Volleyball Inks Local Standout For 2003 Season

Nov. 13, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington head volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin has announced the signing of Kent native Courtney Thompson to a national letter of intent today. Thompson, a 5-8 setter, is the Huskies' first recruit for the Class of 2006.

Thompson, a senior at Kentlake High School, led the Falcons to two consecutive state titles in 2000 and 2001 and earned 2001 South Puget Sound League MVP honors. This weekend, Thompson and the Falcons will challenge for their third straight Washington crown as they compete in the state tournament in Spokane.

Earlier this season, the Falcons set a Washington state record for consecutive victories in any sport, boys or girls, and in all classifications with 91 straight wins. Thompson also holds four individual schools records, including match assists (65), season assists (996), season attack percentage (.441) and season assist average (10.34). With her natural athletic abilities, Thompson is expected to make an immediate impact on the Washington volleyball team in the setter position.

Thompson has also been a key contributor to Kentlake's basketball and softball teams and has received all-league honors in both. For her athletic success, Thompson has been recognized as the South County Journal Female Athlete of the Year in 2000 and 2001, becoming the Journal's first-ever two-time winner.

McLaughlin says that Thompson's potential is unlimited and that she will be a key factor to Washington becoming a national contender in the near future.

'Everyone is excited about Courtney Thompson becoming a Husky,' said McLaughlin. 'She has many great qualities both as a player and as a person. She has a very strong presence on the court, which is a vital component at the setting position. Courtney has very good speed and strength but what sets her apart is her level of commitment. She has a very high energy level and loves to compete. She has worked very hard to be the player she is today and she understands that the demands are more significant at the next level and she welcomes that challenge. As she learns the UW systems and develops an understanding of what needs to be done, she will become as good as she wants to be. Courtney is a great addition to our program and will help UW volleyball continue heading in the right direction.'

Thompson credits McLaughlin's philosophies and Washington's balance of quality academic and athletic programs as the main factors for her decision to become a Husky.

'I chose the University of Washington because I wanted to be a part of an institution with a strong academic, as well as athletic tradition,' said Thompson. 'At the UW, I know that I will be surrounded by people who will help me become the best person I can be as a leader, student and as an athlete. I have tremendous respect for Coach McLaughlin and his staff and for what they have already accomplished at UW. I'm excited to be a part of this rising program and a factor in the ultimate goal of a national championship.'

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