Volleyball Hosts Exhibition Match Vs. Trinity Western

Aug. 30, 2004

THIS WEEK: The No. 7 Washington volleyball team warms up for the 2004 season when it hosts an exhibition match against Trinity Western on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. UW's official season-opener will be next week when it takes part in the Northern Illinois Tournament in DeKald, Ill. The Huskies will face Butler, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and host NIU Sept. 3-4.SERIES HISTORY: Wednesday's match between Washington and Trinity Western will be the first meeting between these teams.COACH MCLAUGHLIN: Jim McLaughlin begins his fourth year as head coach of the Washington volleyball team and has helped catapult it to a top 10 program and national championship contender. After inheriting a program that finished last in the Pac-10 standings in 2000, McLaughlin has taken the Huskies to the postseason in each of the last two seasons, leading UW to an Elite Eight appearance last year. UW's record has improved in each season under McLaughlin's direction and the Huskies have reintroduced themselves as one of the country's top volleyball programs.A 14-year veteran head coach, McLaughlin has proven his ability to recruit talented student-athletes and cultivate championship programs. He has made 13 appearances in the NCAA postseason, including four with Kansas State, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2000. He also spent seven seasons as the men's head coach at USC, where he won a national championship in 1990 and finished as runner-up a year later.McLaughlin's record is 54-36 (.600) at UW and his 14 year coaching career boasts a record of 278-154 (.644) all-time.SCOUTING TRINITY WESTERN: Trinity Western is located in Langley, British Columbia and competes in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Last season, the Spartans had a 9-23 overall record and were 5-15 in the Canada West Conference. The 2004 squad returns six starters, headlined by middle blocker Rhonda Schmuland, outside hitter Saray;yn Raugust and setter Anna Paddock. Schmuland averaged 2.01 kills per game, 1.34 digs per game and 1.19 blocks per game. Raugust chipped in 2.99 kpg and 2.22 dpg, while Paddock tallied 7.64 assists per game for Trinity Western. Carol Hofer is the Trinty Western head coach and she has led the Spartans to a 21-79 overall record.ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The 14-player Washington roster includes 10 returning letterwinners and four returning starters. The 2004 team includes three seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen. The team represents six states and three countries, including Washington (3), California (2), Hawaii (1), Oregon (2), Indiana (1), Nevada (1), Ohio (1), British Columbia (1) and Serbia & Montenegro (2).STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: The Huskies have 10 matches slated on the 2004 schedule against opponents who currently rank on the American Volleyball Coaches' Association top 25 poll. All five opponents are Pac-10 members, including No. 1 USC, No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 California and No. 17 Arizona. Washington is also scheduled to play against Florida A&M, who received 27 votes in the preseason poll.WASHINGTON RANKED SEVENTH IN AVCA PRESEASON POLL: The Washington volleyball team is ranked seventh in the 2004 AVCA USA Today/CSTV Preseason Coaches Poll released today. The No. 7 ranking marks the highest ever for the Huskies, who finished the 2003 season with a loss in the Regional Final. Southern California, the two-time defending national champions, earned the top spot in the poll followed by No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Stanford. Penn State, Pepperdine and California round out the top 10, respectively. The Pacific-10 Conference picked up five of the top 10 spots and six overall places in the preseason poll. The Big Ten placed four teams in the preseason poll, while the Big 12 and West Coast Conference each produced three teams in the poll.HUSKIES PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN PAC-10: Pac-10 head coaches predict that Washington will finish third in the Pacific-10 Conference. Southern California, the defending national champion, was picked to win its third straight title with 89 points, while UCLA was picked to place second with 78 points. Washington picked up the third spot with 78 points and was followed by Stanford (71 points) and California (58 points) to round out the top five. The remaining Pac-10 teams were Arizona (55), Arizona State (38), Oregon State (36), while Oregon and Washington State (23) tied for the last slot.2003 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Last season, the Huskies placed fifth in the Pac-10 (10-8) before peaking in the postseason and defeating Utah, Northwestern and Stanford in the NCAA tournament to advance to the quarterfinals. Washington lost a five-game heartbreaker to Minnesota in the Elite Eight match to tie for its best NCAA finish in the program's history. The Huskies' 23-9 record was the second-best ever at Washington.The Huskies received multiple honors and awards, highlighted with Sanja Tomasevic being named a second team All-American. Washington also had five athletes named to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams, including Tomasevic to the first team, Kara Bjorklund, Darla Myhre and Candace Lee to the honorable mention team and Courtney Thompson to the All-Freshman and honorable mention teams.

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