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Youngest Tuiasosopo stating her case in Woodinville

Special to The Seattle Times

TACOMA — Woodinville guard Ashley Tuiasosopo hails from a family rich in sports success and experience.

Tuiasosopo, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, became the fifth and final sibling in the family to get a taste of the state experience while in high school at Woodinville. She also had the support of brother, Marques, and sister, Leslie, who sat side by side in the Tacoma Dome bleachers for Wednesday's first-round game.

"She's been to a lot of our games over the years, so it's fun to sit in the stands and watch her play the game she loves," said Marques Tuiasosopo, an Oakland Raiders quarterback and the former Washington star. "With all the games she's watched us play, it's nice to come support her."

Leslie Tuiasosopo, an assistant on Washington's 2005 NCAA championship volleyball team, relished the rare opportunity to see the youngest of five brothers and sisters play.

"It's always fun to come watch her play," Leslie said. "It's more exciting, because state is fun and it's all the best teams in a big arena.

"It's fun to see her with this experience."

That experience seems to run in the family, headed by father Manu Tuiasosopo, a former NFL defensive end who played for the Seahawks.

"It not only speaks to their athleticism, but to their heart," Woodinville coach Steve Segadelli said. "With her bloodlines, it makes [Ashley] feel like she's already been through it."

Tuiasosopo had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists in her state-tournament debut, a 60-44 win over Puyallup. She handled the point-guard duties when LeeAnn Palo was in foul trouble.

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