Huskies Swing Into Spring Season
April 9, 2010
Husky volleyball is ready to start laying the early groundwork for the 2010 season, as their spring practices kick off this Friday. The next six weeks will be an important period for the team as they begin to look ahead to the fall campaign and a new rotation takes shape in the absence of three key seniors.
On Thursday, UW had the last of its weekly two hour workout sessions, with the official spring practice period beginning Friday. Practices will run until May 21, with exhibition interspersed in the schedule.
Whereas last season the Huskies won the USA Volleyball Open Championship to wrap the spring, this season they will play a series of four exhibitions with Santa Clara. Exact dates and times are not final, but UW will visit Santa Clara on the weekend of May 7-9 for two matches, then the Broncos will head up to Seattle the weekend of May 14-16 for two additional matches. At least one of the Seattle scrimmages will be open to the public, but details are not yet final.
In 2010 the Huskies will return 12 players from a squad which went 24-6 last season and finished runner-up in the Pac-10 for the third year in a row. UW reached the NCAA Championships for the eighth consecutive season under head coach Jim McLaughlin, advancing to the second round. Washington will build around AVCA All-Americans Kindra Carlson (second team), Jenna Hagglund (third team), and Bianca Rowland (honorable mention) for starters.
While the Huskies begin to adapt to life without 2009 grads Jill Collymore, Tamari Miyashiro, and Airial Salvo, Washington will welcome a rare new springtime addition in All-American middle blocker Amanda Gil, who transferred to UW from UCLA after the 2009 season. Gil won't be able to compete until 2011, but can and will practice from day one. The Huskies also may see an increased workload for Kylin Muñoz as the sophomore outside hitter will be eligible for the first time this fall.
Check back this weekend for an early practice report.