Miyashiro Named Pac-10 Player Of The Week

Sept. 28, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Fresh off of setting the new career digs record at Washington, senior libero Tamari Miyashiro has been named the Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 22-28, commissioner Larry Scott announced.

With Pac-10 play beginning last weekend, Miyashiro led the third-ranked Huskies to sweeps over seventh-ranked Oregon and Oregon State. In Friday's match between Top-10 teams, Miyashiro posted 18 digs as the Huskies held the previously undefeated Ducks to a season-low .143 hitting percentage in front of 3,564 fans, the third-largest crowd in Oregon history. In addition, she tallied a season-high three service aces in the match.

Against Oregon State on Sunday, the Huskies continued to play solid defense as Miyashiro registered 15 digs and Washington held the Beavers to their second-lowest hitting percentage of the year at .149.

As the reigning two-time National Defensive Player of the Year, Miyashiro broke the Washington school record for digs in a career with 2,048. Going into the weekend, she trailed only former Husky All-American Candace Lee (2002-05). In addition to being first on the Huskies all-time career digs list, she also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 history, despite playing the last two seasons under the 25-point system rather than 30 of previous years.

This is the first weekly honor for Miyashiro, and Washington's 28th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week.

The Huskies, a perfect 12-0 overall and 2-0 in league play, compete at home this weekend for the first time since the end of August. Washington hosts Arizona State on Friday night at 7 p.m. and then takes on 18th-ranked Arizona on Saturday, also at 7 p.m.

Also Nominated: Alanna Resch, ARIZ; Carli Lloyd, CAL; Sonja Newcombe, ORE

2009 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 31 - Tiffany Owens, ARIZ; Sept. 8 - Renee Bordelon, WSU; Sept. 14 - Lauren Cook, UCLA; Sept. 21 - Rachel Rourke, OSU; Sept. 28, Tamari Miyashiro, WASH

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