Volleyball Looks To Break Losing Streak At #7 Arizona, Arizona State

Oct. 9, 2001


Last Week:10/4 #5 UCLA* L, 1-3
10/5 #4 USC* L, 0-3

This Week:
10/8 at Washington St.*^ L, 0-3
10/12 at Arizona State* 7:00 PM
10/13 at Arizona* 7:00 PM

10/16 Portland 7:00 PM
10/19 at Stanford* 7:00 PM
10/20 at California* 7:00 PM

Breaking The Streak: The Washington volleyball team will look to break a three-match losing skid, its longest of the season, this weekend with a pair of road matches at Arizona State and Arizona, Oct. 12-13.

Milestone Mark: With just 25 more kills, senior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) is on pace to become just the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000 career kill milestone.

So far, Underhill has 975 career kills and last weekend, moved past Genne Terry (952) for the number nine spot all-time.

Hitting The Mark: UW's Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) has been out to prove that her last year at the UW will be her best, as she ranks first on the team in kills per game (4.27), aces per game (0.42) and digs per game (2.98). Richardson has led the team in kills in 12 of the 15 matches (one of which she missed due to injury) and has tallied double-doubles eight times.

The 6-1 senior also has already recorded career game-highs in hitting attempts with 67 versus Stanford (third best in Pac-10), service aces with seven versus Purdue (1st) and blocks with 10 at Denver (2nd).

Within The Ranks: Three Washington players currently rank within the top 10 of several categories in the conference's most recent leader charts. Junior setter Gretchen Maurer's (San Clemente, Calif.) 12.67 assists per game is second-best in the Pac-10, while senior Lisa Underhill is sixth in hitting percentage (.370) and second in blocks per game (1.40). Senior Allison Richardson appears in four categories, including kills (third), aces (5th), digs (7th) and points (third).

The points category is a new feature which came about this season as a result of the rally-only scoring format. Points are calculated by adding player kills, aces, block solos and half of their block assists.

Leading The Pac: A pair of UW seniors, Lisa Underhill and Britni Churnside (Eugene, Ore.), are currently among the active career leaders in the Pac-10 Conference. Underhill has the most career blocks of any player in the conference (371), while she is tied for sixth in kills with 975. Churnside, meanwhile, is sixth on the active career leader list in assists (1,896) and ninth in digs (690).

Earlier this season, the Huskies' 16 aces versus Purdue tied for 10th-most on the all-time Pac-10 individual match list.

Pac-10 Power: Although Washington is currently on a three-match losing skid, two of the team's losses came to schools currently ranked in the top five in the country. The Pac-10 has four schools ranked in the top seven including No. 3 USC, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 UCLA and No. 7 Arizona. The Pac-10's four ranked teams are rivaled only by the Big Ten Conference, which also has four schools in the top 25, including No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 20 Minnesota.

Schedule Moves: Washington's opponents for its October 12-13 matches in Arizona also have been switched. The Huskies will face Arizona State on Friday, October 12, before heading to Arizona on Saturday, October 13. The two schools had originally been flip-flopped on some schedules. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

On The Road Again: The Huskies hit the road again for its final two matches of the first round of Pac-10 play. The UW heads to Arizona State Friday and Arizona Saturday, looking for its first win over the Sun Devils since 1998 and its first victory over the Wildcats since 1997.

Scouting Arizona State: With the loss of three seniors, including All-American Amanda Burbridge, Arizona State has struggled so far this season, going 5-7 overall and 1-4 in Pac-10 play.

Under 13th-year head coach Patti Snyder-Park, the Sun Devils are led by senior Jami Coughlin, who averages 3.81 kills per game and a conference-best 3.45 digs per game. Three other players also average over 2.50 kills a game, while sophomore setter Cheryl Anglin runs the offense with 10.28 assists per game. Arizona State's Friday meeting with the Huskies will be just its second match in the last 13 days.

The Huskies own the series lead between the two schools at 18-16, with the last UW victory coming in four games in 1998.

Scouting Arizona: After winning seven matches of the season, seventh-ranked Arizona has dropped three of its last five, with all three losses coming to teams ranked above them in the top 25 poll.

Under head coach David Rubio, juniors Shannon Torregrosa (3.81 k/g) and Lisa Rutledge (4.45 k/g) have been the team's most potent offensive weapons, while 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year setter Dana Burkholder averages 12.59 assists per game. Stefani Saragrosa and Erin Sebbas both average over a block a game for the Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago.

Washington, which last beat Arizona in 1997, trails in the all-time series between the two schools with 13 victories in the 33 meetings.

Connections-Connections: Washington freshman outside hitter Kaitlin Leck and Arizona freshman Kellie Burton both played for the Sierra Nevada Volleyball Club.

Upcoming: The Huskies play host to its final regular season non-conference match next Tuesday, Oct. 16 versus the University of Portland. The UW then heads back out on the road once again for two matches at Stanford and California, Oct. 19-20.

See Us On TV: If you're looking to see a Husky home match without leaving your home, Fox Sports and the Pac-10 have made it all possible. Washington's match with Arizona on Friday, Nov. 9, in Seattle will be televised by Fox Sports Net (national) on a tape-delay basis. The team's Nov. 16 meeting with Washington State also will be televised by Fox Sports Northwest and can be chosen as the 'wildcard' selection for Fox Sports Net.

Fox Sports Net will televise eight other Pac-10 women's volleyball matches in 2001, all of which are scheduled to air on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. from Sept. 22-Nov. 17.

A New Coach: Jim McLaughlin, head coach at Kansas State University for the past four seasons, was named head women's volleyball coach at the University of Washington on August 1, 2001. McLaughlin, who became the seventh head coach in school history, replaces former head coach Bill Neville, who announced his retirement on July 17, after 10 years at Washington.

McLaughlin spent the last four seasons building the Kansas State women's volleyball program into a national power, compiling an 82-43 record and taking the Wildcats to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Last season, McLaughlin led Kansas State to a 22-9 record, a program-best No. 16 national ranking and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Prior to a one-year stint as an assistant at Notre Dame in 1996, McLaughlin was the men's head coach at the University of Southern California for seven seasons, leading the Trojans to the NCAA title in 1990 (his first season as head coach) and a runner-up finish a year later.

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