Volleyball Looks To Return The Favor Against Stanford, California

Oct. 30, 2000

SEATTLE - Huskies Rebound: Washington rebounded from a loss to in-state rival Washington State Friday by dominating non-conference foe Idaho State Sunday in three games. The Huskies posted their best back-to-back team hitting percentages this season with a .314 effort against the Cougars and a .351 hitting percentage versus the Bengals.

On The Tube: The Huskies road match at Oregon State (Nov. 10) will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest on a tape-delayed basis. The match currently is set to air on November 13 at 1 p.m. This will be the Huskies' second televised match of the season.

Block Party: With 10 team blocks in each of last weekend's matches, the Huskies have done their job at the net, having outblocked their opponents 13 times in 20 matches. During that span, the UW has reached double-figures in team blocks eight times with six of the eight coming in four-game matches. In the six matches in which Washington was outblocked (the UW tied Arizona State with nine team blocks apiece back on Sept. 22), five have been to teams that are currently ranked in the AVCA top 25 poll and all six have been to teams that one time or another this season have been ranked in the top 25.

Changing Places: The Huskies' game one starting lineup has been pretty much a soap opera this season with everyone constantly changing places. So far this season, Washington has had 12 different starting lineups in the 20 matches. The most constant starting lineup occurred in the first three matches of the season when seniors Emily Seacat (Ridgefield, Wash.) and Sabrina Page (Greenacres, Wash.), juniors Malena Thompson (Santa Fe, N.M.), Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) and Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) all started.

Moving On Up: Washington junior quick hitter Lisa Underhill is climbing up the Husky record books. Over the past month, Underhill has entered the all-time top 10 in block assists (8th, 248) and career total blocks with 280 (10th). Junior setter Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.) also is currently seventh in assists with 1,551, while Underhill has the third-best hitting percentage in UW school history (.272). Both players are ranked among the active Pac-10 Conference career leaders in blocks (Underhill - 5th) and assists (Churnside - 7th).

Double Their Pleasure: Washington's list of players with double-double performances has grown over the past few weeks. Junior setter Britni Churnside posted her third straight double-double versus both Washington State (56 assists, 12 digs) and Idaho State (48 assists, 11 digs), giving her seven double-doubles in the last eight matches. Churnside is first on the team in that category with 11 this season, while Allison Richardson is second on the team in double-doubles with six, followed by sophomores Gretchen Maurer and Paige Benjamin with three apiece.

Around the Pac-10: The top three schools remained the same after last weekend's conference play as USC and Arizona are tied with identical 12-1 records, while UCLA, at 11-2, is hot on their heels.

Scouting Stanford: With All-American Logan Tom back in the fold, the Stanford Cardinal will bring a 12-9 overall record and a 6-7 mark in the Pac-10 to Seattle Thursday. Under interim head coach Denise Corlett, Stanford has been led by Tom's 5.33 kills per game and 2.81 digs per game. Jennifer Detmer, who is hitting .406, and Sara Sandrik are also threats on offense. The Cardinal is 3-3 since Tom's return from the 2000 Olympics, including a three-game win over Long Beach State and a five-game loss to USC. The Huskies will be looking for their first win over the Cardinal since 1989, when they won 3-1 at Stanford.

Connections, Connections: Washington's match against Stanford will be filled with special connections. First, UW freshman defensive specialist Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) and her sister, Stanford junior defensive specialist Emily Lawrence, will face each other for the second time collegiately. Washington junior swing hitter Kiki Maroutsos (Mission Viejo, Calif.) also will see her former high school teammate at Santa Margarita High School, outside hitter Michelle Chambers, when the Huskies play the Cardinal.

Scouting California: The Golden Bears, 9-11 overall and 4-9 in the Pac-10, are currently on a four-match losing streak having lost all four in three games to the conference's top squads.The Bears, under head coach Rich Feller, are led by Alicia Perry, who averages 4.72 kills per game and 4.10 digs per game. With setter Caity Noonan running the offense (6.12 assists/game), Gabrielle Abernathy is also a threat (3.35 kills/game), while defensively, Jessica Zatica is first on the team in blocks per game with a 1.24 average. The Huskies leads the all-time series between the two schools at 18-16, having won seven straight matches before dropping three straight. Abernathy had 29 kills and Perry recorded 30 digs in the two schools' action-packed meeting earlier this season.

In The Stats: In the eighth set of Pac-10 Conference statistics released October 30, junior Lisa Underhill is ranked fourth in blocks per game (1.21) and in blocks per conference game (1.31/g). Junior Britni Churnside also appears in both lists as she is seventh in all games (8.00) and seventh in conference matches (8.95) in assists per game. Sophomore Gretchen Maurer is ranked fourth overall (0.35) in aces per game and freshman Kara Bjorklund (Olympia, Wash.) has continued to make her mark in the conference blocking charts with the ninth-best blocks per game average (1.03).

Promotions, Promotions: The following promotional offerings are on tap for the next two Washington volleyball matches in November: *Every Friday - Family Friday: For $20 receive five tickets, five hotdogs and five sodas. *Nov. 2 vs. Stanford - Free Baden mini-volleyballs while supplies last. *Nov. 3 vs. California - Free admission for faculty and staff with a coupon, Jr. Husky Night., Hydro Night. Group tickets are available for $1 each for groups of 25 or more. For more information call (206) 543-2200 or visit www.gohuskies.com.

The New Arena: For the second straight season, the Huskies will play their home schedule at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition, while the new 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena is completed. The new arena will not open until November 24, when the women's basketball team plays host to defending national champion Connecticut.

The Best Of The Best: The 2000 Husky schedule once again includes some of the best volleyball teams in the nation. Six of the UW opponents, including number one UCLA, have been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation according to the preseason USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll released August 14. Besides the Bruins, the Huskies also will face #3 Stanford, #7 USC, #10 Arizona, #18 Texas and #19 Texas A&M this season.

Head Coach Bill Neville: On October 4, 1991, Washington head coach Bill Neville coached his first game as a Husky, a 3-0 win at Oregon. Now, 10 years later, Neville remains as the fifth women's volleyball head coach in school history, compiling a 124-131 record. Neville has coached two All-Americans in his time at the UW, including Makare Desilets (1997) and Angela Bransom (1996), while leading the team to three NCAA tournament berths and a Sweet 16 appearance in 1997. A world-renowned figure in the national and international coaching circles, Neville was the head coach of the Canadian men's national team at the 1976 Olympics and was an assistant with the U.S. men's program at both the 1968 and 1984 Olympics.

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