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Pacific Northwest women keep in mind teammate

March 26, 2009 10:43 AM

by Blake Grimsley, usta.com

TUCSON – The Pacific Northwest women have come to the National Championships with two goals in mind; to have fun and to showcase their strong team unity.

That unity was present when a teammate’s husband was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

“Liz explained to us the situation and why she wouldn’t be making the trip,” said van Breda Kolff. “Our team is now playing to honor her and her family by competing with intensity and fairness.”

The team was heartbroken for their teammate and what she was going through. They completely understood how she needed to be at home with her family. They are now banding together to play in their first National Championship. The nucleus of the team, which is based in Spokane, Wash., has been together now for four years.

“This is a our first National Championships and we’re all very excited to be in Tucson, said van Breda Kolff. “It’s great to be around teams from all over the country.”

A few of the other team members were joking that the early morning rain served as a home-court advantage due to the frequent rainfall that the Pacific Northwest area receives.

The team knows that Liz and her family will be cheering on team Pacific Norwest from at home in Spokane.

“We just want to represent our great team dynamics and harmony. We know Liz sends her love and we’ll keep her in our prayers,” said van Breda Kolff.

The Pacific Northwest women kick off play today by taking on the women of Hawaii.

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