Huskies Advance To National Semifinal Vs. Tennessee

Dec. 12, 2005

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THIS WEEK: For the second straight year, Washington (30-1) will play in the Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. The No. 3-seed Huskies will face No. 15-seed Tennessee on Dec. 15 at 4 pm (PT) in the national semifinal in San Antonio, Texas. The other semifinal match features No. 1-seed Nebraska and unseeded Santa Clara on Dec. 15 at 6 pm (PT). Thursday's winners will play for the national championship on Dec. 17 at 3 pm (PT).

CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE TELEVISED: Washington's semifinal match vs. Tennessee will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 4 pm (PT) and will air again later that night on ESPN2 at 8 pm. The other semifinal match between Nebraska and Santa Clara will air live on ESPNU at approximately 6 pm (PT) and will air again on Friday at 11 am on ESPN2. The national championship match will air live on Dec. 17 at 3 pm (PT) on ESPNU.

UW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Huskies have made nine previous appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004) and have an all-time mark of 18-9. Washington is 12-3 in postseason matches with Jim McLaughlin at the helm. Last season, Washington advanced to its first national semifinal where it fell to eventual national champion Stanford in four games.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONS: The Huskies won the 2005 Pac-10 Championship with a 17-1 record to receive the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Washington clinched at least a share of the title on Nov. 11 with a win over USC and won the crown outright Nov. 17 with a sweep of Oregon State. It marks UW's second-ever title after winning the program's first last season with a 16-2 record.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS: Washington swept through regional action in College Station, Texas, notching 3-0 victories over No. 14-seed Purdue and No. 11-seed Wisconsin to advance to the program's second consecutive NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. Sophomore Christal Morrison was named Regional Most Valuable Player, while Sanja Tomasevic and Courtney Thompson were named to the all-tournament team. Morrison led Washington both nights in kills with 19 vs. Purdue and 21 vs. Wisconsin.

HUSKIES SWEEP SIENA & COLORADO STATE IN FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS: The Huskies swept Siena and Colorado State in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Fort Collins, Colo., to advance to the program's third consecutive Sweet 16 and fifth overall. Washington is 2-2 all-time in the round of 16 with a 1988 loss to UCLA (3-0), a 1997 loss to Long Beach State (3-0), a 2003 win over Stanford (3-1) and a 2004 win over UCLA (3-2).

ALL-PACIFIC REGION: Five Washington volleyball players were named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) All-Pacific Region teams, including four players to the 12-member first team. Seniors Candace Lee and Sanja Tomasevic, junior Courtney Thompson and sophomore Christal Morrison were named to the first team, while sophomore Alesha Deesing was an honorable mention pick. It marked the second All-Region award for Lee, Tomasevic, Thompson and Morrison and the first for Deesing. All five are now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced on Dec. 14. Lee, Thompson and Morrison were All-Americans last season and Tomasevic was a All-America pick in 2003.

TOMASEVIC NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic is the Pac-10 Player of the Year after leading the Huskies to a successful defense of their Pac-10 title. Tomasevic was also among the league statistical leaders in hitting percentage (.373/4th), kills per game (4.52 kpg/4th) and points (5.44 ppg/ 4th). She is the first UW player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors.

Jim McLaughlin PICKS UP THIRD PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD: Jim McLaughlin has been tabbed as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Washington to its second consecutive Pac-10 title with a 17-1 league record. The Huskies rolled off a school record 23-match winning streak and finished the regular season with a 26-1 record. Washington has been ranked second or third all season in the CSTV/AVCA top 25 poll. The honor is McLaughlin's third in four seasons (2004, 2002).

LEE & THOMPSON EARN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Senior libero Candace Lee and junior setter Courtney Thompson were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Lee boasts a 3.78 grade-point average in English, while Thompson maintains a 3.52 grade-point average in Business Administration. Both were third team Academic All-Americans last season and are two of just three players to earn All-America and Academic All-America honors at UW (Paige Benjamin, 2002).

SIX HUSKIES NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAMS: Six Huskies were named to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams, including first team selections Alesha Deesing, Candace Lee, Christal Morrison, Courtney Thompson and Sanja Tomasevic. Brie Hagerty was named to the honorable mention team. The six honorees and five first team picks are UW records.

