Morrison & Thompson Named ASICS All-Americans

Jan. 24, 2007

SEATTLE-- University of Washington volleyball players Courtney Thompson and Christal Morrison have been selected to the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Volleyball All-America first team. It marks the second first team All-America awards for the duo who also picked up AVCA honors last month.

Thompson, a senior setter, has earned five All-America awards over the last three seasons. She is also a two-time Academic All-American and captained the Huskies to three consecutive trips to the NCAA national semifinal, including the 2005 championship.

Thompson, the 2005 Honda award winner and 2006 finalist, concludes her career as the most decorated Husky of all-time. She set the Pacific-10 Conference record with 6552 career assists, which ranks third on the NCAA all-time list. Thompson also set the NCAA record with 14.56 assists per game and became just the second player in Pac-10 history to amass 6,000 career assists.

She led the nation in assists per game (14.50) for the second straight year and paced Washington to the second-best hitting percentage in the league (.281). Thompson guided Washington to .400 hitting percentages or better six times and had 11 double-figure dig performances, becoming just the sixth player in Husky history to record 1,000-plus career digs.

She closes out her career holding the school record for games played, starting all 450 games during her four years. This four-time team captain also holds the career school records for assists (6,552) and assists per game (14.56), and ranks sixth in hitting percentage (.331) and digs (1,059).

Morrison, a junior outside hitter has earned four All-America awards over the last two seasons. The 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Morrison ranked second in the Pac-10 with 4.56 kills per game and 5.26 points per game. She led or tied for the team lead in kills 17 times, had 29 double-figure kill performances and 17 double-doubles. Morrison was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week three times this season, becoming just the ninth athlete in conference history to win the award three times in one year. She was also selected as the National Player of the Week.

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