Sixth-Ranked Volleyball Heads To Bay Area To Face No. 5 Stanford, No. 4 Cal
Oct. 29, 2008
Setting The Scene: Facing Stanford And Cal
Sixth-ranked Washington heads to the Bay Area to take on the only two teams to sweep the Huskies this season. First up, the Dawgs face Stanford on Halloween, followed by a match-up with Cal on Sunday. The Bay Area pair visited the Bank of America Arena on Oct. 3 and 5, and both swept the Huskies, 3-0. It was Stanford's first sweep of Washington in Seattle since 1999.
Last Time Out
Washington downed in-state rival Washington State last Friday, 3-0, at home in the Bank of America Arena, extending its winning streak to five matches. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund managed 42 assists in the three set effort, and set up five players to hit over .400. Sophomore Kindra Carlson led the attack with 11 kills on 19 swings (.579) and three block assists. Junior Jill Collymore recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 13 kills (.440) and 11 digs, while senior Jessica Swarbrick managed nine kills (.538) and a solo block plus three block assists. Hagglund helped out her own cause, notching four kills of her own and an .800 attack percentage. The Huskies were also solid defensively, with Tamari Miyashiro picking up 14 digs and the team contributing 12 block assists.
Scouting The Cardinal
Fifth-ranked Stanford is coming off a pair of 3-1 road victories over then-No. 14 USC and then-No. 10 UCLA. The Cardinal is 17-3 so far this season, with an 8-1 mark in Pac-10 play with its only conference loss coming to California on Oct. 19. Stanford and Cal are tied for first in the Pac-10, holding identical 8-1 records. Alix Klineman leads the Cardinal offense, averaging 3.53 kps, with Cynthia Barboza close behind with 3.34 kps. Foluke Akinradewo comes in with 2.85 kps and a Pac-10-leading 1.49 bps. Libero Gabi Ailes ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in digs per set with 3.84 dps.
About the Series
Stanford and Washington have met 52 times since 1980, with the Cardinal holding the all-time series advantage, 43-9. Since Jim McLaughlin took over the Husky volleyball team in 2001, Washington is 6-9 against the Cardinal. Last season, Washington was the only team to defeat Stanford on its home court.
Scouting the Bears
Number four California enters the weekend tied for first place in the Pac-10 with a 18-2 record overall and an 8-1 mark in conference action. The Bears had won 13 straight before then-No. 14 USC upset Cal with a 3-2 victory last weekend. Cal is riding a 16-match home winning streak dating back to Oct. 11, 2007. The Golden Bears' offense is led by Hana Cutura, who averages 4.43 kills per set, good for 11th in the country and tops in the Pac-10. Setter Carli Lloyd leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in assists with 12.03 aps. Defensively, only Mindi Wiley averages more than one block per set, coming in at 1.08 bps. Libero Kristen Kathan has a team-leading 4.15 digs per set.
About The Series
The Bears and Huskies have squared off 50 times since 1982, with Washington holding the all-time series edge, 27-23. In the McLaughlin era, the Huskies are 9-6 against Cal, but the Bears have won two of the last three meetings.
Huskies In the National Rankings
The Huskies find themselves ranked in the top-25 in four statistical categories the NCAA tracks. Washington is currently ranked fifth in the nation in hitting percentage with a team attack average of.299. The Huskies are also 13th in the country (and third in the Pac-10) in assists per set with 13.10 aps. Washington comes in at 19th in the country (and fourth in the conference) in kills per set, averaging 14.06 kps. The Huksies are 15th in winning percentage (.842).
Individually, Jill Collymore leads the Pac-10 and is 36th in the nation in aces per set with 0.45. Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is third in the country and second in the Pac-10 in assists per set, averaging 12.01. Senior Jessica Swarbrick has crept into the top-50 in blocks per set, coming in at No. 41 with 1.21 bps. Junior libero Tamari Miyashiro is currently 32nd in the nation (and second in the Pac-10) in digs per set with 4.87.
Sophomore setter Jenna Hagglund is currently ranked THIRD IN THE NATION in assists per set with an average of 12.01.
Hagglund tallied 42 assists against Washington State on Oct. 24, moving her into seventh place all-time in career assists (2,251). At her current clip, Hagglund could well be in fourth place all-time by the end of 2008 (she needs just 405 to take possession of fourth) and could challenge Husky legend Courtney Thompson (6,552) for the top spot by the end of her Husky career.
Jessica Swarbrick continues to gain on third place in the Husky record book in total blocks. So far, the senior has 445 total blocks. She needs just 30 more blocks to pass Darla Myhre for third place all-time. In addition, Swarbrick has 388 career block assists, putting her in sole possession of fourth place in that category as well.
So far in 2008, Swarbrick is hitting a team-leading .424 with 130 kills on 236 swings, highlighted by a perfect, errorless performance against Pacific on 9/11/08, in which she had eight kills on eight attacks.
Dig For the Cure
The Huskies participated in the national Dig For the Cure initiative to support breast cancer research. October is breast cancer awareness month and all Pac-10 teams hosted Dig For the Cure nights. The Huskies held their event on Oct. 24 as they hosted Washington State and tried to 'pink out' the Bank of America Arena. The first 500 fans received free pink T-shirts printed with the slogan 'Real Huskies Wear Purple and Pink' and all cancer survivors were recognized during the match.
All Present and Accounted For
Washington is 15th in the country in home match attendance. The Husky faithful average out to 1,703 fans per match for a total of 17,030 fans so far over the nine home matches. The most attended home match so far this season was the Wazzu match on Oct. 24, when 2,562 fans showed their support of Washington volleyball.
UW on the Tube
The Huskies can look forward to three televised matches this season, two of which will be played at home in the Bank of America Arena. First up will be defending Pac-10 champion Stanford on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 12:30pm. Washington then hosts UCLA on Sunday Nov. 9 at 1:00pm, before heading south to Eugene, Ore. for a Sunday, Nov. 16 match-up with Oregon at 12:30pm. All three matches will be shown live on FSN.
In addition, Washington's department of intercollegiate athletics has inked a deal with Comcast for all home volleyball matches to be aired On-Demand for regional Comcast subscribers.
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