Volleyball Signs Two Players To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 16, 2004

SEATTLE-- The top-ranked Washington volleyball team has received National Letters of Intent from two high school seniors who will join the Huskies for the 2005 season, fourth-year head coach Jim McLaughlin announced today. The two players that signed letters did so during the early signing period, which runs Nov. 10-17. The late signing period begins April 13, 2005.

The newcomers include 5-foot-10 outside hitter Jill Collymore (Bellevue, Wash.) and 6-foot-1 outside hitter/middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick (El Dorado, Calif.).

'We are thrilled with the class we have signed for 2005,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'We believe both Jill and Jessica will be great additions to the program and will help fill some of the holes that will be left by our departing seniors. We had targeted Jessica and Jill early in the process as two of the recruits we felt would fit in extremely well with our existing players. They both are very talented players but also have the strong character we look for in our student-athletes.'

Collymore attends The Bush School where she is a two-time team captain, an all-league first team selection and was named team MVP. She plays club volleyball for Kent Juniors and was invited to participate in the 2003 USA Volleyball National Development Camp. Collymore was a member of the 2003 and 2004 USA Volleyball A2 Junior National Teams and trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Collymore is ranked 29th nationally among the prep class of 2005 by PrepVolleyball.com. Her older sister, Jane, is a junior outside hitter for Florida, where she was a first team all-SEC selection last season.

'Jill is an outside hitter and has exceptional athletic ability,' said McLaughlin. 'She committed to us almost a year ago and we are looking forward to her finally being able to officially join the program. She is very bright and should be able to pick up our system very quickly. What distinguishes Jill from other players at this point in her development is her arm-speed. Jill has a very fast and powerful arm-swing. She's a very serious and committed player and she loves to compete. She also comes from a wonderful family and will be a tremendous asset to the team. We expect great things from her in the future.'

Swarbrick attended Union Mine High School where she earned first team all-league and all-Metro honors. As a member of the Gold Cal club team, Swarbrick led her squad to an 18th place finish at the U.S. Junior National Tournament. She is ranked 21st nationally among the prep class of 2005 by PrepVolleyball.com.

'Jessica is currently an outside hitter and middle blocker,' said McLaughlin. 'We will see where she fits best in our system as she can do many things well. We got in on her a little later than Jill but we are no less excited about her potential. She has tremendous upside and should provide us with some strong net play during her career. She also comes from a terrific family and we are anxious to get her up here to Seattle so that she can fully develop the skills she has. Jessie is an athlete but what I appreciate most about her is her desire to become a great player. Like Jill, Jessie has a very strong arm and as she learns our systems and the appropriate approach day to day she will become an elite player.

'As with any player that comes into our program, no matter how talented they are, a lot of their success will depend on how hard they work and how well they adapt to the things we do on a daily basis. However, because both of them are strong competitors, I believe they will both see quickly what it takes to be successful at this level and will immediately put forth the effort necessary to make the kinds of contributions we expect from each of them.

'While both of our recruits are very good volleyball players at this point in their career, what really sets them apart from some of the other top talent is the fact they are extraordinary people. Both have a lot to offer our program other than their athletic talent. I enjoyed getting to know both young ladies and their families. With the success we have had recently, it is critical that we bring in players who will not only help us on the court but also fit in well with the other players who remain. Jessica and Jill will be able to do both. We feel very fortunate that both of them have chosen to come to the University of Washington and will be able to help us continue to build a top program.'