Join The Volleyball Team In China

Aug. 10, 2005

August 2005

The Washington volleyball team has been invited to compete against the Chinese National team next summer. The Huskies will spend 12 days in China and face the defending world champions in the Olympic arena.

Head coach Jim McLaughlin is extending an invitation for up to 400 fans, including parents, UW facility, administrators, alumni and boosters to fly to China on a charter jet for 12 days. The Huskies will play four exhibition matches against the Chinese National team.

'This is a once in a life-time opportunity for our student-athletes to learn more about the Chinese culture and customs and play against the highest level of international competition,' said McLaughlin. 'The players will write a report about their experience and receive one credit unit. We hope to have the details worked out soon and hope you will join us in China.

'We are looking forward to the upcoming season. We had a very good spring session and the players are continuing to work on individual strength and conditioning drills. Our injuries from last season appear to be healing well and we hope to be at full strength for our August tournament here at home. The expectations are very high for this team but we are staying focused on our philosophy of continuous improvement every day. If we do that - I like our chances.'

Assistant coach Leslie Tuiasosopo said, 'I saw a very determined group of players this spring. They believe this year can be very special and are willing to do what it takes to defend our Pac-10 title and compete for the national title.'

The 2005 Huskies will be one of the deepest and most talented teams in school history. Washington is the only team in the country to field four All-Americans and the team will be experienced with six seniors on the roster.

'Since the rest of the Pac-10 got even better, we are going to need every bit of that depth and experience this season,' said McLaughlin.

The 2005 squad is the first group in which McLaughlin recruited every athlete. In four years he has taken the Huskies from the bottom of the Pac-10 to a serious contender for the national title. Washington is ranked second in the preseason AVCA/CSTV Top 25 Coaches' Poll and was picked by the conference coaches to defend its Pac-10 title. McLaughlin credits the Husky fans for their role in Washington's success.

'We wouldn't be where we are without the support of our boosters, our fans and the student body,' said McLaughlin. 'Attendance at our home matches has been awesome. We had more fans at our match with Stanford than many Pac-10 teams had for the entire season. Our fans give us a seventh attacker and the team feeds off the energy in the arena.'

As the program grows - so does the need for your financial support. We look forward to seeing you at every home match this season and if you are in a position to make a monetary donation, please join POINT HUSKIES and send in a tax deductible donation.

Stay tuned for details about the China trip.

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