Husky-Laden Team USA Takes Silver In Switzerland
June 14, 2010
Switzerland is a long way to go for a reunion, but when Team USA beckons it's hard to resist. Husky head coach Jim McLaughlin has just concluded a stint guiding three of his former players as the official Team Leader for Team USA in the Montreux Volley Masters tournament in Montreux, Switzerland.
U.S. National Team Coach Hugh McCutcheon chose three Husky greats for the 14-woman roster, selecting Courtney Thompson (2003-06), Jill Collymore (2005-09) and Tamari Miyashiro (2005-09). McLaughlin was invited in an advisory role.
The U.S. Women's National Team was one of eight participants in the tourney, and picked up the silver medal after falling in four sets to China in the tournament finale on Sunday. Thompson and Miyashiro both saw action in the gold medal match, coming off the bench in every set. Miyashiro was fourth overall on the team with 11 receptions and had five digs.
Team USA reached the final by going 2-1 in pool play with wins against Japan and Germany. That earned the Americans a semifinal match-up against Pool B winner Cuba, which the U.S. defeated in straight sets. Miyashiro and Thompson saw action in every match while Collymore made appearances in the wins against Germany and Japan.
The Washington contingent was matched in numbers only by Stanford and Penn State, of which there were also three alums apiece. Thompson was one of just two setters on the squad, while Miyashiro was one of two liberos to earn a roster spot.
This was the first official Team USA action for Miyashiro and Collymore, though they each went on a training trip to China in January. Thompson has now made eight international appearances with Team USA.
Following the Montreux Volley Masters, the U.S. Women's National Team will travel to Tijuana, Mexico, to compete in the Ninth Pan American Cup slated for June 18-26.