The three other starters, ex-USC stars Debbie Landreth, Terry Place and Sue Woodstra, are excellent all-round players, and several less-experienced players are coming up fast.
The next competition for the U.S. team is much more important than the U.S.- Japan tour. It is the American zone tournament in Cuba in April, where the U.S. squad must finish ahead of Canada and Mexico to qualify for Moscow. Cuba, the finest women's team in the world right now, has already qualified by winning the World Championships (the US finished fifth but lost fewer games than any team except Cuba).
With the Cuban trip in mind, the finest national women's volleyball team in U.S. history planned to take off all of four days in Hawaii after the Japan tour ended in Hilo. Then it would be back to Barracks 13 for fund raising, clinics and new commando drills that Selinger has been anxiously waiting to unleash.