HUSKIES SET PROGRAM RECORD FOR BEST START/ CONSECUTIVE WINS: Washington opened the season with 23-straight victories to set school records for best start and consecutive wins. The previous record was a 22-0 start set last season.

UW TALLIES BEST PAC-10 RECORD EVER: Washington finished the Pac-10 season with a 17-1 record, marking the most conference wins by UW in a single-season. Washington's previous best conference record was 16-2, set last year.

UW RANKED THIRD IN CSTV/AVCA TOP-25 POLL: The Huskies are ranked No. 3 in the most recent CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll behind No. 2 Penn State and top-ranked Nebraska. Washington was ranked No. 2 in the first 10 polls of the season. Last year, the Huskies were ranked No. 1 for seven weeks, marking the first time in the program's history that the Dawgs held the top spot.

SCOUTING TENNESSEE: The 17th-ranked and 15th-seeded Lady Vols (25-8) are making their first appearance in the national semifinal after knocking out No. 2-seed Penn State on its home court and defeating No. 10-seed Missouri, with both wins coming in four games. Tennessee received an at-large berth into the tournament after finishing second in the Southeastern Conference with a 13-3 record. The team is led by Yuliya Stoyanova and Kristen Andre with 4.01 and 3.52 kpg. Julie Knytych handles setting duties and averages 12.24 apg and leads the squad with 28 aces. Sarah Blum headlines the defense with 1.53 bpg, while Amy Morris chips in 4.68 dpg. UT is 5-3 against top-25 opponents, including wins over No. 4 Florida and No. 7 Notre Dame. Thursday's match will mark the first-ever meeting between Washington and Tennessee.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA: The top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Cornhuskers (32-1) are making their ninth appearance in the national semifinal and first since 2001 by sweeping UCLA and Florida in the Omaha Regional. The team earned an automatic berth into the tournament by winning the Big 12 title with a 19-1 mark. They are led by Sarah Pavan and Chris Houghtelling with 3.78 and 3.71 kpg, while Jordan Larson chips in 2.91 kpg. Dani Busboom and Maggie Griffin run the offense with 6.51 and 7.48 apg, respectively. Jennifer Saleaumua anchors the defense with 3.82 dpg and Melissa Elmer averages 2.18 bpg. Nebraska is 12-1 against top-25 opponents with its only loss coming to No. 11 Texas in the Big 12 season finale. Nebraska holds the 1-0 lead in the all-time series vs. Washington with a 3-0 victory in 1993.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA: The 11th-ranked and unseeded Broncos (27-4) defeated three consecutive top-20 opponents, including No. 5 Stanford, No. 19 Pepperdine and No. 5 Arizona to advance to the program's first national semifinal. Santa Clara received an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament by winning the West Coast Conference title with a 12-2 mark. The team is led by Kim McGiven with 4.15 kpg and Brittany Lowe with 3.41 kpg. Crystal Matich runs the offense and dishes 13.98 apg and leads the squad with 44 aces. Caroline Walters leads the defense with 4.50 dpg, while Anna Cmaylo averages 1.17 bpg. Santa Clara is 6-1 against top-25 opponents with its only loss coming to No. 22 San Diego. Washington leads Santa Clara 2-1 in the all-time series. The teams last met in 1984 when the Broncos handed UW a 3-2 loss.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Huskies are undefeated at Bank of America Arena (11-0) this season and have won 16 consecutive home matches. Washington has not lost at home since Nov. 26, 2004 when it fell to USC in five games.

TOMASEVIC BECOMES UW CAREER KILLS LEADER: Senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic had 13 kills vs. Oregon State on Nov. 17 to become UW's all-time kills leader. Her career total stands at 1,771 and she is 62 kills away from entering the Pac-10 top-10 kills list (1,833, Kristin Folkl, Stan, 1994-97).

TOMASEVIC SETS UW CAREER ACES RECORD: Sanja Tomasevic had six aces in her final three Pac-10 matches to become UW's career aces leader. Her career total stands at 155, which ranks eighth on the Pac-10 top-10 list. Tomasevic set the school record for season aces last year with 58.

HAGERTY MOVES UP UW KILL LIST: Senior Brie Hagerty has surpassed current UW assistant coach Leslie Tuiasosopo on the career kills list to move into the No. 8 spot on the UW top-10 list. She has 1,202 career kills and is 38 kills away from the No. 7 spot (Makare Desilets, 1,240, 1994-97).

