Volleyball Touches Down in Hawai'i for Three Matches

Sept. 9, 2008

Huskies Head to Hawai'i
The ninth-ranked Washington volleyball team heads to Hawai'i for the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, where it will play in three matches Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 11-13. Thursday, the Huskies will take on Pacific (0-4) at 8pm PT. Friday, the Dawgs face St. Mary's (6-0) at 8pm PT. Saturday holds the marquee match-up between Washington and host Hawai'i with first serve slated for 10pm PT.

Last Time Out
Washington won its own tournament, the Northwest Challenge, held in the Bank of America Arena, Sept. 4-5. The Huskies remain perfect on the season, sweeping Gonzaga, Boise State and Portland State in the tournament. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro was named tournament MVP, while outside hitters Jill Collymore and Becky Perry were named to the All-Tournament team (more info on page 2).

Scouting the Tigers
The Pacific Tigers are 0-4 so far on the season, with losses to Western Michigan, Florida, Oregon State and Pepperdine. Offensively, the Tigers are led by junior outside hitter Mallori Gibson, who is averaging 3.93 kps with a .219 attack percentage. On the defensive side, junior libero Dancyne Kama paces the Tigers with 4.07 digs per set. In 2007, Pacific carried a record of 18-9. The Tigers are coached by Charlie Wade, who is in his third season at Pacific.

About the Series
Washington and Pacific have met nine times in the past with the Tigers holding the series edge, 6-3. The series dates back to 1980, when the Tigers downed the Huskies, 3-0, on Halloween. The teams last met on Nov. 30, 2002, when Washington defeated Pacific, 3-0.

Scouting the Gaels
Saint Mary's is a perfect 6-0 this season and just three wins shy of tying the program's best start in history. The Gaels defeated Sacramento State in a five-set thriller last weekend to clinch the Sacramento State tournament title, their second title in as many weeks. On offense, Megan York provides the most firepower with a 4.05 kps average and a .285 hitting percentage. Kapua Kamana'o leads the team in assists with 12.05 per set while York and Kelly Huston pace the Gaels in digs with 3.36 and 3.43 per set, respectively. Saint Mary's is coached by fourth-year head coach Rob Browning.

About the Series
The Gaels and the Huskies have met only once before way back in 1999. On Sept. 10, 1999, Washington downed Saint Mary's in a quick three-set match, 15-3, 15-1, 15-6.

Scouting the Rainbow Wahine
Tenth-ranked Hawai'i is 4-2 on the season so far with tough losses to defending national champion Penn State and UCLA. The Rainbow Wahine won their own tournament last weekend, defeating Cincinatti, No. 12 Minnesota and Wyoming en route to the title. Freshman outside hitter Kanani Herring was named Most Outstanding Player and outside hitters Aneli Cubi-Otineru and Tara Hittle were named to the all-tournament team. Jamie Houston and Herring pace the Wahine in hitting, with Houston averaging 3.41 kps and Herring just behind with 3.40 kps. Hittle leads the team in digs (3.10 dps) and Amber Kaufman leads the Wahine in blocks (0.95 bps).

About the Series
The series between Hawaii and Washington dates back to 1979, when the Dawgs fell to the Wahine in the national championships, 2-0. Since then, the teams have met nine more times, with Hawaii holding the all-time series advantage, 7-3. The Wahine and the Huskies last met Sept. 16-17, 2005, with the Dawgs sweeping both matches, 3-0.

Huskies in the National Rankings
Washington is the lone Pac-10 team ranked nationally in aces per set, with the Huskies averaging 2.67 service aces per set, the fourth-best average in the country. As a team, Washington is also ranked in blocks per set (No. 34, 2.60 bps), hitting percentage (No. 5, .327) and winning percentage (T-No. 1, 1.000) Individually, junior outside hitter Airial Salvo is currently No. 2 in the nation in aces per set (1.08) with junior outside hitter Jill Collymore coming in at No. 8 in the same category (0.86). Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is tied for 10th in the country in assists per set (11.53), rounding out the Huskies appearing in the latest national rankings (9/708).

They're Honored, Part Deux
Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro and outside hitters Jill Collymore and Becky Perry were each named to the Northwest Challenge All-Tournament team. Miyashiro was named Tournament MVP for her athletic plays in all three matches. The junior libero tallied 35 digs over three matches for a 3.89 average. She also chipped in eight assists. Collymore broke almost every career match high she owned. Against Gonzaga, the junior outside hitter served an incredible five straight service aces, followed by a sixth one play later for a new personal best. Collymore also set new career highs in kills (21 vs. Portland State), digs (11 vs. Portland State) and points (22.5 vs. Portland State) as well as tying her career-best in attacks (39 vs. Portland State). Perry hit .438 combined over the three matches, managing 29 kills on 48 swings. The sophomore hitter averaged 3.22 kills per set and set a new career high in digs with 11 against Portland State.

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