Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 6, 2008) – USA Volleyball announced today the 22 players selected to the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team, which will train May 15-18 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
After the training session in Atlanta, the team will be narrowed down to 12 players who will represent USA Volleyball as its 2008 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team at the NORCECA U-18 Continental Championship at Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The NORCECA event takes place July 3-11.
Jim Stone (Columbus, Ohio), a retired head women’s volleyball coach at The Ohio State University, will serve as head coach of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that will compete at the NORCECA U-18 Continental Championship July 3-11 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He will be assisted by University of West Florida Head Coach Melissa Wolter (Pensacola, Fla.) and TCA Volleyball Club Director and Head Coach Neil Mason (Newport Coast, Calif.). The team trainers will be Daryl Tamashiro (Waipahu, Hawai’i), Blaine Tendler (Burlington, N.C.) and Shawn Taylor (Valparaiso, Ind.).
The 22-player training team includes 19 players who were invited to the USA Volleyball Select A1 roster. A total of 17 of those players earned a medal at the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in various divisions.
All 10 members of the USA Select Red Team that won gold in 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championship International Junior Division have been selected to the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team. Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.), Tori Dixon (Savage, Minn.), Anna Dorn (Munster, Ind.), Kristina Graven (San Jose, Calif.), Madelyn Hutson (Brentwood, Tenn.), Deja McClendon (Louisville, Ky.), Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.), Amy Scullion (Salem, Ohio), Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) and Ashley Wittman (Skakopee, Minn.) were part of the winning USA Select Red Team. McClendon was tabbed as the International Junior Division most valuable player.
The USA Select Blue Team, which includes 2008 U.S. Girls’ Youth Training Team members Jazmine Orozco (Lakewood, Calif.), Erica Denney (Centennial, Colo.) and Molly Kreklow (Hamlake, Minn.), won the 2007 International Youth Division at the HP Championships. Orozco earned the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championship most valuable player award in the International Youth Division.
Kelly Reeves (San Diego), Adrienne Gehan (Dallas) and Carly Wopat (Goleta, Calif.), all silver medalists for USA Select White in the International Youth Division of the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, have moved up to the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team. Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.), who won a silver medal in the National Youth Division of the 2007 HP Championships, was also selected for this year’s U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team.
Kaitlyn Leary (Parma, Ohio), Elizabeth McMahon (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Kylann Scheidt (Knoxville, Tenn.) are new to the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.
“We have assembled an outstanding training team roster for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team program,” USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor High Performance Tom Pingel said. “The process was challenging based on the high talent level that participated in the tryouts for the program. It is good to see players continue to develop and make the jump from the Select age group to the Youth age group. Just as important, I am excited to see new players get involved in the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.”
The Southern California Region has the most participants with seven players, while North Country has three players.
U.S. Girls’ Youth National Training Team
Name (Pos., Ht, Hometown, Grad Year, Club, Region)
Hannah Allison (Setter, 5-11, Siloam Springs, Ark., 2010, Ozark Volleyball Academy, Delta)
Lydia Bai (Outside Hitter, 6-2, Tustin, Calif., 2010, TCA, Southern California)
Jennifer Bonilla (Libero, 5-9, Reseda, Calif., 2010, SCVC, Southern California)
Erica Denney (Middle Blocker, 6-5, Centennial, Colo., 2010, Front Range, Rocky Mountain)
Tori Dixon (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Savage, Minn., 2010 Mizuno Northern Lights, North Country)
Anna Dorn (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Munster, Ind., 2010, Dunes, Hoosier)
Adrienne Gehan (Middle Blocker, 6-3, Dallas, Texas, 2010, Skyline Jrs., North Texas)
Kristina Graven (Outside Hitter/Libero, 6-0, San Jose, Calif., 2010, Vision Volleyball Club, Northern California)
Madelyn Hutson (Middle Blocker, 6-5, Brentwood, Tenn., 2011, Impact VB Club, Southern)
Molly Kreklow (Setter, 6-0, Hamlake, Minn., 2010, Mizuno Northern Lights, North Country)
Kaitlyn Leary (Outside Hitter, 6-1, Parma, Ohio, 2010, Cleveland Volleyball Company, Ohio Valley)
Deja McClendon (Outside Hitter, 6-0, Louisville, Ky., 2010, Asics KIVA, Pioneer)
Elizabeth McMahon (Middle Blocker, 6-6, Liberty Township, Ohio, 2011, Team Z, Ohio Valley)
Jazmine Orozco (Outside Hitter, 6-0, Lakewood, Calif., 2010, SCVC, Southern California)
Lauren Plum (Setter, 5-8, Poway, Calif., 2010, Epic, Southern California)
Kelly Reeves (Outside Hitter, Libero, 6-0, San Diego, Calif., 2010, Wave, Southern California)
Kylann Scheidt (Setter, 6-0, Knoxville, Tenn., 2010, Smoky Mountain Juniors, Southern)
Amy Scullion (Outside Hitter, 6-0, Salem, Ohio, 2010, Tri-County, Ohio Valley)
Carly Thomas (Setter, 5-11, Swansea, Ill., 2010, Southwest Illinois VBC, Gateway)
Krista Vansant (Outside Hitter, 6-3, Redlands, Calif., 2011, Rancho Valley Volleyball Club, Southern California)
Ashley Wittman (Outside Hitter, 6-1, Shakopee, Minn., 2010, Mizuno Northern Lights, North Country)
Carly Wopat (Middle Blocker, 6-2, Goleta, Calif., 2010, Santa Barbara V-Ball Club, Southern California)
Head Coach: Jim Stone (Columbus, Ohio, retired Ohio State University women’s head coach)
Assistant Coach: Melissa Wolter (Pensacola, Fla., University of West Florida head women’s coach)
Assistant Coach: Neil Mason (Newport Coast, Calif., TCA director and head coach)
Trainer: Daryl Tamashiro (Waipahu, Hawai’i, Hawai’i Pacific University assistant women’s coach)
Trainer: Blaine Tendler (Burlington, N.C., Piedmont Triad Volleyball Club)
Trainer: Shawn Taylor (Valparaiso, Ind., Valparaiso University assistant women’s coach)