Washington Volleyball Inks Two To National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 16, 2001

SEATTLE - Washington head volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin has announced the signings today of two high school seniors to national letters of intent. Outside hitter Carolyn Farny (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and setter Chelsey Garrett (Overland Park, Kan.) will make up UW's class of 2006.

'Our first recruiting class is the first step in helping us meet or needs as far as building this team,' McLaughlin said. 'We've added two quality players as well as quality people.

'Both Carolyn and Chelsey are physical and have complete skill levels at this point in their development. What also stood out, however, was their ability to compete. That competitive greatness will help our program.'

A two-time first team all-state selection, Farny was named the Fort Wayne News Sentinel Volleyball Player of the Year in 2001, helping Concordia Lutheran High School to a 29-6 overall record. The 6-1 left-handed outside hitter also directed her team to a conference championship and an appearance in the semistate finals as a junior and has earned first team all-conference and all-area honors three times. A member of the Fort Wayne Volleyball Club, Farny is the president of the National Honor Society at Concordia and also competes for the Cadets' basketball team.

'Carolyn is a smooth player, who touches 10-feet,' McLaughlin said. 'That combination is something coaches are always looking for. She also reacts well to the game and sees it at a very nice level.'

A 6-1 setter, Garrett earned preseason All-America honors from Student Sports Magazine after helping Blue Valley North High School to the state championship match in 2000. Garrett attended Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo., her freshman and sophomore seasons, before starring at Blue Valley. A member of the National Honor Society, Garrett finished her prep career with school season records for most assists (970) and most sets attempted (1969) and was named the 2001 Sun Country Volleyball Team Player of the Year.

'Chelsey is a physical player, who has the ability to play at the highest level,' McLaughlin said. 'She has a very strong presence, competes well and we look to give her the tools that she needs to be successful.'

The Washington volleyball team wraps up its 2001 campaign at home versus Washington State Friday at Bank of America Arena.

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