All-American Amanda Gil Transfers To Huskies
Feb. 2, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington volleyball received a huge boost today as All-America middle blocker Amanda Gil transferred into the Husky program from UCLA. The Pac-10 leader in blocks in 2009 and an All-Pac-10 First Team selection, Gil will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be able to patrol the net for UW starting in 2011.
Gil, a 6-foot, 6-inch native of San Jose, Calif. was voted to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Second Team following her sophomore season with the Bruins in 2009. Gil's 180 total blocks and 1.57 blocks per set average both easily led the Pac-10, and ranked second in the NCAA.
'We are very excited about Amanda joining our program,' said head coach Jim McLaughlin. 'Not only is she an outstanding volleyball player, she is also a wonderful young lady. We were impressed with her ability coming out of high school and, at this point, we feel she has the potential to upgrade our team in a number of areas. We have big plans for her and each day will be important as she works towards the objectives we have set for her.'
Despite knowing she would have to sit out a year due to Pac-10 transfer rules, Gil knew she had found the right fit when she visited Seattle.
'I know in my heart Washington is the right place for me because Washington has everything I could have ever wanted in a school: a beautiful campus, a great community, an amazing coaching staff, hardworking and committed girls, and excellent academics,' said Gil.
Washington has had great success in recent years developing standout middle blockers, with Alesha Deesing (2006) and Jessica Swarbrick (2006-08) earning AVCA All-America honors and sophomore Bianca Rowland earning AVCA honorable mention and Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-America honors this past year.
'What I like most about the coaching staff at Washington is that they are genuine people. Jim, Leslie (Tuiasosopo), and Keno (Gandara) care about you as a volleyball player and as a person,' said Gil. 'I was impressed with how the coaches conducted their practices, and how focused and hard all the girls were working to improve as volleyball players. I have always been a hard worker and to see the commitment from everyone involved was impressive.'
Gil also led the Bruins last season with a .360 hitting percentage that ranked fifth in the conference while averaging 2.37 kills per set. The Bruins tied with Washington for second in the Pac-10 with a 13-5 league record, and they reached the NCAA second round. She was named the 2008 Pacific Region as well as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year when her 1.46 blocks per set ranked sixth in the NCAA.
'She has a very good arm and a good feel for the game and I can't wait to have the opportunity to work with her in the gym on a daily basis,' McLaughlin says. 'She is a tremendous talent and we feel very fortunate that she has decided to come to the University of Washington.'