The Washington Huskies women's volleyball players were deep into the agonizing reappraisals after they lost to Stanford in the NCAA semifinals. Our advice is, keep it short. Remember, the loss came...

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The Washington Huskies women’s volleyball players were deep into the agonizing reappraisals after they lost to Stanford in the NCAA semifinals. Our advice is, keep it short.

Remember, the loss came in the team’s first-ever trip to the Final Four. This has been a glorious season by any measure. UW finished with a 16-2 record and the team’s first-ever conference title.
Over four years, coaches and players combined to lift UW women’s volleyball from the bottom of the Pac-10 to reign as champions and compete among the nation’s elite squads.

The turnaround happened with coach Jim McLaughlin at the helm. His work earned him honors as the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s national coach of the year. That recognition came on top of his second Pac-10 coach of the year award in three years.

He had championship-caliber talent to train and direct. Sophomore Courtney Thompson was a first-team All-America selection. Freshman Christal Morrison was named to the second team, and senior Candace Lee received honorable mention.

McLaughlin’s volleyball team is a terrific benchmark for the rest of the athletic department: talented, respected on and off the court, and known for hard work and achievement.