekend against the Oregon schools, defeating Oregon State, but falling to Oregon. Sarah Reaves paces the Sun Devils with 4.23 kills per set, followed by Margie Giodano with 3.26 kps. Marina Mercer quarterbacks the Devils with 10.28 assists per set. Sarah Johnson paces the defense with 4.05 dps and leads the team in service aces with 26 on the year. Sonja Markanovich, Paige Mittelstaedt and Sara Todorovich each average over 1.00 blosk per set for the Devils. As a team, ASU is fifth in the league in blocks (2.50 bps) and third in the league in digs (15.04). Arizona State is coached by first-year head coach Jason Watson, who led Brigham Young to a victory over Washington in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
About The Series
Washington and Arizona State have met 49 times since 1986, with Washington holding the all-time 31-18 edge. The Huskies have won the last 12 matches, with the Sun Devils' last win in Seattle coming on October 3, 2002 in a five-set battle (24-30, 28-30, 30-27, 30-25, 13-15).
1,000 Kills Club
Airial Salvo - The junior outside hitter now has 1,089 career kills, 238 of which have been at Washington.
1,000+ Digs Club
Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro is well on her way to her second thousand digs. The Kanaohe, Hawai'i native has 1,746 career digs, and needs 254 to become just the second libero in Washington history to break 2,000 digs.
Huskies In the National Rankings
The Huskies find themselves ranked in the top-25 in four statistical categories the NCAA tracks. Washington has climbed to fourth in the nation (and second in the Pac-10) in hitting percentage with a team attack average of .300. The Huskies are also up three spots to 9th in the country (and third in the Pac-10) in assists per set with 13.45 aps. Washington comes in at 11th in the country (and fourth in the conference) in kills per set, averaging 14.45 kps. The Huksies are 13th (and second in the league) in winning percentage (.846).
Individually, sophomore Jenna Hagglund has taken the lead in the Pac-10 and is second in the country in assists per set, averaging 12.38. Jill Collymore leads the Pac-10 and is 35th in the nation in aces per set with 0.43. Last season's Defensive Player of the Year Tamari Miyashiro has climbed to 24th in the country (and second in the Pac-10) in digs, averaging 5.02 dps. Becky Perry is 43rd in the nation in kills per set (3.91).
Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is currently ranked second in the nation in assists per set with an average of 12.38 and has taken the lead in the Pac-10.
Hagglund overtook sixth place all-time in career assists during the road trip to the Oregon schools. She tallied 91 assists over the two matches (39 against Oregon State and 52 against Oregon) to run her career total to 2,511 assists. At Washington State, Hagglund added another 62 assists to move to 2,573 career assists.
She is likely to overtake fifth place this weekend (she needs just 52 assists) and might be able to take fourth place at home in Hec Ed (she needs just 83) against Arizona State Saturday night. Hagglund could well challenge Husky legend Courtney Thompson (6,552) for the top spot by the end of her Husky career.
Junior Airial Salvo has seen significant playing time this season, playing in 86 of Washington's 93 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 238 kills (2.77 kps) and is second on the team in digs (2.38 dps). She's also second on the team in service aces with 23 (0.27 saps), including recording four against UCLA on Nov. 9 to help power the Huskies to a win.
Rollin' Rollin' Rowland
Bianca Rowland, a true freshman, has found herself playing in 92 of the Huskies' 93 sets, and all 61 of Washington's Pac-10 sets. So far this season, Rowland has 118 kills on 246 swings (1.28 kps) and is hitting at a .321 clip. The Lynnwood, Wash. native also has two solo blocks and 71 block assists on the season and is third on the team with 0.79 blocks per set. Rowland had a career night at eighth-ranked Oregon on Nov. 16, placing a career-high 11 kills on a career-high 21 attacks and a career-high-tying eight block assists.
Jessica Swarbrick continues to gain on third place in the Husky record book in total blocks. So far, the senior has 464 total blocks. She needs just 11 more blocks to pass Darla Myhre for third place all-time. In addition, Swarbrick has 430 career block assists, putting her in sole possession of fourth place in that category as well. She needs just 21 more block assists to take displace Mhyre for third in block assists.
So far in 2008, Swarbrick is hitting a team-leading .428 with 187 kills on 334 swings, highlighted by a perfect, errorless performance against Pacific on 9/11/08, in which she had eight kills on eight attacks.
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 467 digs, giving her a career total of 1,746, just 293 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 14.80-13.97 advantage in digs, lending credence to the phrase, 'Nobody digs like a Dawg.'
Smokin' AcesJunior Jill Collymore has seemingly found her serving stride, recording 36 aces so far this season, for a sensational 0.43 aces per set average, which leads the Pac-10 (and is 35th 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 65 career service aces, with 19 of those coming in just three matches this season.