Lights, Camera, Action!

Nov. 1, 2001

by Steve Hitchcock

Poise, confidence, and the knowledge of which camera angle to use when the prime-time highlight reel is finished.

These are the traits Husky senior Allison Richardson had to know as an intern this summer at Fox Sports Northwest.

'I hope to do something in the media,' said Richardson. 'I'm not exactly sure what area I want to go into, so they let me do a bit of everything. I learned some of the camera stuff, I edited, worked the prompter, and I went to a Mariners' game and did some reporting.'

When not working towards a career as a TV anchor, Richardson is anchoring the Husky volleyball team. A native of the retirement town of Hemet, Calif., Richardson has lifted Washington in her four seasons with the team, and as a senior co-captain, has become a dominant force in the Huskies' lineup.

As of Nov. 1, Richardson had been statistically dominant for the Huskies. She led Washington in kills in 16 of the team's first 22 matches, tallying 316 total, nearly 100 more than her closest teammate. She also led her team in service aces with 24, digs with 219, and was second in assists with 38. Perhaps not surprisingly, the senior had recorded 11 double-doubles, including one in each of the Huskies' first three contests of the season.

'My motivation is just my passion for the sport,' she says. 'I have so much fun when I'm playing and when I'm out there I just think I'm so blessed to play this sport. To look beside me and see my teammates that have that same drive, it gives you a special feeling because you're all out there for the same thing. You see the people in the crowd and just get pumped up and ready to go.'

Richardson seems to be most pumped up early in the season, much as she was in 2000. Last season, she tallied three double-doubles in the team's first four matches, and finished the season with a four kills-per-game average.

'I don't really focus on my stats, or comparing myself to other teams. Just because it's my senior year doesn't mean I'm at my full potential,' she says.

While balancing time between outside interests and volleyball can be tough, Richardson accepts the challenge, whether in or out of season.

'I don't like to be bored and I don't like to have a calm moment,' she says. 'My internship was in the summer, while we were training heavily for volleyball. Pretty much my day was filled from morning until night, and then I'd wake up and start all over again. I love it. You do have to have the time to yourself, but juggling school and sports is what I like.'

Richardson began playing volleyball her freshman year of high school and instantly fell in love with the sport. At Hemet High School she led the Bulldogs to two league championships and the state quarterfinals her senior year. Her performance was rewarded with a selection to the all-league first team, which was followed by overtures from many Division-I volleyball programs including Texas, Baylor, and Oregon State.

'I was born and raised in Hemet for 18 years, and I wanted to have access to city life,' says Richardson of her decision to come to Washington.

Richardson hopes to continue her volleyball career at the pro or national level.

'I love the sport, but it just depends what happens with broadcasting and how I feel in the spring,' she says. 'Right now I'm just focused on our season. It's my last season and I want to savor it as long as I can. After that I'll start thinking about volleyball in the future.'

Whether on the volleyball court, or on camera, Allison Richardson is always ready for 'action!'

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