Washington Volleyball Announces Team Captains

Aug. 28, 2003

SEATTLE- The Washington volleyball team announced the selection of Sanja Tomasevic and Courtney Thompson as team captains for the 2003 season this afternoon. Tomasevic and Thompson were selected in a team vote held yesterday before the Huskies open their season tomorrow in Wisconsin.

Tomasevic, a junior outside hitter, begins her second season with the UW volleyball team. A native of Uzice, Yugoslavia, Tomasevic made an immediate impact to the 2002 squad, being one of only two players in the Pac-10 to be ranked in the top ten in kills, digs and points. Last season, she earned honorable mention Pac-10 honors after averaging 3.82 kills per game and 3.27 digs per game.

'Being picked by the girls is an honor,' says Tomasevic. 'When coaches pick captains, they pick the most experienced person but the players use different criteria. It's a big deal to me. I can't wait to play tomorrow. We've been working towards this since January.'

Thompson, a freshman setter, earns the honor of team captain after being with the Huskies for just a few weeks. Despite her lack of collegiate experience, Thompson proved to her teammates quickly her ability to lead on the court. Thompson hails from Kent, Wash., where she led Kentlake High School to three state championships to earn Washington State Player of the Year honors last year.

'I feel honored to have been picked as a team captain,' says Thompson. 'I think a lot of those expectations of leading come from the position of being a setter. Setters have to take control on the court and run the offense. I'm looking forward to getting started this weekend.'

The Huskies open the 2003 slate with three matches at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis. Washington kicks off the season on Friday with a match against UMKC at 5 p.m. (CT). UW will then face New Hampshire and No. 17-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (CT).

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