NATIONAL ATTENDANCE: The Huskies boast the fifth-highest attendance average in the nation with 2,888 fans per match. UW, who leads the Pac-10 in attendance, has had 31,773 fans come through its doors over 11 home dates. Washington's largest crowds this season included 5,116 fans on Nov. 25 (WSU) and 5,099 fans on Oct. 14 (USC). Last season, Washington had the third-best attendance average in the country with 3,311 fans per match.

THOMPSON SETS UW CAREER ASSISTS RECORD: With 49 assists against Arizona State on Sept. 30, junior All-American Courtney Thompson became the school's all-time career assists leader. Thompson has 4,746 career assists and is the only Husky to amass 4,000 career assists. She ranks sixth on the Pac-10 all-time assists list and is 103 dishes away from the No. 5 spot held by former Bruin Ann Boyer (4,849, 1986-89). Thompson already holds the UW single-season assists record (1,643, 2004). If her career were to end today, Thompson would also hold the Pac-10 record for assists per game average with 14.56 apg. The current record holder is UCLA's Erika Selsor who averaged 14.00 apg from 1998-2001.

THREE HUSKIES EARN ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT AWARDS: The Washington volleyball team placed three players on the Academic All-District VIII University Division Volleyball Teams. Senior libero Candace Lee (3.78 GPA, English) and junior setter Courtney Thompson (3.52 GPA, Business) were named to the six-member first team, while senior outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (3.32 GPA, Communications) was a second team selection.

PAC-10 ACADEMIC HONOREES: Senior libero Candace Lee and junior setter Courtney Thompson have been selected to the seven-member Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic first team. Both Lee and Thompson were third team Academic All-Americans last year. Seniors Danka Danicic and Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Christal Morrison earned Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors.

MCLAUGHLIN NABS 100th UW WIN: Head Coach Jim McLaughlin picked up his 100th win at the helm of UW volleyball on Oct. 22. He has a 112-40 record at Washington in five seasons and a 194-83 record as a women's collegiate coach over eight years. McLaughlin also coached seven seasons with the USC men's team and has an overall coaching record of 336-158 in 15 seasons as a college coach.

SWEEPING THE COMPETITION: Twenty-six of Washington's 30 victories this season have come by way of the 3-0 sweep, which is a UW record. The previous record for sweeps in a season was 17, set in 2004. The Huskies have lost just 10 games this season, dropping four to California, three to UCLA, two to Arizona and one to Stanford. UW opened the season with 36 consecutive game victories, setting a program record. The previous record was 22 consecutive games, set last season.

MYHRE MARCHES UP CAREER BLOCKS LISTS: Senior middle blocker Darla Myhre had 12 blocks against the Arizona schools, Oct. 27-28, to take over the No. 3 spot on the Washington all-time career list. She has 451 total blocks and also ranks third on the career block assists list (430) and blocks per game list (1.28).

LEE MOVES INTO SECOND ON PAC-10 DIGS LIST: Senior libero Candace Lee had 24 digs against UCLA on Oct. 13 to take over the No. 2 spot on the Pac-10 all-time digs. Lee has 2,012 career digs and is 53 digs away from the Pac-10 record of 2,065 digs held by former UCLA Bruin Chrissie Zartman (2001-04). Lee already holds the season (666, 2004) and career (2,012) records at Washington. If the season were to end today, Lee would hold the Pac-10 record for digs average with 4.67 dpg. Zartman holds the record with 4.46 dpg.

TOMASEVIC JOINS 1,000 DIG CLUB: Senior Sanja Tomasevic had six digs vs. Arizona on Oct. 1 to become just the fifth Husky to join the 1,000 digs club. She currently has 1,196 digs and ranks fourth on the UW top-10 list. She is only the third player in Washington history to amass both 1,000 kills and digs in a career. Tomasevic is 37 digs away from the No. 3 spot held by Laurie Wetzel (1,233, 1985-88).

HEAVY HITTING HUSKIES: Senior middle blocker Darla Myhre leads the Pac-10 with a .409 hitting percentage. Washington has four players listed among the top-10 in the Pac-10, including No. 1 Myhre, No. 2 Alesha Deesing (.405), No. 5 Sanja Tomasevic (.360) and No. 6 Christal Morrison (.343).

