Three Huskies Named All-America
Dec. 17, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - Three Huskies were named All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Wednesday. Senior Jessica Swarbrick and junior Tamari Miyashiro were named to the second team, while sophomore Jenna Hagglund was named to the third.
Swarbrick finished her playing career at Washington by helping the Huskies to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Volleyball tournament, falling in a tough 3-2 loss to Nebraska last Saturday, Dec. 13. Swarbrick leaves Washington as the career leader in hitting percentage, carrying a lifetime average of .406. The middle blocker from El Dorado, Calif., led the team in hitting this season, owning a .427 attack percentage in 2008 with 230 kills (2.04 kps). She also moved into third place all-time in total career blocks, tallying 483 blocks over her four-year career. Swarbrick finished with 447 career block assists, landing just four block assists shy of third place all-time at Washington. She's also fourth-place all-time in points with 1,217.0. Swarbrick was named first-team All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region this season, after recording double-figure kills five times and leading the team in blocks per set (1.06 bps). She hit over .800 four times this season, including a perfect, errorless performance with eight kills on eight swings against Pacific. The honor is the third for Swarbrick.
Miyashiro, a junior libero from Kaneohe, Hawai'i, ranks 15th in the nation in digs (5.14 dps) and leads the Pac-10 in the same category. Miyashiro logged 586 digs this season, giving her a career total of 1,865, leaving her just 174 digs shy of breaking the all-time Washington career record, set by Husky legend Candace Lee in 2002-05. She also needs just 136 digs to become the second Husky to break 2,000 digs. Miyashiro was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an All-Pacific Region selection this season after recording double-figure digs in all but four matches. She registered 30 or more digs four times in 2008 and 25 or more digs eight times. Miyashiro was also fourth on the team in service aces, recording 16 on the season, including four multi-ace matches. The honor is the second for Miyashiro.
Sophomore setter Hagglund earned her first All-America nod this season after spending much of the year ranked second in the nation in assists per set with 12.17 aps. Hagglund was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region after taking the lead in the Pac-10 and shooting up to fourth all-time on Washington's all-time assists record list. This season, Hagglund helped the Huskies to a road sweep of UCLA and USC, marking the first time in program history that Washington had won all four USC/UCLA matches in a season. For her efforts, Hagglund was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week, becoming the first Husky in three years to earn that award. She tallied 50 or more assists in nine matches this season and 60+ assists five times. Hagglund also led the team in double-doubles with 11 on the season.
Washington wrapped up its season last weekend in a tough 3-2 loss to Nebraska in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament held at Bank of America Arena.