Volleyball Apple Cup, Part II
Nov. 9, 1999
FIRST SERVE: The Washington volleyball team (8-15 overall, 4-11 Pac-10) plays its final home match of the season Friday night when the Huskies take on cross-state rival Washington State (12-11, 6-9) at the Pavilion Addition at 7:00 p.m. The Huskies will bid farewell to its two seniors, Kristina Laffling and Sarah Allmon. Unfortunately, Allmon is out for the remainder of the season after knee surgery and Laffling, who sprained an ankle Saturday vs. Arizona State, is hobbled but listed as probable for the match.
SERIES HISTORY: Washington is 42-14 against Washington State in the all-time series. The Huskies had a four-match winning streak broken Oct. 16 in Pullman, when the Cougs won a five-gamer. The last three WSU-UW matches have gone five games. In that one, Kristina Laffling posted 25 kills, 23 digs and nine blocks and Lisa Underhill added 21 kills and nine blocks. In eight previous seasons under Coach Bill Neville, the Huskies have never lost both matches to WSU. Neville is 11-5 in the series.
LAFFLING: Senior Kristina Laffling is putting together a fine end to what has been a tremendous Husky career. The 5-foot-11 Q/SW from Richmond, B.C., is only 47 digs away from becoming only the third Husky to record 1,000 career kills and digs. She ranks in the top 10 in UW history in five different categories: fifth in kills (1,218), fifth in attacks (3,072), fourth in digs (953), fourth in block assists (275) and fifth in total blocks (312). This year, she ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in kills per game, sixth in digs and eighth in aces.
NOTES: Both Laffling and sophomore Allison Richardson have been named to the all-tournament team in both tournaments this year ... Richardson leads the Huskies with 31 aces in 78 games ... her 0.40 aces per game average is fourth in the Pac-10 ... Richardson is also second on the team with 261 kills and 182 digs ... she had 62 and 86, respectively, all of last season ... freshman quick hitter Paige Benjamin ranks No. 4 in the Pac-10 with her .359 hitting pct ... Benjamin set new career highs for kills in both matches last weekend with 11 vs. Arizona and 16 vs. ASU ... after a 21-19 game-five decision to Arizona last Friday, the Huskies are 0-2 in five-game matches this season.
COACH NEVILLE: Bill Neville (George Williams '67) is currently in his ninth season as the Husky head coach. The former USA men's team assistant and Canadian men's team head coach has an overall record of 118-112 (.513) since taking over the UW program midway through the 1991 season. His teams have made three NCAA appearances, all in the last five seasons, during which they have posted a 4-3 record. Neville is assisted by Diane Flick, Julie Baker and Duane Storti.
QUICK HITS: Here's a quick rundown of the Husky volleyball team:
No. Player Pos. Ht. Yr. Notes 1 Sabrina Page DS 5-3 Jr. Has played in 72 of 79 games as DS 3 Paige Benjamin Q 5-10 Fr. Sat. vs. ASU: 16k-3e-26a for .500 pct. 4 Allison Richardson SW 6-1 So. 11 kills, 14 digs Oct. 16 at WSU 6 Gretchen Maurer S 5-11 Fr. Played in 2 games at WSU: 18a, 3digs 7 Linnet Rain Q 6-2 Fr. Started vs. Wisconsin and Illinois State 8 Kristina Laffling SW 5-11 Sr. Needs 47 digs to join 1,000-1,000 club 9 Malena Thompson SW 6-0 So. Career-high 15 digs, 6 blocks at WSU 10 Britni Churnside S 5-9 So. Has started 22 of 23 matches at setter 11 Kiki Maroutsos SW 5-11 So. Perhaps team's top server 12 Elissa Ross DS 5-9 Fr. Career-high 16 digs vs. No. 9 Wisconsin 14 Janelle Grovey SW 5-10 Fr. Won 13 letters at Sweeny HS in Texas 16 Lisa Underhill Q 6-3 So. Sat. vs. ASU: 14k-1e-22a for .591 pct. 17 Emily Seacat OP 6-3 Jr. 12 kills, five blocks at Washington St. 21 Sarah Allmon OP 5-11 Sr. Out for the season after knee surgery