WASHINGTON PACES THE PAC-10: The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in nearly every statistical category. Washington paces the league in hitting percentage (.341), opponent hitting percentage (.133), kills (17.47), assists (15.92) and service aces (1.84) and ranks second blocks (3.09). Junior setter Courtney Thompson leads the league with 14.83 apg, while senior middle blocker Darla Myhre leads the Pac-10 with a .409 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Christal Morrison is second in the league with 0.52 aces per game and Candace Lee is third in digs with 4.94 dpg.

HUSKIES KEEP OPPONENTS IN THE RED: Washington has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times this season and only six teams have hit above .200. All totaled, UW opponents are hitting .133, while the Huskies lead the Pac-10 with a .341 hitting percentage. UCLA had the most luck of any team against the UW defense with a .248 hitting percentage on Nov. 12 in Washington's only loss of the season. UW opponents have recorded 1,209 kills and 700 errors on 3,823 attempts, while Washington has collected 1,782 kills and just 447 errors on 3,914 attempts.

ACE IN THE HOLE: The Huskies have logged 188 aces this season while only giving up 66 to their opponents. Sophomore Christal Morrison leads the way for Washington with 53 aces, good enough for the No. 3 spot on the UW single-season list. Sanja Tomasevic is second on the team with 32 aces and Courtney Thompson is third with 27.

BROWNIE POINTS: Senior Brie Hagerty became just the third UW player to collect 1,000 points in a career when she tallied 30 points against Hawaii, Sept. 16-17. Hagerty ranks No. 2 on the Washington all-time chart with 1,311.5 points, behind Sanja Tomasevic with 2,131.0 points.

TOMASEVIC NAMED NATIONAL/PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington senior Sanja Tomasevic was selected as the Sports Imports National Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after leading the Huskies to a pair of road wins over Cal and Stanford. She averaged 6.60 points, 5.00 kills, 1.44 blocks, 3.22 digs and 0.33 aces per game. Tomasevic missed out on a triple-double in a five-game win over California with 25 kills, 18 digs and nine blocks. The 25 kills and 18 digs were season-highs for Tomasevic and the nine blocks fell one shy of her season best. Tomasevic attacked at a .333 percentage with 20 kills, 11 digs, four blocks and two aces in a four-game win vs. Stanford the next night. The National Player of the Week award is the second of Tomasevic's career as she also received the award on Sept. 2, 2003. She has been selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week four times.

THOMPSON EARNS PAC-10 POTW HONORS: Junior Courtney Thompson earned the Pac-10 Player of the Week award after guiding Washington to a pair of sweeps over No. 6 Hawaii, Sept. 16-17. Thompson led UW to a .301 hitting percentage, while posting 17.17 apg. In addition to her 103 assists, she added 19 digs (3.17 dpg) and five blocks (0.83 bpg).

PERFECT IN FARGO: Washington swept through tournament play at the Doublewood Inn Classic in Fargo, N.D. to win a share of the tournament title. South Dakota also finished the tournament with a 3-0 record. The Huskies defeated host North Dakota State, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Sam Houston State in straight games. Junior setter Courtney Thompson was named the tournament Most Valuable Player as she dished 140 assists over nine games for a 15.56 assists per game average. She also collected 11 digs and five blocks over the weekend. Senior Sanja Tomasevic and sophomore Christal Morrison were also named to the all-tournament team. Tomasevic averaged 2.75 kills per game, 1.75 digs per game and 1.12 blocks per game, while Morrison led the team with 4.12 kpg and a .552 average.

UW WINS SHARE OF NIKE INVITATIONAL: The Huskies went 2-0 at the Nike Invitational to share a portion of the tournament title with Oregon State, who also went undefeated. Washington defeated Davidson and Portland in straight sets. Junior setter Courtney Thompson was named the tournament Most Valuable Player, while senior middle blocker Darla Myhre was also selected to the all-tournament team. Thompson averaged 13.67 assists per game and 2.00 dig per game. Myhre averaged 1.50 kills per game, 1.17 blocks per game and hit at a .538 clip. Other top UW performers included Sanja Tomasevic with 4.83 kpg and 2.00 bpg and Brie Hagerty with 4.75 kpg.

