Fifth-Ranked UW Hosts No. 4 USC and No. 7 UCLA This Week

Oct. 16, 2007

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SEATTLE - One week after facing two nationally-ranked teams on the road, the No. 5 Washington volleyball team (17-!, 6-1 Pac-10) takes on two more Top 25 teams when they host No. 4 USC and No. 7 UCLA this week. First up is the seventh-ranked Bruins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The following night, UW plays host to the fourth-ranked Trojans, also at 7 p.m. The two matches will close out the first half of Pac-10 play for the Huskies, who are tied with Stanford for first place in the Pac-10.

The Huskies return home this week to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena, where they have won 36 straight matches and are 43-1 over the past three-plus seasons. Out of those 36 wins, Washington has swept 22 of those matches.

Washington is looking to set a new single-game attendance record when they host No. 4 USC on Friday night. The current record is 6,846, set on Dec. 8, 2006, in a 3-0 sweep of Ohio State in an NCAA Regional Semifinal match. The all-time regular season attendance mark was set last year against Washington State, when 6,216 fans watched UW sweep past the Cougars.

GameTracker, which features live stats by CSTV, is available for both games this week. Go to the UW Volleyball schedule on and click on the link for the game that day. A link to GameTracker will be in the box to the right of the schedule. The matchup against UCLA will be televised by FSN on tape delay on Saturday, Oct. 20. Check your local listings for the air time.

For the first time this season, the Huskies are ranked somewhere else besides No. 8. After going 1-1 last week against two Top-10 teams, UW moved up to No. 5 in this week's 2007 CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll (Oct. 15). Washington had been ranked No. 8 in each of the previous eight CSTV/AVCA polls. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW remained at No. 4. Nebraska (16-0) continues to hold the top spot in both polls. Despite losing their first match of the season to then No. 10 California, the Huskies were able to move up in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll due to their 3-2 win over previously undefeated Stanford, which was ranked No. 2 at the time.

The Bruins (15-3, 5-2 Pac-10) split a pair of conference road matches last week, defeating No. 19 Oregon, 3-1, before losing 3-2 to Oregon State. The loss to unranked Oregon State dropped the Bruins out of the top five in the CSTV/AVCA poll for the first time since Nov. 13, 2006. UCLA is led by junior OH Ali Daley (4.12 kpg), junior OH Kaitlin Sather (3.35 kpg) and senior OH/MB Rachell Johnson (3.34 kpg).

While UCLA leads the all-time series 40-11, the Huskies have won five of the past seven meetings between the two school's. Last season, UCLA and UW split their two games as each team won at home. UCLA rallied for a 3-2 win in Los Angeles (30-28, 30-23, 21-30, 29-31, 13-15), while the Huskies prevailed in Seattle, 3-1 (28-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-27).

Come catch the No. 5 Huskies take on No. 4 USC and No. 7 UCLA this week. Single-game tickets are on sale through the Husky Ticket Office at 206/543-2200 or by clicking here to purchase online.

The fourth-ranked Trojans (16-2, 5-2 Pac-10) swept both of their Pac-10 matches last weekend, defeating Oregon and Oregon State on the road. USC senior OH Asia Kaczor earned second-team All-America honors last season and is the Trojans top returning player. On the season, she is averaging 4.38 kpg, which is good for fourth in the Pac-10, and 5.10 ppg, which is good for third in the conference.

USC leads the all-time series 32-13, but Washington has won four of the past six meetings. Last season, the two team's split their two matches, with each team winning at home. USC won in four games (30-28, 27-30, 21-30, 28-30) in Los Angeles, while the Huskies won in four games in Seattle (30-18, 30-25, 27-30, 30-21).

The Huskies have swept 14 of their 18 matches so far this season. UW, which opened the season with six straight sweeps, had lost just three games all season before losing a combined five games last week against Cal and Stanford. Both matches against the Golden Bears and the Cardinal went to five games, marking just the third time this season that UW has been taken to five games.

The Huskies rank among the top-30 in the nation in five different statistical categories, including fourth in hitting percentage at .314. Washington also ranks among the top-30 in winning percentage (4th-tie/0.944), blocks per game (21st/3.13 bpg), kills per game (26th/16.31 kpg), and assists per game (28th/14.98).

After playing four straight games against teams ranked in the Top-10, the Huskies will play just one match next week, hosting unranked Washington State on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Earlier this season in Pullman, UW swept the Cougars (30-22, 30-18, 30-24). UW finishes the season with seven of their final 11 games against ranked opponents.

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