Miyashiro Checks In From The U.S. National Training Team

Feb. 9, 2010

Shortly after wrapping up their standout Husky careers, the three seniors from Washington's 2009 team all accepted invitations to head to Anaheim, Calif. and train with the U.S. Women's National Team at the American Sports Center.

Jill Collymore, Tamari Miyashiro, and Airial Salvo all headed down to the L.A. area after the new year to start the next chapter of their volleyball careers. Collymore and Miyashiro were then chosen to take part in a trip with the U.S. National Training Team to Guangzhou, China at the end of January.

The week-long trip was centered around an exhibition match against the Chinese professional team Evergrande, played on February 2 at the newly built Guangzhou Gymnasium. Coaching the U.S. squad was U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon.

In the exhibition, both Collymore and Miyashiro saw extensive action and made the most of it with excellent numbers despite a 3-0 win for the Chinese squad. Collymore came off the bench the first two sets but then started the third, and tallied eight kills and a block, while Miyashiro started at libero and had a team-high 13 digs with a 72 positive reception percent on 18 attempts.

After landing safely back in America, Miyashiro took the time out of her busy training schedule to let Husky fans know how the trip went.

Hey Dawg Fans,

Jill and I just got back from our first international trip with the USA National Team. We took a week-long trip to Guangzhou, China, had a couple training sessions, scrimmages and an exhibition match in front of thousands. This was a great learning experience for us as we learned a ton about playing at the next level and what it feels like to wear USA on your back. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a secret but Jill is actually playing opposite right now and is doing an amazing job. We are trying to get 1% (as Karch 'the King' would say) better every day and in turn trying to make our teammates better as well.

One of the many lessons I learned from this trip is 'not letting your circumstance define you.' Meaning great players can play well all the time no matter what situation they are in. You never know what you're going to get when traveling overseas so you must be good everywhere not only in Anaheim, California.

We were treated very well on this trip and felt spoiled the whole time. We stayed at a five star hotel on the Evergrande Real Estate property. This is a pretty wealthy company so we felt like we were in a palace. I think most of the group would agree that breakfast was a hit. They had this tasty cereal with fresh milk that blew our mind. We could not understand how something that we have in the states could taste so much better in another country but we think it had to do with the freshness of the milk. Apparently the coffee is to die for and they love watermelon there so we all had lots of fruit. Many of the workers in the hotel enjoyed practicing their English with us so it was nice not always having that language barrier.

As far as the match we played on Tuesday night, we lost in three but realized that we can take many things from the experience and use it to help us with our game. The exhibition match was a pretty big deal over there in Guangzhou. In fact volleyball is a big deal in general; the arena that held 9,000 we played at was set up in two days just for the exhibition match.

Training in Anaheim is amazing. At one point we had four Huskies in the gym training. The one of a kind Courtney Thompson, who is now playing in Puerto Rico and Airial Salvo, the stud from Farmington, Jill Collymore, the crowd favorite at Hec-Ed and I. Every day we are tested and it's a great environment to be in if you want to become great. We have a great staff here and we are all working hard here to become the best in the world. Improvement is crucial and being good all the time is the goal.

As for all you husky fans and especially the volleyball fans keep supporting the former and present Huskies, you make us so proud of being Huskies. Good luck to all the Husky teams in season right now and also the ones about to start their seasons. Go Dawgs!

Yours Truly :)
-Tama Miyashiro

P.S. Congrats to UW on getting the regional host in 2010!

P.P.S. Welcome Tyce Dillon to the Husky family!

P.P.P.S. Haha I just have always wanted to do that.

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