UW WINS HUSKY CHALLENGE: Washington opened the season with 3-0 sweeps over Gardener-Webb and Montana State to win the Husky Challenge, Aug. 27. The Huskies broke four records in the season-opener vs. Gardner-Webb and broke or tied two of those records the next day vs. Montana State. UW defeated GWU in straight sets on Aug. 26 and broke the NCAA record for consecutive serves when Courtney Thompson led the Huskies on an 18-0 run in the first game and served 18 times in a row. The previous record was 17 serves set in 2004. Washington won the first game 30-8, marking the least number of points allowed by UW in a single game since rally scoring was introduced in 2001. The Huskies broke the school record for least number of points allowed in a match (31) as well with the 30-8, 30-11, 30-12 victory. Washington also broke for UW record for hitting percentage when the Huskies combined for a .537 clip. The team broke the hitting percentage record the next night with a .566 average and tied the record for least number of points in a game when they held Montana State to just eight points in the first game.

HUSKIES PICKED TO DEFEND PAC-10 TITLE: Washington, coming off its first Pac-10 title in 2004, was picked to repeat last season's performance by a vote of the league's coaches. The Huskies, who were one of three teams to represent the Pac-10 in last year's Final Four, picked up five more points than second-place and 2004 NCAA Champion Stanford. Washington also claimed eight of the 10 first-place votes, with the Cardinal receiving the other two. Stanford's 83 points were trailed by USC, picked third with 68 points. Arizona, who made its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance last season, held fourth position with 67 points. UCLA was selected in the fifth slot after receiving 63 points, followed by California with 53 points. Rounding out the poll were Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State, respectively.

COACH Jim McLaughlin: Jim McLaughlin is in his fifth year with Washington volleyball program and is coming off a record season in which he guided the Huskies to their first-ever Final Four appearance and Pacific-10 Conference championship. McLaughlin was named the 2004 National Coach of the Year and received the Pacific Region and Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards. McLaughlin joined the Washington program in 2001 and inherited a team that finished last in the Pac-10 standings in 2000. In four seasons, he has led the Huskies to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including the 2004 national semifinal, and has built Washington into one of the nation's premier volleyball programs. A 15-year veteran head coach, McLaughlin has proven his ability to recruit talented student-athletes and cultivate championship programs. He has made 14 appearances in the NCAA postseason, including four with Kansas State, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000. He also spent seven seasons as the men's head coach at USC, where he won the 1990 national championship and finished as runner-up in 1991. At Washington, McLaughlin has the same lofty goals. The program has made tremendous strides in just four short years, ranking No. 1 for seven weeks last season. McLaughlin has developed five All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans and 15 All-Conference players in that time. McLaughlin has a 112-40 record at UW over four seasons, a 194-83 career record as a women's coach (8 years) and 336-158 career record at the college level (men's and women's teams, 15 years).

UW FIELDS FOUR ALL-AMERICANS: Washington is the only program in the country to field four All-Americans in 2005. The Huskies return All-American outside hitters Sanja Tomasevic and Christal Morrison, setter Courtney Thompson and libero Candace Lee.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 17-player Washington roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and five returning starters, plus the libero. The 2005 team includes six seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and five freshmen. The team represents six states and three countries, including Washington (5), California (3), Hawaii (2), Oregon (1), Indiana (1), Ohio (1), British Columbia (1) and Serbia & Montenegro (2).

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2004 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Washington finished the 2004 season with a 28-3 record and won its first Pacific-10 Conference Championship with a 16-2 record. The Huskies set program records for best start and consecutive wins when it opened the season with 22 straight victories. Washington made its first national semifinal appearance where it lost to eventual national champion Stanford in the national semifinal match. Three players earned All-America honors, including first team setter Courtney Thompson, second team outside hitter Christal Morrison and honorable mention libero Candace Lee. Five Huskies were named to the All-Pac-10 teams including first team selections Thompson, Morrison, Lee and Brie Hagerty and honorable mention pick Darla Myhre. Morrison was the Pacific Region and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and head coach Jim McLaughlin was the National Coach of the Year. Washington boasted the highest attendance average in the conference and fifth-highest in the country with 3,211 fans per game. The Huskies had over 5,000 in the stands twice.


