Huskies Turn Up The Intensity In First Scrimmage

Aug. 21, 2009

SEATTLE - Approximately 100 faithful Husky supporters showed up at Bank of America Arena this evening to take in an open intrasquad scrimmage put on by the fourth-ranked Husky volleyball squad. Fans were treated to an intense hour and a half of booming kills and acrobatic digs, whetting the appetite for next Friday's season opener.

Players shuffled back and forth across the net, getting the players work in all sorts of different combinations. The scoreboard read 'East' and 'West' based on the sides of the net, and the team played several series of 12-point sets, the final one ending in a 6-6 tie. The final 15 minutes of the scrimmage saw the scoreboard start at 22-all, with the teams pushing to be the first to 25.

Throughout the evening, fans cheered long, spirited rallies and any time a player made the extra effort on the defensive end. UW's four freshmen also mixed it up well, having come a long way in just two weeks of work. Head coach Jim McLaughlin was pleased with the effort level.

'We played hard. I liked that. The intensity level was good,' McLaughlin said. 'I'd like to see us more focused on the things that tell us what to do. We're not staying focused for a long period of time and seeing the things we're supposed to see. But for the first scrimmage we showed some improvement in the areas we've worked on. Week two was better than week one and we just have to keep that up.'

The Huskies will now enter into their first game week preparations, with the season-opener looming next Friday, Aug. 28, against San Jose State at 7 p.m. as part of The Invitational At Seattle, Washington. Saturday, the Huskies will play Seattle U. at the Connelly Center at 11 a.m. then head back to the BOA to play San Diego State at 7 p.m.

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