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No. 5 Washington volleyball team kicks off year vs. Boise State on Friday
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The fifth-ranked Washington Husky volleyball team this weekend begins a season that the team hopes will end in Seattle at KeyArena for the 2013 NCAA Championships in December.
The Huskies begin their season against Boise State at 6 p.m. Friday in the Northwest Challenge at Portland State. Saturday, Washington will take on the host Vikings at noon before facing Gonzaga at 5 p.m. Live video streams of all matches will be available through WatchBigSky.com.
The Huskies have won all five previous Northwest Challenges, including sweeping the three matches last year in Seattle. Coach Jim McLaughlin, entering his 13th season, has 11 returning letterwinners from a squad that went 25-7 in 2012 and made the NCAA round of 16. Junior Krista Vansant and senior Kylin Muñoz were named to the Preseason All-Pac-12 Team, and Washington was voted third in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll.
Volleyball will be the first of three Washington teams to take on Boise State this weekend, followed by football on Saturday and women’s soccer on Sunday.
• Northwest U lost its first two matches, falling to Menlo and Lewis-Clark State by a score of 3-1 in each match.
• The Seattle Thunderbirds signed center Kaden Elder, the team’s second first-round draft pick this year, and left wing Nolan Volcan, Seattle’s second-round pick. Both will play in the Everett Silvertips Preseason Tournament this weekend at Comcast Arena.
• The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will compete in two games in the Seattle area this weekend. WWAST, comprised of veterans and active-duty soldiers who have lost limbs, will play a military team of Joint Base Lewis-McChord personnel at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma at 11 a.m. on Saturday before taking on Seattle U at Logan Field at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
From sports-information reports.