#2 Alesha Deesing

2005 (SOPHOMORE): All-Pacific Region honorable mention ...first team All-Pac-10 selection ... has played in 93 games and 30 matches, making 30 starts ...averages 2.57 kpg, 1.30 bpg and 3.32 ppg and ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .405 hitting percentage ...ranks third in the Pac-10 with 1.30 bpg, which ranks 10th on the UW single-season list ... is on pace to set the UW career hitting percentage record with a .395 clip ... ranks seventh on the UW all-time career points list (3.03 ppg) ... has seven double-digit kill performances including a season-best 15 kills vs. Arizona (Oct. 27) to tie a career-high ...had 13 kills vs. USC (Nov. 11) and 12 at Hawaii (Sept. 17) and at Oregon (Oct. 21) ...has hit .500 or better 12 times and .700 or better four times ...has had six or more blocks seven times including a career-high nine stuffs vs. California (Oct. 7) ...has six errorless matches, including the first three matches of the season and the NCAA second round match vs. Colorado State ...had three aces vs. North Dakota State.

#3 Courtney Thompson

2005 (JUNIOR): College Station Regional All-Tournament Team ... second team Academic All-American ... All-Pacific Region ... first team All-Pac-10 selection ... Pac-10 Player of the Week Sept. 19) ...Academic All-District ...Pac-10 All-Academic first team ...Nike Invitational MVP ...Doublewood Classic MVP ...has started all 102 games and 31 matches ... leads nation with 14.83 apg ...also averages 2.44 dpg, 0.59 bpg and 0.81 ppg ...the all-time career assists leader at UW (4,746), which ranks sixth on the Pac-10 all-time list ...ranks third on the team with 27 aces and set a NCAA record this season when she served 18 consecutive points vs. Gardner-Webb ... had four aces vs. Gardner-Webb (Aug. 26) and three vs. Montana State (Aug. 27) ... has tallied 71 assists three times (Oct. 8 at Stanford, Nov. 4 vs. California, Nov. 11 at UCLA) to tie her career-high ...has 10 matches with double-figure digs, including 20 at California (Oct. 7) and 14 at Stanford (Oct. 8).

#4 Carolyn Farny

2005 (JUNIOR): Has played in 13 games and 12 matches ... averages 1.00 kpg, 0.29 dpg, 0.29 bpg and 1.14 ppg ...had two kills in each of her first three appearances ...had three kills vs. Sam Houston State (Sept. 10) and Arizona State (Sept. 30) ...had a kill and dig vs. Siena (Dec. 2) in the NCAA first round ...has four blocks.

#8 Ashley Aratani

2005 (SOPHOMORE): Has appeared in 90 games and 30 matches ...averages 0.23 aces, 0.24 digs and 0.23 points per game ...has 21 aces, including six matches with two aces ...has 22 digs, including a season-best four digs vs. Wisconsin in the regional championship.

#9 Christal Morrison

2005 (SOPHOMORE): College Station Regional MVP ... All-Pacific Region ... first team All-Pac-10 selection ... Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ...Doublewood Classic All-Tournament Team ...has played in 101 games and has started all 31 matches ... second in the league with 0.53 service aces per game ... her 53 aces rank third on the UW single-season list ... ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with a .343 hitting percentage, sixth in the conference with 5.20 points per game and 4.30 kills per game ... also averages 2.27 dpg and 0.71 bpg ... has 24 double-digit kill performances and eight double-doubles ... has notched 20 or more kills four times, including 26 kills at Stanford (Oct. 8), 24 kills vs. California (Nov. 4), 21 kills vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 10) and 20 kills at UCLA (Nov. 12).

#10 Brie Hagerty

2005 (SENIOR); Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... has played in 97 games and all 31 matches ... ranks third on the team with 3.63 kpg and 3.94 ppg ... also averages 0.68 dpg and 0.55 bpg ... has 23 double-figure kill performances and has recorded 15 or more kills seven times ... ranks eighth on the UW career kills list (1,202) and is just the third Husky to amass 1,000 career points (1,311.5) ... had 23 kills at California (Oct. 7) and 20 kills at Arizona (Oct. 27) ... had seven blocks at Arizona State (Oct. 28) and six blocks vs. UCLA (Oct. 13).

#11 Darla Myhre

2005 (SENIOR): Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team ... has played in 99 games and has started all 31 matches ... leads the team and Pac-10 with a .409 hitting percentage ...ranks fifth in the conference with 1.27 bpg ... also averages 1.78 kpg and 2.45 ppg ... ranks third on the UW all-time lists for block assists (439), total blocks (462) and blocks per game (1.29) ... ranks fifth on the UW all-time career points list (930.5) ... has 16 matches with four or more blocks and two matches with eight blocks (at California on Oct. 7 and vs. USC on Oct. 14) ... had eight matches with eight or more kills, including nine vs. Sam Houston State (Sept. 10), and California (Nov. 4).

