SEATTLE – (May 2) Utlizing the off season for improving their on-court skills is always valuable. But the off season is also a time for team building a creative activities for Seattle University volleyball.

The Redhawks recently took advantage of an opportunity to do just that, competing in the Reebok Spartan Sprint, held at the Meadow Wood Equestrian Center in Snohomish, Wash. The race, the shortest distance race hosted as part of a Spartan Race, is between 3-5 miles and includes more than 20 "Signature Spartan Obstacles."

Players and Head Coach James Finley reflected on the activity:

"I never thought about doing something like the Spartan Race, but today I did it and I am very thankful to my team with whom I had a great experience with. We supported each other in every obstacle and I felt a great connection between us. It was hard at the beginning but thanks to my teammates I accomplished my goals and did things that I didn't even know I can do or will ever do such as diving in the mud. But we struggled together and at the end came out as winners because team work makes the dream work.” - Katarina Glavinic

"Today was tons of fun and filled with lots of mud! But I think the most important part of today was sharing this experience with my teammates. Going through each obstacle, I knew that we could count on each other for encouragement and support. We traveled like a pack of wolves and helped each other succeed. No energy vampires were allowed. Only positive vibes were acceptable. Many memories were created today, bringing us closer as a team.” - Aly Borje-Bonkowski

"It was a unique, wet, extraordinary experience that made me push thru my limits. The feeling of accomplishing it was very satisfactory. I couldn't have survived without my team." - Mila Duarte

"The ability of our team to work together to accomplish a given physical task lead me to choose the Mud Run as a team building activity. My desire is for the team to find a way to find success while under physical and mental stress. That through helping each other with a common goal we can continue to learn how to push through and find success, together. Finding this off the court helps us understand how wonderful and positive we feel when we complete a difficult task. Also, it is pure fun working together." - James Finley

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