Five Huskies Honored By AVCA
Dec. 10, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Five Huskies were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), as the All-Pacific Region was announced Wednesday. Tamari Miyashiro and Jessica Swarbrick were named to the first-team All-Pacific Region and Jenna Hagglund, Becky Perry and Airial Salvo were named honorable mention.
Miyashiro, a junior libero from Kaneohe, Hawai'i, is Washington's only repeat selection to the All-Pacific Region team, earning a spot on the team last year as well. Miyashiro leads the Pac-10 in digs per set with 5.15, which ranks her 16th in the nation. She compiled 546 digs this season, giving her a career total of 1,825. With just 176 more, Miyashiro will become just the second libero in Washington history to break 2,000 digs. She should outpace the school digs record by midseason 2009, needing just 214 digs to pass Candace Lee's all-time mark of 2,038.
Washington's lone senior this season, Swarbrick has registered seven solo blocks and a team-leading 106 block assists. The El Dorado, Calif. native overtook third place all-time in total career blocks last weekend. Swarbrick has 476 total blocks over her playing career at Washington, including 34 solo blocks and 442 block assists. Swarbrick needs just nine more block assists to move into third place all-time in that category as well. Swarbrick is already the most efficient hitter in Washington's history, carrying a lifetime .408 attack percentage. This season, Swarbrick has hit .438 for the year. Should that number hold up, she will have set the season record at Washington for highest hitting percentage. The honor is the second of Swarbrick's career.
Sophomore setter Hagglund has scorched her way up the all-time record list at Washington. The West Chester, Ohio native began the season ranked 10th all-time in career assists and will finish the season in fourth. Hagglund has put up 1304 assists this season, averaging 12.30 assists per set, good for second in the nation and first in the Pac-10. Hagglund has recorded 2,726 career assists, leaving her 465 assists shy of third place all-time, a mark she should surpass next season. This season, she has registered a team-leading 10 double-doubles and tallied 50+ assists in nine matches. On Oct. 14, Hagglund was named AVCA Sports Imports Division I Player of the Week, becoming the first Husky in three years to be so honored. The honor is Hagglund's first.
Perry, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, leads the Huskies in kills per set with 3.84 kps, ranking fifth in the Pac-10. The Austin, Texas native also averages 1.43 digs per set and 0.61 blocks per set. The sophomore outside hitter has posted 15+ kills 10 times this season and 20+ kills three times this season. She also recorded a season-best 33 kills at UCLA on a season-high 76 swings. Perry registered one double-double this season with 24 kills and 13 digs at USC on Oct. 11. The honor is the first for Perry.
Junior outside hitter Salvo ranks second on the team in service aces with 0.29 saps and has registered seven double-doubles this season. Salvo recorded a season-high 18 kills against Arizona on Nov. 28. The Farmington, Utah native averaged 2.81 kills per set and 2.45 digs per set this season, registering double-figure kills 14 times and double-figure digs nine times. She also recorded a team-high seven service aces against Gonzaga on Sept. 4. Salvo hit over .300 in eight matches this season. This is Salvo's first All-Pacific Region honor.
The Huskies are back in action this Friday, Dec. 12 at 8pm in Bank of America Arena as they host Utah in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament. Should Washington win, they will advance to the Elite Eight to face either Michigan or Nebraska on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8:30pm. For the complete schedule and tickets, log on to GoHuskies.com.