Volleyball Opens Spring Season In North Carolina

April 14, 2004

SEATTLE- The Washington volleyball team opened its training schedule on April 2 and will practice through May 15. The Huskies will play four games and host an intrasquad scrimmage during the next six weeks with competition kicking off at the Carolina Spring Scrimmage in Chapel Hill, N.C., April 16-17.

Washington will open the tournament against North Carolina on April 16 before facing fellow 2003 Elite Eight team Penn State on April 17. Penn State lost to Florida in last year's regional final 3-0.

The Huskies will also play an intrasqaud Purple and Gold scrimmage on April 24th at 10 a.m. at the Bank of America Arena before closing out its spring season with a pair of games on May 15 during Spring Fling. The Huskies will host Portland State and another team to be announced.

'This is an extremely important period in our preparation for next season,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Our success next fall will be dependant, in a large degree, on the work we get done during spring training.

'Obviously, we have some goals and objectives we would like to accomplish and some new standards we would like to implement over the next six weeks. The primary objective of the spring is to get better, first individually and ultimately as a group. I would like to see improvement in every area but clearly some areas need more focus than others. We have developed a task list of the areas we need to upgrade and we will address those areas day to day.'

The Husky roster includes 11 returning letterwinners and two newcomers and is headlined by senior All-American outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic. UW also returns all-conference honorable mention selection Darla Myhre at middle and Candace Lee at libero and Pac-10 All-Freshman team member Courtney Thompson at setter.

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