USA Women’s A2 Teams Earn Silver and Bronze

May 27, 2009, 12:09 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 26, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National A2 Teams picked up the silver and bronze medals at the 80th USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships held at Minneapolis, which started May 23 and continues through May 30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The University of Washington, playing under its club name of Huskies VBC, captured the gold medal with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 victory over USA A2 Red in the title match on Tuesday. UW went through the tournament without a set loss in eight matches. Ironically, USA A2 Red defeated Huskies VBC in last year’s gold-medal match.

USA A2 Blue lost to USA A2 Red in the playoff to advance to the title match and settled for the bronze medal. Ohio University’s Ellen Herman (Toledo, Ohio) was named all-tournament for the USA A2 Red Team after earning the most valuable player honor at the 2008 event. Cal-Berkeley’s Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.) represented the USA A2 Blue Team on the all-tournament honor roll.

Huskies VBC. Photo copyrighted by USA VolleyballWashington’s Jill Collymore was selected as the Open Division Most Valuable Player, while Husky teammates Tamari Miyashiro, Jenna Hagglund and Kindra Carlson rounded out the all-tournament team.

The USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline A2 Teams have been competing in the Open Division since 2003. The USA A2 program has won the Open Division championship in 2004 and 2008. The A2 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 the Men’s Open Division, Team Paul Mitchell cruised through the field without a loss in eight matches. It defeated Team BC 25-20, 25-23, 25-18 in the gold medal match. Team Paul Mitchel won 24 of its 30 sets played in this year’s Open Division. The elite squad has now won seven of the Men’s Open Division titles this century and eight overall Open championships since 1994. Team Paul Mitchell has also secured five silver medals in the Open Division since winning its first championship in 1994.

USA Volleyball has showcased its USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships for 80 years since the organization’s founding in 1928. Except for 1943 and 1944 during the height of World War II, the Open has been a mainstay celebrating adult volleyball nationally.

The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the Open has featured the sport of volleyball from coast-to-coast.

For additional championship flight results and tournament information, click here.

2009 USA Women’s National A2 Red Team
Name (Position, College, 2009 College Eligibility, Hometown)
1 - Christine Tan (Libero, Minnesota, Sr., Safety Harbor, Fla.)
3 - Kaylee Manns (Setter, Iowa State, Sr., Topeka, Kan.)
4 - Sarah Rumely (Setter, Kentucky, Sr., New Palestine, Ind.)
5 - Ashlie Christenson (Outside Hitter, Baylor, Jr., Cleburne, Texas)
6 - Kristy Jaeckel (Outside Hitter, Florida, So., Littleton, Colo.)
7 - Michelle Bartsch (Outside Hitter, Illinois, So., Maryville, Ill.)
8 - Neticia Enesi (Middle Blocker, Oregon, Sr., The Dalles, Ore.)
9 - Naomi Washington (Middle Blocker, Long Beach State, Sr., New Orleans, La.)
11 - Ellen Herman (Outside Hitter, Ohio, Sr., Toledo, Ohio)
12 - Brittnee Cooper (Middle Blocker, LSU, Sr., Houston, Texas)
13 - Ashley Edinger (Libero, Illinois, Sr., Michigan City, Ind.)
16 - Ashleigh McCord (Outside Hitter, Rice, So., Wylie, Texas)
Head Coach: Jason Watson (Arizona State)
Assistant Coach: Aven Lee (Pacific)

2009 USA Women’s National A2 Blue Team
Name (Position, College, 2009 College Eligibility, Hometown)
1 - Laurie Gonzalez (Libero, Albany, So., Carolina, Puerto Rico)
2 - Carli Lloyd (Setter, California, Jr., Bonsall, Calif.)
3 - Johannah Bangert (Middle Blocker, Illinois, Jr., Washington, Mo.)
4 - Brooks Webster (Outside Hitter, Alabama, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)
5 - Haley Carroll (Libero, San Francisco, Sr., Gilroy, Calif.)
10 - Laura DeBruler (Outside Hitter, Illinois, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill.)
12 - Paige Weber (Setter, Arizona, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
13 - Sarah Ammerman (Outside Hitter, Texas A&M, Sr., Parker, Colo.)
14 - Whitney Dosty (Outside Hitter, Arizona, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.)
15 - Lindsay Fletemier (Middle Blocker, Dayton, Jr., Garden City, Mich.)
17 - Ashley Benson (Middle Blocker, Indiana, Jr., Bloomington, Ind.)
18 - Tarah Murrey (Outside Hitter, California, So., El Cerrito, Calif.)
Head Coach: Suzie Fritz (Kansas State)
Assistant Coach: Scott Swanson (Minnesota)