April 3, 2003
The Cougars return nine starters and 21 letterwinners from a team that put together an 11-7-2 record in 2002, including a program-best 5-2-2 in the Pac-10, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years.
"It's fitting our captains for the 2003 season will be people that have given their heart and soul to the program and Washington State University," said Tobias, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. "We are excited to have such great leadership and we know that Rachel, Kim, and Shay will have a tremendous impact on both current and future Cougar teams."
Hobby has been a steady presence on the Cougar defense for three seasons, starting all 57 matches in her WSU career. The Danville, Calif., native was one of the team's co-most valuable players last year and earned Pac-10 honorable mention as a freshman. Hobby is looking forward to her new role.
"We have a lot of leaders on our team," Hobby said. "Our entire team has a lot of input and we take that into account and respect that. This is a title that has come with my time here and I'm very honored."
Morgan is 12th in points all-time at Washington State and has also been a staple in the Cougar lineup since her arrival, starting 56 matches, including a pair in the NCAA Tournament. The Seattle native shared team most valuable player honors with Hobby.
"We have so many good players returning," Morgan said. "Everybody knows what we have to do. As captains, we just have to keep everybody focused and try to push everybody to the next level."
Rodrick will fill the captain's role for the third time in her career next fall. Rodrick is fourth at WSU all time in points and goals, and tied for sixth in assists. The University Place, Wash., product is eager to make a return trip to the postseason.
"I think we need to make sure everybody is doing their workouts and as a team come fit," Rodrick said. "We need to lead by example at the beginning of they year and show the incoming freshmen what WSU soccer is all about. We need to hold the team together because in the preseason we have such a difficult schedule."
Washington State begins the 2003 season at the Arena Sports Pac-10/ACC Challenge in Seattle against national powerhouses North Carolina Aug. 29 and Maryland Aug. 31.