Morrison, Huskies, Sweep Past New Orleans
Sept. 15, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior All-American Christal Morrison pounded out 13 kills, hit .522 and had four service aces to lead the No. 8 Washington volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of New Orleans on Saturday morning at the Northern Florida/Jacksonville Classic. Washington finished the three-day tournament with a 3-0 record, and is now 11-0 on the season. New Orleans fell to 6-6.
Morrison finished with a double-double in kills and digs (11), as UW won 30-22, 30-21, 30-8. The eight points that the Huskies gave up in game three were the fewest they have allowed since a 30-7 win in game three against Arizona State on Oct. 28, 2005.
'Coming out in the morning early like this really put us to the test,' commented Morrison on the Huskies 11 a.m. ET match this morning. 'But we were ready and we stayed on top and focused through the whole match.'
Washington finished the match with season-lows of 41 kills and a .255 hitting percentage, but the Huskies did side out at 100 percent in their 30-8 game three win, the first time they have done that this season.
'New Orleans played with us in the first game,' said UW head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'They put pressure on us and we lost our composure in game one. But we regained it and played steady and composed in games two and three.'
Becky Perry was the only other UW player to reach double-digits in kills, as she finished with 10 and a .304 hitting percentage. Jenna Hagglund led all players with 25 assists, Alison Simmons added 11 assists, while Tamari Miyashiro had a match-high 24 digs.
UW limited New Orleans to a -.017 hitting mark, the lowest the Huskies have allowed this season. Lauren Loeffelholz led the Privateers with seven kills, while Jaci Bayley had 22 assists.
McLaughlin and the Huskies finished the preseason portion of their schedule with an unblemished record, and has lost just one game all season so far. The Huskies have swept 10 of their 11 matches.
'We completed the first phase of this season,' said McLaughlin. 'I thought we trained well in August and we made progress through the eleven matches so far. Now we enter the second phase of our season and we need to continue to train well and improve through Pac-10 play.'
'We will worry about the third phase, the postseason, when that comes. I like where we're at right now. We just have to get back to practice and have another good week of training.'
Washington opens Pac-10 play on the road at Oregon next Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. Last season against the Ducks, UW won in four games (26-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-27) at home, and in five games (30-15, 28-30, 30-25, 29-31, 16-14) in Eugene.