Washington Women's Volleyball Preview






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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 24-6

2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 13-5/2nd



Starters Returning/Lost: 5/2

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/4

Newcomers: 4



Head Coach: Jim McLaughlin

Alma Mater: UC Santa Barbara '85

Record at Washington: 221-60 (9 years)

Assistant Coaches: Leslie Tuiasosopo, Jose Gandara

 

PREVIEW

Washington enters the season in search of a ninth-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth under head coach Jim McLaughlin. The Huskies return 10 players, including five starters, from a squad that went 24-6 last season and finished runner-up in the Pac-10. Powering the Husky offense are senior outside hitters Kindra Carlson and Becky Perry, and junior middle blocker Bianca Rowland. Carlson and Rowland were AVCA All-Americans in 2009 and Perry was an All-Pac-10 performer in 2008. Washington led the Conference in hitting percentage last year (.288) while Rowland led all individuals (.456). Rowland also ranked third nationally, and may see time at outside hitter this season. Among Pac-10 hitters, Carlson ranked seventh in kills (4.00 kps). Senior setter Jenna Hagglund pilots the Husky offense. An AVCA Third Team All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, she ranked fourth in the Conference with 11.30 assists per set last season. She is currently ranked second on the school's career assists chart with 3,996.




KEY MATCHUPS

Oct. 8 - Washington State at Washington, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 - Washington at California, 7 p.m.

Nov. 5 - Washington at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Nov. 12 - California at Washington, 7 p.m.



Washington fell to the Cougars for the first time since 2002 in a 3-1 loss in Pullman. It marked the first time in the season that the Huskies lost three straight sets. The defeat snapped a 12-match winning streak over WSU. Washington's first home loss came at the hands of Cal in a 3-2 heartbreaker on Nov. 7 last year. The Huskies swept the Golden Bears in Berkeley.


 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#5 Kindra Carlson

Senior, Opposite Hitter, Eaton, Colo.



An AVCA Second Team All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, Kindra Carlson played in 97 sets and 29 matches for the Huskies in 2009. She led the team with 388 kills (4.00 kps), which ranked seventh in the Conference. Carlson set a season and career-high with 26 kills against California on Nov. 7. She had 19 consecutive matches with kills in double figures including every Pac-10 Conference match, and four matches with 20 or more kills. Carlson finished the season with seven double-doubles, including four consecutive matches versus Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington State. She also tallied 25 service aces in 2009, placing her ninth in the Pac-10.

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