Big Week Looms Ahead For No. 4 UW
Nov. 7, 2007
SEATTLE - A big week looms ahead for the fourth-ranked Washington volleyball team (22-1, 11-1 Pac-10) as they host No. 5 Stanford and No. 7 California this Thursday and Friday. First up is the Cardinal (22-2, 11-2 Pac-10) on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by California (19-5, 9-4 Pac-10) the next night, also at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears handed the UW its only loss earlier this season in Berkeley, Calif.
The Huskies return home this week to Bank of America Arena where they have won a school-record 39 straight matches and are 46-1 at home from 2004 through this season. Since the start of the 2003 season, the UW is 56-4 at home.
Stanford had been ranked No. 2 for much of the season until the Huskies knocked them off in Palo Alto, Calif., back on Oct. 12. Since then, the Cardinal has also lost to USC, but remains in the Pac-10 title hunt, one game back of the Huskies in second place.
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The Cardinal are led by junior MB Foluke Akinradewo, junior OH Cynthia Barboza, freshman OH Alix Klineman and senior S Bryn Kehoe. Akinradewo and Barboza were First Team AVCA All-Americans last year, while Kehoe was a second team selection. Akinradewo leads the NCAA in hitting percentage at .483 while Kehoe leads the NCAA in assists at 14.10 apg.
Stanford leads the all-time series 41-9. Since 2003, the UW holds a 6-5 lead including their win at Stanford earlier this year. Washington is 5-9 against Stanford under Jim McLaughlin.
The Golden Bears, meanwhile, have won three in a row, including sweeps at Oregon and Oregon State last weekend. The other win was at UCLA, which marked the first time ever that California had defeated the Bruins in Los Angeles. The Golden Bears are the only team that has defeated Washington this season, as they rallied from a two game deficit for the 3-2 win at home. Senior OH Angie Pressey (3.89 kpg) and sophomore OH Hana Cutura (3.88 kpg) lead Cal's offense, while sophomore MH Kat Reilly is a big factor in the Golden Bear's defense, averaging 1.71 bpg.
The Huskies lead the all-time series, 26-22, and had won six in a row over Cal until the Golden Bears' defeated them earlier this season. Washington is 8-4 against Cal under McLaughlin.
Washington remained at No. 4 for the third straight week in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 5). The Huskies received 1,335 point this week, which included four first place votes. This is the second straight week that the UW has received four first place votes. In the Molten/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Top 20 Poll, UW remaied No. 3 while tallying first place votes for the second week in a row.
The Huskies rank among the top-30 in the nation in five different statistical categories, including sixth in hitting percentage at .310. Washington also ranks among the top-30 in winning percentage (2nd/0.957), blocks per game (13th/3.21 bpg), kills per game (21st/16.47 kpg), and assists per game (25th/15.21).
Washington has consistently had one of the nation's best offenses under McLaughlin and this year is no exception. Five UW players are hitting .250 or better (minimum 50 kills), and four of them are hitting better than .300. Two Huskies are currently among the best in the nation in hitting percentage, including Jessica Swarbrick (14th/.392) and Becky Perry (21st/.379). Not only are the Huskies second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage with a .310 mark, they are also sixth nationally.
You can catch your Huskies in action on GoHuskies.com. All UW home matches are broadcast on the Dawg Channel All-Access. Also available for both matches is GameTracker, which features live stats by CSTV. Go to the UW Volleyball schedule on gohuskies.com and click on the match that you want to watch.