COLORADO SPRINGS , Colo. - USA Volleyball has selected 24 players and four coaches to lead its U.S. Women’s National A2 Program for 2010.
The 2010 U.S. Women’s National A2 program is scheduled to train May 24-28 in Tempe, Ariz., before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships held in nearby Phoenix. The Open Division flight takes place May 29-June 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Additional information on the tournament can be found at www.usavolleyball.org/events/2245.
“I was very happy with the level of the tryout held in February and, as a result, we expect that this year’s A2 teams will be very strong in training and in competition at the USA Open National Championships,” U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon ( Christchurch, New Zealand) said. “The future continues to look bright for the U.S. Women’s National Team with the talent coming up through the pipeline.”
Copyrighted by USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman Monique Monique (Georgia Tech) hits against Juliane Piggott (UC Irvine) and Rachael Adams ( Texas). The 2010 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. The 24 players come from 18 different collegiate programs.
“As we thought the open tryout in February was the best and deepest collection of athletes that we had seen at that event, we feel the same about this group of A2 athletes,” USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor High Performance Tom Pingel said. “I'm already looking forward to watching this group in training and the Open Championships.”
Middle blockers selected for the A2 National program are Rachael Adams (University of Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio), Alyssa Davis (Auburn University, Oakland Park, Fla.), Jen Doris (University of Texas, Houston), Lindsay Fletemier (University of Dayton, Garden City, Mich.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.) and Dominique Olowolafe (Cal Poly, Lansing, Mich.).
Setters selected for the A2 squad are Carli Lloyd ( University of California-Berkeley, Bonsall, Calif.), Kelly Murphy ( University of Florida, Wilmington, Ill.), Evan Sanders ( Colorado State University, Lafayette, Colo.) and Paige Weber ( University of Arizona, Indianapolis, Ind.).
Copyrighted by USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman Ashley Mass ( Iowa State) passes during February's Open Tryout. Liberos/Defensive specialists chosen for the A2 program are Ellie Blankenship ( University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Laura Gonzalez ( University of Albany, Carolina, Puerto Rico), Ashley Mass ( Iowa State University, Muskego, Wis.) and Sydney Yogi ( University of Texas, Honolulu).
Outside hitters and opposites named to the A2 team are Michelle Bartsch (University of Illinois, Maryville, Ill.), Kelsey Black (Texas A&M, Amarillo, Texas), Kanani Danielson (University of Hawaii, Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Laura DeBruler (University of Illinois, Downers Grove, Ill.), Whitney Dosty (University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.), Juliann Faucette (University of Texas, San Diego, Calif.), Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, Newnan, Ga.), Tarah Murrey (University of California-Berkeley, El Cerrito, Calif.), Juliane Piggot (UC Irvine, Newport Beach, Calif.) and Ali Troost (University of San Diego, Hemet, Calif.).
Bartsch, DeBruler, Fletemier, Lloyd, Murrey and Weber all were part of the 2009 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program.
The players, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2010, were selected as part of the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 175 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.
In addition, USA Volleyball has announced the coaching staff for the U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams. University of Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere and University of Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen will serve as head coaches for the program, while University of Virginia Assistant Coach Jill Kramer and LSU Assistant Coach Steve Loeswick will serve as assistant coaches for the program.