Sunday, August 25, 2013

Husky Alumni Christal Engle (Morrison) Starting to Leave a Mark on Pro Beach Volleyball

Christal Engle became immediately famous for her fitness, now her volleyball is turning heads.
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The center court crowd went slightly mental when Christal Engle's home beach was announced as Alki Beach before the Women's Open division finals at the 2013 Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament.  Seattle was well represented among the astronaut helmet wearers, sangria sippers, party couch occupants and junior players watching the championship match and they were happy to have a local hero in the match.

Engle was an integral part of the Washington Huskies 2005 National Championship team and was the school's first four time All-American as well as the leader in a large handful of offensive stat categories.  Not long after leaving the UW, she started her beach career with aspirations of similar dominance, but the transition has taken a bit more time than her fans had originally hoped.

2013 was her third consecutive finals appearance at Seaside.  She won in 2011 and came in runner up in 2012 and 2013.  This year she followed up the Seaside tournament with a third place finish at the AVP opener in Salt Lake City.  At just 27 years old, she is entering what should be her professional prime and all signs point that her career is heading the right direction.  Seattle fans are hopeful that their hometown hero will become their champion in the near future.

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