SEATTLE - Washington officially welcomed a new face to practice this week as Juanita High School grad Jade Finau was added to the roster and practiced with the Dawgs for the first time prior to UW's trip to Pullman and Eugene.
Finau is a 5-foot, 8-inch setter and native of Marysville. She is the younger sister of Jarett Finau, a sophomore defensive end on the Husky footbal team. The unanimous KingCo league MVP is walking on.
"She's a great person and she's a great volleyball player," said Head Coach Jim McLaughlin. "She's really had to earn her way on this thing, but she's done it. Everybody's so happy she's in the gym with us. Her first day was a good day. She popped right in and it was like she had been here forever; that said a lot about her."
Finau committed to UW as a senior, and was admitted to school, but needed to pass an extra class to gain clearance with the NCAA. She was rated a Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball.com in the 101-250 range, and was named to the Seattle Times All-Area Team as a senior. She played club volleyball with Washington Volleyball Academy from 2008-12 and Seattle Juniors in 2012-13.
McLaughlin likes the intangibles Finau brings, saying, "She's got a very strong presence. She just can make plays. She'll be able to run our system, and I think she can run it fast and accurately. As she learns and continues to improve the sky is the limit."