Huskies Hit the Road For Gonzaga Tournament

Aug. 28, 2007

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THIS WEEK: The No. 8 Washington volleyball team hits the road for the two-day Gonzaga Tournament in Spokane, Wash. The tourament will feature four teams, and will be a six-match round-robin format. On Friday, Aug. 31, the Huskies play host Gonzaga at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 1, UW faces Boise State at 11 a.m., and then takes on Morgan State at 5 p.m.

UW IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Washington volleyball team remained ranked No. 8 in the 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll (Aug. 27), after earning that spot in the Preseason Coaches Poll on Aug. 14. The Huskies received 1,086 points this week. Nebraska remained in the top spot, followed by Stanford, Penn State, USC, UCLA, Texas, Florida, UW, Minnesota and Wisconsin to round out the Top Ten. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW dropped down one spot to No. 7 this week.

WASHINGTON SWEEPS THROUGH HUSKY CLASSIC: Washington opened up the 2007 season by sweeping all three of its matches in the Husky Classic this past Friday and Saturday. The host Huskies defeated San Francisco on Friday night 3-0 by scores of 30-21, 30-20, 30-20. On Saturday morning, UW downed Fresno State 3-0 by scores of 30-18, 30-16, 30-22. Finally, Washington closed out the tournament on Saturday night by defeating Cal State Northridge 3-0 (30-20, 30-17, 30-15). The Huskies were statistically better in every category than their oppoennts during the Husky Classic. UW hit .334 as a team and totaled 154 kills in the three matches while holding their opponents to just a .088 hitting percentage and 93 kills. Washington also had more assists (131 to 87), more service aces (14 to 5), more digs (151 to 128) and more blocks (53 to 20) than their three opponents combined.

MULTI-TALENTED MORRISON: Senior outside hitter Christal Morrison is coming off her best season yet in a Huskies uniform, earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors after leading the Huskies to a tie for second-place in the Pac-10, and the school's third straight NCAA seminfinal appearance. Morrison finished second on the team last weekend in both kills (35) and digs (33). Heading into her final season, Morrison's name is scattered throughout the UW career record book. She currently is second all-time in points (1,662.0), fourth in kills (1,422) and total attacks (3,530), eighth in service aces (105), and 10th in digs (877). Her career 4.35 kills per game average is third best in Husky history, and her 2.68 digs per game average in tied for seventh best.

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DAZZLING DEESING: Senior middle blocker Alesha Deesing, a two-time first team All-Pac-10 pick and a second team All-American last year, hit .344 and averaged 2.17 kpg last weekend, despite playing in only six of the game games. She currently sits second in the UW record book for career hitting percentage (.380) behind teammate Jessica Swarbrick (.387). She also ranks seventh in the career record book in blocks per game (1.12) and points (719.0), tenth in points per game (3.03), and tied for tenth in block assists (246.)

STELLAR SWARBRICK: Junior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick (El Dorado, Calif.), a 2006 AVCA third team All-American and first team All-Pac-10 pick, averaged 3.33 kpg while hitting .489 last weekend at the Husky Classic. She also led the Huskies in blocks with 17, while averaging 1.89 bpg. Last year, she led the team with a .397 hitting percentage, which ranks sixth on the UW single-season list. She averaged 2.67 kpg and led UW with 1.47 bpg, which ranked fifth in the conference. Swarbrick led Washington, or tied for the team lead, in blocks 19 times.

TENACIOUS TAMARI: Sophomore Tamari Miyashiro (L/S, Kaneohe, Hawaii) had a great start to the 2007 season last weekend, leading the Huskies with 50 digs and a 5.56 dpg average. She also had a team-leading six service aces. Last season, she anchored the UW defense with 5.57 dpg and led the team in digs 28 times in 2006. Miyashiro was named to the NCAA Seattle Regional all-tournament team and was a Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection. Miyashiro ranked third in the Pac-10 overall last season in digs per game, while her 5.57 dpg average ranks second on the UW single-season all-time list and tops the career chart.

POWERFUL PERRY: Redshirt freshman Becky Perry (OH, Austin, Texas) had a stellar debut for the Purple and Gold last weekend in the Husky Classic. Perry led UW with 39 kills and a 5.57 kpg average in the three matches, despite playing in only seven games. She hit an astounding .485 for the weekend, and racked up a tournament-high 22 kills in the Huskies win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday night. She also added nine digs and eight blocks on the weekend.

HUSTLIN' HAGGLUND: Freshman Jenna Hagglund (S, West Chester, Ohio) started all three matches for UW at setter during the Husky Classic and totalled a tournament-high 131 assists and a 14.56 apg average. Hagglund, who graduated from high school early last year to practice with the team last spring, also had 18 digs and eight blocks on the weekend.

FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Redshirt freshman Becky Perry, and true freshman Jenna Hagglund and Kindra Carlson (OH/MB, Eaton, Colo.) each played a big role in the Huskies' three wins last weekend. Perry and Hagglund started all three matches, while Carlson came off the bench to play in eight games. Carlson finished the Husky Classic with 18 kills and a .500 hitting average, to go with her eight blocks.

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