Three Huskies Earn All-America Honors

Dec. 12, 2007

SEATTLE - Three Washington volleyball players were named All-Americans today, as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Senior outside hitter Christal Morrison earned her second-straight first team honor, while Jessica Swarbrick was a second team pick and Tamari Miyashiro was a third team honoree.

Morrison finished her career as the only Husky to be named a four-time AVCA All-American. As a freshman she was a second team selection and then followed that up with a third team pick a year later. The past two seasons she has been a First Team All-American.

Morrison leaves the UW as the school's all-time leader in kills and attacks and is easily the most decorated Husky volleyball player ever. This season she paced the Huskies in kills (4.12 kpg) and points (4.96 ppg) and hit .273 while averaging 2.61 digs per game. She finished ranked fifth in the Pac-10 in points and eighth in kills.

Swarbrick, a junior middle blocker, earned her second-straight All-American award after being a third team pick a year ago. Her .413 hitting percentage was second in the Pac-10 and ninth nationally while her average of 1.42 blocks per game was fourth in the Pac-10 and 34th-best in the nation.

Miyashiro earned her first All-American award. The sophomore libero proved herself as one of the nation's best back-row defenders this year, averaging 5.65 digs per game, which was second in the Pac-10 and 32nd in the country.

All three players recently were named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region First Team. They helped the Huskies to a 27-4 record and a sixth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

This is the sixth straight season that the Huskies have had a player named an All-American. They have won a total of 21 AVCA All-American awards, including 14 over the past four seasons and 16 since head coach Jim McLaughlin came to Montalke in 2001. Twelve of the Huskies' honorees have been first team selections.

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