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Mar 30 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Roster Selected

March 30, 2009, 3:41 p.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 30, 2009) – USA Volleyball has selected 24 players and four coaches to lead its U.S. Women’s National A2 Program for 2009.

The 2009 U.S. Women’s National A2 program is scheduled to train May 18-22 in Minneapolis before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships. The Open Division flight takes place May 23-26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Additional information on the tournament can be found at http://usavolleyball.org/event/event/574.

The 2009 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. The 24 players come from 19 different collegiate programs.

Middle blockers selected for the A2 National program are Johannah Bangert (University of Illinois, Washington, Mo.), Ashley Benson (University of Indiana, Bloomington, Ind.), Brittnee Cooper (LSU, Houston, Texas), Neticia Enesi (University of Oregon, The Dalles, Ore.), Lindsay Fletemier (University of Dayton, Garden City, Mich.) and Naomi Washington (Long Beach State University, New Orleans, La.).

Setters selected for the A2 squad are Carli Lloyd (University of California-Berkeley, Bonsall, Calif.), Kaylee Manns (Iowa State University, Topeka, Kan.), Sarah Rumely (University of Kentucky, New Palestine, Ind.) and Paige Weber (University of Arizona, Indianapolis, Ind.).

Liberos/Defensive specialists chosen for the A2 program are Haley Carroll (University of San Francisco, Gilroy, Calif.), Ashley Edinger (University of Illinois, Michigan City, Ind.), Laura Gonzalez (University of Albany, Carolina, Puerto Rico) and Christine Tan (University of Minnesota, Safety Harbor, Fla.).

Outside hitters and opposites named to the A2 team are Sarah Ammerman (Texas A&M, Parker, Colo.), Michelle Bartsch (University of Illinois, Maryville, Ill.), Ashlie Christenson (Baylor University, Cleburne, Texas), Laura DeBruler (University of Illinois, Downers Grove, Ill.), Whitney Dosty (University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.), Ellen Herman (Ohio University, Toledo, Ohio), Kristy Jaeckel (University of Florida, Littleton, Colo.), Ashleigh McCord (Rice University, Wylie, Texas), Tarah Murrey (University of California-Berkeley, El Cerrito, Calif.) and Brooks Webster (University of Alabama, Baltimore, Md.).

Ammerman, Cooper, Herman, Jaeckel and Lloyd are all repeat selections from the 2008 U.S. Women’s National A2 program. Manns competed on the 2007 U.S. Women’s National A2 program.

The players, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2009, were selected as part of the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 160 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.

In addition, USA Volleyball has announced the coaching staff for the U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams. Kansas State University Head Coach Suzie Fritz and Arizona State University Head Coach Jason Watson will serve as head coaches for the program, while University of the Pacific Assistant Coach Aven Lee and University of Minnesota Associate Head Coach Scott Swanson will serve as assistant coaches.

2009 USA Women’s National A2 Team Roster
Name (Position, College, 2009 College Eligibility, Hometown)
Sarah Ammerman (Outside Hitter, Texas A&M, Sr., Parker, Colo.)
Johannah Bangert (Middle Blocker, Illinois, Jr., Washington, Mo.)
Michelle Bartsch (Outside Hitter, Illinois, So., Maryville, Ill.)
Ashley Benson (Middle Blocker, Indiana, Jr., Bloomington, Ind.)
Haley Carroll (Libero, San Francisco, Sr., Gilroy, Calif.)
Ashlie Christenson (Outside Hitter, Baylor, Jr., Cleburne, Texas)
Brittnee Cooper (Middle Blocker, LSU, Sr., Houston, Texas)
Laura DeBruler (Outside Hitter, Illinois, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill.)
Whitney Dosty (Outside Hitter, Arizona, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.)
Ashley Edinger (Libero, Illinois, Sr., Michigan City, Ind.)
Neticia Enesi (Middle Blocker, Oregon, Sr., The Dalles, Ore.)
Lindsay Fletemier (Middle Blocker, Dayton, Jr., Garden City, Mich.)
Laurie Gonzalez (Libero, Albany, So., Carolina, Puerto Rico)
Ellen Herman (Outside Hitter, Ohio, Sr., Toledo, Ohio)
Kristy Jaeckel (Outside Hitter, Florida, So., Littleton, Colo.)
Carli Lloyd (Setter, California, Jr., Bonsall, Calif.)
Kaylee Manns (Setter, Iowa State, Sr., Topeka, Kan.)
Ashleigh McCord (Outside Hitter, Rice, So., Wylie, Texas)
Tarah Murrey (Outside Hitter, California, So., El Cerrito, Calif.)
Sarah Rumely (Setter, Kentucky, Sr., New Palestine, Ind.)
Christine Tan (Libero, Minnesota, Sr., Safety Harbor, Fla.)
Naomi Washington (Middle Blocker, Long Beach State, Sr., New Orleans, La.)
Paige Weber (Setter, Arizona, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Brooks Webster (Outside Hitter, Alabama, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)

U.S. Women's National A2 Team Coaching Staff
Head Coaches: Suzie Fritz (Kansas State) and Jason Watson (Arizona State)
Assistant Coaches: Scott Swanson (Minnesota) and Aven Lee (Pacific)

Sarah Ammerman (Outside Hitter, Texas A&M, Sr., Parker, Colo.)
Sarah Ammerman, who also earned a spot on the 2008 USA National A2 Team, was Texas A&M’s most valuable player for 2008 after leading the Aggies in both kills and points. She averaged 3.81 points and 3.35 kills per set as a junior while adding a 2.35 dig average. Ammerman had 11 double-doubles in 2008.