#14 Candace Lee

2005 (SENIOR): Second team Academic All-American ... All-Pacific Region ...first team All-Pac-10 selection ... Academic All-District first team ... Pac-10 All-Academic first team ... has played all 102 games and 31 matches ... UW career digs leader (2,012) and ranks second on the Pac-10 all-time list ... ranks third in the Pac-10 with 4.94 dpg, which ranks second on the UW single-season list ... anchors a defense that leads the Pac-10 with a .133 opponent hitting percentage and has held its opponents to a negative hitting percentage four times ... has recorded double-digit digs in 27 of 31 matches, despite just five matches going beyond three games ... has notched 20 or more digs 10 times, including 35 digs at USC (Nov. 11), 28 digs at Arizona (Oct. 27) and 27 digs at California (Oct. 7) and at UCLA (Nov. 12) ... is on pace to become the Pac-10 all-time leader in career digs per game (4.67 dpg).

#15 Danka Danicic

2005 (SENIOR): Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ... has played in all 102 games and 31 matches ... averages 2.20 dpg and 0.24 sapg ... fourth on team with 24 aces, including four at Arizona State (Sept. 30) ... has six double-figure dig performances, including 14 digs at California (Oct. 7), 13 digs at Stanford (Oct. 8), 11 digs vs. UCLA (Oct. 13), at Colorado State (Dec. 3) and vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 10) and 10 digs vs. Arizona (Oct. 1) ... has had nine digs three times ... had four aces vs. Arizona State (Sept. 30) and three aces vs. Siena (Dec. 2) in the NCAA first round.

#19 Jessica Veris

2005 (SENIOR): Has played in nine games and seven matches after being sidelined at the beginning of the season with an injury ... made her first appearance of the season at California (Oct. 7) where she had a block assist ...had two kills on four swings at Oregon State (Oct. 22) .. had a kill, two digs and two blocks at Arizona State (Oct. 28) ...had a kill and a block at UCLA (Nov. 12) ...had a kill, an ace and block vs. Washington State on Senior Night (Nov. 25) ...had a kill vs. Siena in the NCAA first round (Dec. 2).

#21 Sanja Tomasevic

2005 (SENIOR): College Station Regional All-Tournament Team ... All-Pacific Region ...Pac-10 Player of the Year ...first team All-Pac-10 selection ...National Player of the Week (Oct. 10) ...Pac-10 Player of the Week (Oct. 10) ...Doublewood Inn Classic All-Tournament Team ...second team Academic All-District ...Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention ...ranks fourth in the league in kills (4.53 kpg) and points (5.44 ppg) ... also ranks fifth in hitting percentage (.360) and ninth in blocks (1.12 bpg) ...holds the school records for career kills (1,771), aces (155) and points (2,131.0) ... ranks fourth on the UW all-time career charts in digs (1,196) and fifth in block assists (324) and total blocks (367) ... one of only three Huskies all-time to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs ...has 25 double-figure kill performances, including five matches with 20 or more kills ...had a season-best 31 kills at UCLA (Nov. 12) ...had nine double-digit dig performances and nine double-doubles.

#22 Jill Collymore

2005 (FRESHMAN): Has played in 19 games and 13 matches ...averages 1.89 kpg, 0.42 sapg, 0.37 dpg, 0.37 bpg and 2.50 ppg ... had five kills and three aces in her collegiate debut vs. Gardner-Webb (Aug. 26) ...had five kills and two aces the next night vs. Montana State ...posted a season-best eight kills vs. North Dakota State, while picking up three digs ...had seven kills vs. Sam Houston State (Sept. 10), while hitting .636 (7-0-11).

#24 Jessica Swarbrick

2005 (FRESHMAN): Has played in 35 games and 20 matches ...averages 1.29 kpg, 0.94 bpg and 1.79 ppg ...had five kills on five swings in her collegiate debut vs. Gardner-Webb (Aug. 26) ... had four kills on five swings with no errors the next night vs. Montana State ...posted a career-high seven kills vs. Sam Houston State (Sept. 10) ... had six kills and six blocks vs. California (Nov. 4).

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