Miyashiro Named Volleyball Magazine's 2008 Defensive Player Of The Year

Jan. 28, 2009

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QUINCY, Mass. - For the second straight year, junior libero Tamari Miyashiro has been named the UnderArmour/Volleyball Magazine 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the publication.

Washington's lone senior, middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick and sophomore outside hitter Becky Perry were each named second-team All-America by the magazine.

Miyashiro closed out the 2008 campaign by helping the Huskies (27-5) to the regional final before dropping a heartbreaker in five sets. The Kaneohe, Hawai'i native averaged 5.14 digs per set, good for 16th in the country. She tallied 586 digs last season, closing with 1,865 career digs, just 174 digs shy of breaking the all-time Washington digs record set by Candace Lee in 2001. Miyashiro was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) second team and was also honored as a first-team All-Pac-10 pick and an All-Pacific Region selection. She recorded double-figure digs in all but four matches last season and notched 25-plus digs eight times. Miyashiro was also fourth on the team in aces, recording 16 for the season, including four multi-ace matches.

Swarbrick leaves Washington as the all-time career leader in hitting percentage, carrying a lifetime career average of .406. The middle blocker from El Dorado, Calif., led the team in hitting all season, owning a .427 attack percentage with 230 kills (2.04 kps). She also overtook third place all-time in career blocks, tallying 483 blocks over her four-year career. Swabrick finished with 447 career block assists, landing just four block assists shy of third place all-time. She's also fourth-place all-time in career points with 1,271.0. Swarbrick was honored as a second-team AVCA All-American, first-team All-Pacific Region selection and first-team All-Pac-10 pick. This honor is the second for Swarbrick.

Perry led the 2008 Huskies in kills with 3.77 kills per set. The sophomore outside hitter tallied 313 kills last season with a .259 attack percentage. She also averaged 1.45 digs per set and 0.61 blocks per set with 51 total blocks on the season, including six solo blocks. The native of Austin, Texas posted 15+ kills 10 times in 2008 and 20+ kills three times. She recorded a season-best 33 kills at UCLA on a season-high 76 swings. Perry registered one double-double last season with 24 kills and 13 digs at USC on Oct. 11. Perry was named second-team AVCA All-America, honorable mention All-Pacific Region and first-team All-Pac-10. This honor is the first for Perry.

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