Washington Takes First at Gonzaga Tournament
Sept. 1, 2007
SPOKANE - Senior All-American Christal Morrison was named MVP, and the No. 8 Washington volleyball team took first place at the four-team Gonzaga tournament after sweeping Boise State and Morgan State on Saturday. Washington went 3-0 in the two-day tournament, which included a sweep of host Gonzaga on Friday night, to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Morrison, who is the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, claimed MVP honors after hitting .358 and finishing with 31 kills, 14 digs and six blocks over the Huskies three games. Joining Morrison on the All-Tournament team were junior Jessica Swarbrick and freshman Becky Perry.
Against Boise State, senior Stevie Mussie had a match-high 18 kills and had a .424 hitting percentage as UW won 30-18, 30-17, 30-19. Perry tallied 11 kills while hitting .525, and Morrison added 10 kills.
Washington outhit the Broncos .413 to .037, and also had 48 kills to just 31 for Boise State. Freshman Jenna Hagglund had 41 assists, her fifth straight game with over 40 assists, and sophomore Tamari Miyashiro led UW with 17 digs.
The Huskies dominated at the net as they racked up 12 team blocks. Swarbrick had eight blocks to lead all players.
Arlee Tamietti led BSU with nine kills, while teammate Mandy Klein had a team-high 25 assists.
On Saturday evening, Washington swept Morgan State by scores of 30-23, 30-19, 30-12. The Huskies have now swept all six matches that they have played.
Perry paced Washington against the Bears, leading all players with 22 kills, while hitting .429. Morrison added nine kills and five digs, and freshman Kindra Carlson also had nine kills. The Huskies hit .373 as a team and held Morgan State to just a .070 hitting clip.
Senior Alison Simmons had a team season-best 51 assists for UW in her first action of the season and also had eight digs. Miyashiro led Washington with nine digs, while Mussie added seven kills.
For Morgan State, Jeniqua Moran had eight kills and Ivanti Bush had a match-high 11 digs.
Washington now travels to Long Beach, Calif. to participate in the Long Beach State Tournament. The Huskies will face the host 49ers on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., before taking on Florida State the following day. That match is also at 7 p.m.