Friday, December 5, 2008

About the Huskies

While I had a few minutes before the game, and seeing as how Kansas State just took game three, only delaying the start of the Portland State game to likely 4:30 or so, I thought I would give a little scouting report on the Huskies.

I was surprised to see that the Huskies only feature six players on their 14 person roster from the state of Washington. Four of those are freshmen and will likely not see too much time today. Junior defensive specialist Megan McAfee played her high school volleyball at West Linn High school and is the only Oregonian on the Washington team.

The Huskies finished in second place in the solid PAC-10 Conference to Stanford, despite winning 13 of their last 14 games. The one loss came of course to the Cardinal. That loss, on October 31, was the Huskies last. Washington was picked to finish fifth in the PAC-10.

If I were to list all the talented players on their roster... let's just say it would take a while. Their big three are senior middle Jessica Swarbrick, junior libero Tamari Miyashiro and sophomore outside hitter Becky Perry.

Of course, you could say that Portland State has their share of talented players on the roster as well.

As good as the Huskies are and have been, if Portland State does not allow the magnitude of the game to disrupt them they could easily hang with the Huskies.

With that said, it may be tough for head coach Michael Seemann to keep the troops focused today. There are already more fans here than I have ever seen at the Stott Center for a game, the Husky Band is getting ready to play, and oh yeah, this is the Vikings first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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