Two Home Tournaments Highlight 2008 Volleyball Schedule

May 21, 2008

SEATTLE - Two home tournaments and a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii highlight the 2008 Washington volleyball schedule that was released today. In all, the Huskies will play in four preseason tournaments before the start of Pac-10 Conference play on Sept. 26.

Washington opens the season with a two-day tournament in Bozeman, Mont., from Aug. 29-30. The Huskies then head home to host the Northwest Challenge. The UW will be joined at the tournament by Gonzaga, Boise State and Portland State in a three day event that runs from Sept. 4-6.

The Huskies head back on the road to play in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational from Sept. 11-13 on the campus of the University of Hawaii. The trip includes a game on Saturday, Sept. 13 against host Hawaii, a team that is perennially one of the nation's top teams.

The final preseason tournament is Sept. 18-19, and will be hosted by both the Huskies and Seattle University, with games at Bank of America Arena and the Connolly Center on Seattle University's campus.

Washington opens Pac-10 Conference play with a 7:00 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 26 at Arizona State. The final Pac-10 contest will also be against ASU on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The NCAA Tournament opens with first and second round games Dec. 4-6, followed by the regionals from Dec. 11-13. Washington was recently selected as the West Regional site, one of four sites that were picked by the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee.

The NCAA Championship will be on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.

'I think the (scheduling) philosophy is the same it has been the eight years we've been here,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin, who has a career record of 170-49 at the UW. 'Our preseason schedule is set up to help us make the most progress we can make to prepare for the Pac-10 Conference. Then we'll take care of the Pac-10 when we get there. We like our schedule.'

Washington is coming off its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance under McLaughlin. The Huskies went 27-4 and went 15-3 in the Pac-10, good for second place. They lose five seniors to graduation, including All-Americans Christal Morrison and Alesha Deesing, but do return senior middle blocker Jessica Swarbrick and junior libero Tamari Miyashiro, both of which were All-America picks last season.

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