Johannah Bangert (Middle Blocker, Illinois, Jr., Washington, Mo.)
Johannah Bangert was named AVCA All-Mideast Region honorable mention in 2008 after leading the nation in block average with 1.60 per set. She tallied a career-high 12 block assists in a win over New Mexico State and had 10 matches with at least nine blocks. Bangert, who helped Illinois to the NCAA Sweet 16, added 1.45 kills per set with a .238 attack percentage.

Michelle Bartsch (Outside Hitter, Illinois, So., Maryville, Ill.)
Michelle Bartsch was selected as the Big Ten and AVCA All-Mideast Region Freshman of the Year in her first season at Illinois. She averaged 1.06 blocks per set while adding a 2.34 kill average in helping Illinois to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Bartsch, who was a starting middle blocker on the U.S. Junior National Team that won the gold medal at the 2008 NORCECA Continental Championship, also contributed 53 digs on defense.

Ashley Benson (Middle Blocker, Indiana, Jr., Bloomington, Ind.)
Ashley Benson led Indiana in both hitting efficiency at .303 and set a school record for total blocks with 167 as the Hoosiers finished with a 17-15 record in 2008. She ranked 19th in the country in block average at 1.37 per set. Benson added 372 kills and 82 digs en route to being named AVCA All-Mideast Region honorable mention.

Haley Carroll (Libero, San Francisco, Sr., Gilroy, Calif.)
Haley Carroll was named All-West Coast Conference honorable mention as a junior while San Francisco advanced to the NCAA Tournament first round. She ranked second in the WCC in digs with 519 (4.55 per set) to help the Dons to a school-best 11-3 conference record. Carroll earned the WCC Defender of the Year in 2007 as a sophomore.

Ashlie Christenson (Outside Hitter, Baylor, Jr., Cleburne, Texas)
Ashlie Christenson helped Baylor to an 18-13 overall record in 2008. She averaged 2.79 points per set despite starting only 15 of 31 matches her sophomore season. Christenson tallied 258 kills and 51 blocks for the Bears, along with 11 double-digit kills matches.

Brittnee Cooper (Middle Blocker, LSU, Sr., Houston, Texas)
Brittnee Cooper, a repeat selection to the USA A2 Team, was named AVCA All-South Region and All-SEC in 2008. In pacing LSU to an 18-10 record and NCAA tournament berth in 2008, she compiled a .336 hitting efficiency with 2.90 kills per set as part of a 3.64 points average. Cooper tallied at least five blocks in 11 matches.

Laura DeBruler (Outside Hitter, Illinois, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill.)
Laura DeBruler was selected as AVCA All-America Second-Team and unanimous All-Big Ten selection in 2008. She led the Big Ten in scoring (5.17 points per set) and kill average (4.66 per set), which also ranked sixth in the NCAA. DeBruler finished with 587 kills and hit .253 for the year, along with 379 digs (3.01 average per set) and 28 aces (0.22 average per set).

Whitney Dosty (Outside Hitter, Arizona, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.)
Whitney Dosty, who missed the 2007 collegiate season with knee injuries, came back in 2008 to provide Arizona with 281 kills while adding 61 blocks in 99 sets. She averaged 2.84 kills and 0.62 blocks per set. Dosty led the Wildcats in kills in eight matches, including her season-high 20 kills against Southern California.

Ashley Edinger (Libero, Illinois, Sr., Michigan City, Ind.)
Ashley Edinger became Illinois’ all-time dig leader last season and now has 1,614 in her career. She averaged 4.50 digs per set as a junior in helping the Fighting Illini to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Edinger’s 562 digs in 2008 ranks second-best in school history for a single season, while also holding six of the top 10 Illinois single match dig totals.

Neticia Enesi (Middle Blocker, Oregon, Sr., The Dalles, Ore.)
Neticia Enesi was honored as an AVCA All-America Second-Team pick in 2008 as Oregon reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. She set the Ducks’ single season school record for hitting efficiency with a .389 mark on 2.42 kills per set. Enesi, an All-Pac 10 First-Team selection, also added a school record 143 block assists as part of a 1.26 block average.

Lindsay Fletemier (Middle Blocker, Dayton, Jr., Garden City, Mich.)
Lindsay Fletemier led Dayton in attacking and blocking in 2008 as she charted averages of 3.26 kills and 1.04 blocks per set. She added a team-leading .342 attack efficiency as the Flyers finished with a 21-13 record and a NCAA Tournament at-large berth. Fletemier earned AVCA All-America honorable mention honors in 2008, as well as All-Atlantic 10 First-Team.

