2009 Washington Women's Volleyball Team Preview

Aug. 21, 2009

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    2009 Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Preview Series

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    TEAM QUICK FACTS
    2008 Overall Record: 27-5
    2008 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 15-3/2nd

    Starters Returning/Lost: 6/1
    Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/2
    Newcomers: 4

    Head Coach: Jim McLaughlin (9 years)
    Alma Mater: UC Santa Barbara '85
    Record at Washington: 197-54 (8 years)
    Assistant Coaches: Leslie Tuiasosopo, Jose Gandara

    2009 TEAM PREVIEW
    Picked the favorite to win the league title in the 2009 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, Washington is loaded at every position and, should not only contend for a Pac-10 Championship, but a national title as well. After falling short of the national semifinal last season, the Huskies return six starters including second team All-American and All-Pac-10 senior libero Tamari Miyashiro and third team All-American junior setter Jenna Hagglund. The return of Hagglund will allow for many points at the net this season. Last year, she led the Pac-10 in assists (12.17 aps) and ranked second in the NCAA. Points from the outside position will not be a problem as the Huskies return their top four attacking outside hitters. Leading the way is junior Becky Perry, who led the team and ranked fifth in the Conference with 3.77 kps last season. Seniors Jill Collymore (2.78 kps) and Airial Salvo (2.88 kps) and junior Kindra Carlson (3.23 kps) will be major contributors this season. UW will be equally strong on defense in 2009. For the second-straight season, Miyashiro was Volleyball Magazine's Defensive Player of the Year. She led the Conference in digs with 586 (5.14 dps) and needs 174 digs to become UW's all-time career digs leader. Last season, the team recorded the least number of reception errors, 67, the fewest by any team in the Conference. With this much talent and experience returning, the Huskies are looking to bring the city of Seattle, as well as head coach Jim McLaughlin, their second national championship since 2005.

    KEY MATCHUPS
    • Sept. 11 - Washington vs. Minnesota, 3:00 p.m. PT
    • Sept. 12 - Washington vs. Florida, 3:00 pp.m. PT
    • Oct. 10 - Washington at Stanford, 7:00 p.m. PT (FSN)
    When the Huskies travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Tampa Twice Tournament, they will be tested by two teams ranked in the 2009 Volleyball Magazine's Preseason Poll - No. 8 Minnesota and No. 9 Florida. In 2008, the Gators fell to Stanford, 3-0, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Gophers were knocked out of the tournament in the second round by Iowa State, 3-1. The matchup on Oct. 10 promises to be a great one when it puts the 2009 preseason favorites to win the Pac-10, Washington, up against the three-time defending Pac-10 Champions, Stanford. In order for the Huskies to be the champs, they will have to go through the champs.

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  • Miyashiro

    HUSKY TO WATCH
    7 • Tamari Miyashiro
    SR • Libero • Kaneohe, Hawaii

    Miyashiro is one of the best liberos in the country; as well as one of the top defenders. Last year, she was named the National Defensive Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine for the second year in a row. In 2008, she was honored with a second team AVCA All-American selection as well as All-Pac-10 selection, leading the Conference and finished 16th in the nation in digs (5.14). She played in all 114 sets and all 32 matches a year ago. Miyashiro currently ranks second at Washington in career digs, needing just 174 digs to break the all-time school record. She posted 30+ digs in four matches last season, 25+ digs in eight matches and 20+ digs in 10 matches. She ranked third on the team in service aces with 16.

     

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