Four Huskies Named All-Pacific Region
Dec. 10, 2009
LEXINGTON, Kent. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association named its All-Region teams today, with four Huskies earning distinction in the Pacific Region and thus becoming eligible for All-America honors. Juniors Kindra Carlson and Jenna Hagglund and sophomore Bianca Rowland were named to the 14-member team and senior Tamari Miyashiro earned honorable mention.
The Pacific Region encompasses the entire Pac-10 Conference, the West Coast Conference, and the Big Sky Conference. There are eight regions in Division-I. All-America selections will be drawn from the All-Region winners, including honorable mentions. Washington's four selections tied Stanford for the most of any team.
Carlson, an outside hitter from Eaton, Colo., earns her first All-Region honor to go with her All-Pac-10 award. Carlson led the team with a career-high 4.00 kills per set, and averaged 4.51 in Pac-10 play. In conference play, Carlson ranked fifth in the league with 5.21 points per set. She had double-digit kills in every Pac-10 match, and had a career-high 26 vs. California. She also had a career-high 184 digs this year and seven double-doubles.
Hagglund was named to the region's top team for the first time after earning honorable mention in 2008. She joins Cal's Carli Lloyd as the only two setters honored, and was the only setter to make the All-Pac-10 Team as well. The junior from West Chester, Ohio directed the Pac-10's most balanced offense this year, as the Huskies hit a conference-best .288 with five players averaging more than two kills a set. Hagglund has moved up to second-place on UW's career assists charts with 3,996. She averaged 11.30 assists this year and upped that number to 12.12 in Pac-10 matches. She also averaged 2.09 digs per set and had 10 double-doubles.
Rowland moves up to the top Regional squad after earning Pac-10 honorable mention two weeks ago. The sophomore from Lynnwood, Wash. broke the Washington school record for attack percentage, hitting .456, surpassing Jessica Swarbrick's .427 mark set just last year. Rowland was the only Pac-10 player to hit over .400 and ranked third in the nation at the end of the regular season. She averaged 2.42 kills per set and also led the team with 109 blocks.
There were no defensive specialists named to the first team, but Miyashiro and Stanford's Gabbi Ailes both earned honorable mention. Miyashiro broke the Washington school record for digs in her final year, and wound up ninth in NCAA history with 2,382 digs. She also set the school record with 5.36 digs per set, the only Husky to average more than five digs every set for her career. The Kaneohe, Hawai'I native was the Volleyball Magazine National Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and is one of four Huskies ever named to the All-Pac-10 Team for three straight years.