Laurie Gonzalez (Libero, Albany, So., Carolina, Puerto Rico)
Laurie Gonzalez, the 2008 America East Defensive Specialist of the Year as a freshman, played in all 32 matches for Albany leading the Great Danes to a 23-9 overall record and 12-0 mark in the America East Conference. She averaged 4.02 digs per set with 462 overall teams. Gonzalez, the first rookie to win the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award, added 26 aces in 115 sets for a 0.23 ace average.

Ellen Herman (Outside Hitter, Ohio, Sr., Toledo, Ohio)
Ellen Herman, who earned MVP honors at the USA Adult Open Championship as part of USA A2 Red Team, became the first Ohio University non-senior player to earn AVCA All-America recognition with honorable mention status in 2008. She ranked ninth nationally in kill average with 4.57 per set, a school single season record along with her 526 kills. Herman earned the 2008 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honor.

Kristy Jaeckel (Outside Hitter, Florida, So., Littleton, Colo.)
Kristy Jaeckel, who was selected to the USA A2 program in 2008, recorded 2.91 kills per set as a redshirt freshman at Florida in 2008. She led the Gators in scoring 11 times and ranked second in scoring average with 3.30 points per set. Jaeckel was named to the 2008 All-SEC Freshman Team and was the first player in school history to earn All-SEC Freshman of the Week back-to-back weeks.

Carli Lloyd (Setter, California, Jr., Bonsall, Calif.)
Carli Lloyd, who led the USA A2 Red Team to the USA Adult Open Championship title in 2008, ranked second in the Pac-10 and third nationally in assists per set in 2008 as the Bears reached the NCAA Tournament region finals. She also ranked second on the team in digs with a 2.42 average. Lloyd, who also had 96 kills and 68 blocks, led the Bears to a .287 team hitting efficiency.

Kaylee Manns (Setter, Iowa State, Sr., Topeka, Kan.)
Kaylee Manns, who also was a 2008 USA A2 selection, earned AVCA All-America Second-Team honors in 2008 as she set the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament regional final. She ranked fourth nationally in assist average with 11.69 per set. Manns, who set Iowa State to a .238 team attack percentage in 2008, is only 64 assists shy of setting the school record.

Ashleigh McCord (Outside Hitter, Rice, So., Wylie, Texas)
Ashleigh McCord was named to the Conference USA All-Newcomer Team in 2008 after providing Rice with 305 kills and a .282 attack percentage as a freshman. She helped the Owls to a 23-8 overall record last season, including a 12-4 mark in Conference USA action. McCord, who played in 110 of 113 Owl sets as a freshman, averaged 3.03 points, 2.77 kills and 0.45 blocks per set.

Tarah Murrey (Outside Hitter, California, So., El Cerrito, Calif.)
Tarah Murrey started 26 of 33 matches as freshman leading California to the NCAA Tournament region finals before losing to eventual national champion Penn State. She averaged 2.43 kills, 0.45 blocks and 1.55 digs per set while hitting .221. Murrey, who was named the most valuable player after leading the 2006 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to the NORCECA Continental Championship, was named to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.

Sarah Rumely (Setter, Kentucky, Sr., New Palestine, Ind.)
Sarah Rumely was selected as the 2008 SEC Player of the Year as well as being placed on the AVCA All-American honorable mention list as a junior at Kentucky. She notched 12 matches with at least 40 assists in 2008 as part of a 10.30 assist average in leading the Wildcats to a .251 team attack percentage. Rumely added 0.87 blocks, 2.38 digs and 1.11 kills per set as Kentucky finished 26-6 in 2008 with an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Christine Tan (Libero, Minnesota, Sr., Safety Harbor, Fla.)
Christine Tan earned AVCA All-America honorable mention selection as a junior for Minnesota in 2008 after compiling 611 digs for fourth most in school history for a single season. She led the Big Ten Conference in digs with 4.89 digs per set. Tan also finished second on the Gophers in aces with 22 while adding 56 assists.

Naomi Washington (Middle Blocker, Long Beach State, Sr., New Orleans, La.)
Naomi Washington was selected AVCA All-America honorable mention in 2008 as Long Beach State finished with a 26-6 record and berth in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. She provided the 49ers with a .351 attack efficiency, which ranked second-best in the Big West Conference. Washington contributed a team-leading 115 blocks as part of a 0.94 block average while adding a 2.36 kill average.

Paige Weber (Setter, Arizona, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Paige Weber provided Arizona with 10.58 assists per set as a sophomore in 2008 while starting all 106 sets played. She currently has 2,451 assists in two seasons at Arizona, good for seventh-place all-time at the school. Weber added averages of 0.71 kills, 0.44 blocks, 1.72 digs and 0.27 aces per set in 2008, while setting the Wildcats to a .228 team attack percentage.

Brooks Webster (Outside Hitter, Alabama, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
Brooks Webster was tabbed to the AVCA All-South Region Team and was named All-SEC First Team in 2008. She led the SEC in kills per set with a 4.17 average against league opponents and tallied 12 double-doubles as a junior. Webster led the Crimson Tide with 424 kills and added 287 digs and 45 blocks during the season.

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