Volleyball Reports To Fall Camp August 7

Aug. 2, 2006

SEATTLE-- The Washington volleyball team reports to campus August 7 for fall camp with its first practice slated for August 8. The Huskies, the 2005 NCAA National Champions, return seven players from its championship season, including three starters.

The team will practice for two-and-a-half weeks before opening the 2006 campaign on the road at the prestigious AVCA College Volleyball Showcase in Madison, Wis. The Huskies open the tournament vs. Ohio on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. (CT) and will face either Texas or Wisconsin on Aug. 26. Both matches will be televised by CSTV.

'This is always an exciting time of the year,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Everyone is anxious to get back to work and get ready for the upcoming season. We lost some very good players to graduation but we do have a strong core group of talented players returning. We had a productive spring and our trip to China gave some of our younger players some game experience. However, we have a lot of work to do before our first match and the Pac 10 will be extremely competitive once again so the challenge will be great. We have the capability to play and compete at a very high level. It will be very interesting to see if we will meet our capabilities by November and how this team prepares day to day.'

Washington will also play in the Davidson Tournament in Davidson, N.C., before opening at home on Sept. 7 to kick-off the three-day, five-team Husky Classic. The Huskies will host Portland State, Gonzaga, North Dakota State and UMBC in the nine-match round robin tournament.

Washington welcomes back senior All-American setter Courtney Thompson and junior All-American outside hitter Christal Morrison, as well as junior All-Pac-10 middle blocker Alesha Deesing. The Huskies also welcome four newcomers to the squad including senior transfer Janine Sandell. Sandell, an outside hitter, joins the team after three seasons at UC Santa Barbara where she was the 2005 Big West Conference Player of the Year.

Season, group and single-match tickets are currently on sale through the Husky Athletic Ticket Office, located in Graves Hall on the UW campus. Season tickets can be purchased for $96 per seat and include reserved seating in the lower bowl of Bank of America Arena, and a discount from the single-match ticket price. Single-match ticket prices range from $4-$9.

Washington won its first national crown last season and second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title, finishing the season with a 32-1 record. The Huskies went 17-1 in Pac-10 play and swept all six of its postseason opponents in three games en route to the NCAA title.

McLaughlin was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons, while four Huskies earned All-America honors. Washington broke the program record for best start to a season and consecutive victories when it opened 2005 with 23 straight wins. The Huskies pulled 31,773 fans through its gates over 11 home dates for the fifth-highest attendance figure in the nation (2,888).

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