May 9, 2005
SEATTLE- Washington volleyball player Sanja Tomasevic will return for a fourth season of competition next fall. Under NCAA eligibility rules, Tomasevic was penalized a year of eligibility because of her late enrollment in college. The NCAA recently granted an eligibility petition filed by UW on Tomasevic's behalf, thereby awarding her a fourth year of competition.
The NCAA granted the waiver based on a variety of circumstances beyond Tomasevic's control that delayed her ability to enroll in college. Primarily among those circumstances was the 1999 war between NATO and her home country of Yugoslavia.
Last season, Tomasevic led the Huskies to their first-ever Pac-10 Championship and the program's first Final Four appearance. She helped Washington set school records for best start and consecutive wins when it started the season with a 22-0 record. Tomasevic was also a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection.
Tomasevic missed five weeks of the regular season due to a broken hand suffered in practice but returned in time for the final Pac-10 series of the season and the postseason. She was named the Regional Tournament MVP after leading the Huskies with 24 kills in the regional final.
"This is great news for the University of Washington volleyball program," said head coach Jim McLaughlin. "Sanja has been an integral part of our team for the past three years and she has helped us build the program to where it stands currently. Having missed a good part of last season due to injury, I am very pleased that she will get another chance to show everyone what kind of player she is. We expect another tremendous season from her and are grateful to have not only her talent back but also her maturity, experience and leadership."