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March 17, 2011, 1:29 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (updated May 21, 2011) – USA Volleyball is pleased to announce the 2011 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program roster, which is 36 players with remaining collegiate eligibility.

The U.S. Women’s National A2 Program will take place in Dallas from May 23 through June 1. The program includes training and competition in the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championships in the Open Division from May 28-31. USA Volleyball considers the event as the National Championship for the sport of volleyball in the United States. Athletes selected to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program were selected from the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 25-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record 204 athletes participated in the three-day tryouts, representing 81 different college programs.

“Each year, the depth of talent has increased to the point that it made sense to involve 12 more athletes in the Women’s A2 program and enter a third team in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships,” USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor High Performance Tom Pingel said. “I am very much looking forward to this group of athletes and coaches assembling in Dallas in May.”

The 2011 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program will have six setters, nine middle blockers, 11 outside hitters, four opposites and six liberos. The setters will include Brianne Barker (University of Oklahoma, Amarillo, Texas), Taylor Brauneis (University of Louisville, Crystal Lake, Ill.), Michelle Kocher (University of Texas, Wheaton, Ill.), Kelly Murphy (University of Florida, Wilmington, Ill.), Lauren Plum (University of Oregon, Poway, Calif.) and Carly Thomas (Missouri State University, Swansea, Ill.).

Rachael Adams attacks during the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships Copyrighted by USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman Rachael Adams attacks during the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships. Middle blockers in the 2011 A2 Program are Rachael Adams (University of Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio), Cassandra Anderson (University of Florida, Bakersfield, Calif.), Brittney Brimmage (University of Missouri, East St. Louis, Ill.), Kelli Fiegen (South Dakota State University, Parkston, S.D.), Cursty Jackson (University of Arizona, Los Angeles), Correy Johnson (University of California-Berkeley, Winter Park, Fla.), Alexis Mathews (Michigan State University, Detroit, Mich.), Ashley Rhoades (University of New Mexico, Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Gwen Rucker (University of Louisville, Lexington, Ky.).

The outside hitters comprising the 2011 A2 Program are Ashley Bannister (University of Texas, Sugar Land, Texas), Alaina Bergsma (University of Oregon, Chandler, Ariz.), Kelsey Black (Texas A&M University, Amarillo, Texas), Ashley Frazier (University of Kentucky, Oregon, Ohio), Kristy Jaeckel (University of Florida, Littleton, Colo.), Kayla Jeter (University of Tennessee, Solon, Ohio), Madison Kingdon (University of Arizona/Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix, Ariz.), Rachel Krabacher (University of Dayton, Cincinnati, Ohio), Tarah Murrey (University of California-Berkeley, El Cerrito, Calif.), Ariel Turner (Purdue University, Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and Colleen Ward (University of Illinois, Naperville, Ill.).

Opposites who will compete in the 2011 A2 Program are Michelle Bartsch (University of Illinois, Maryville, Ill.), Morgan Broekhuis (University of Nebraska, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, Newnan, Ga.) and Allegra Wells (University of Mississippi, Garland, Texas).

Rounding out the 2011 A2 Program roster are liberos Jennifer Bonilla (University of Illinois, Reseda, Calif.), Carly Cramer (Purdue University, Martinsville, Ind.), Natalie Hagglund (University of Southern California, Encinitas, Calif.), Kelsey Robinson (University of Tennessee, Bartlett, Ill.), Francesca Silva (University of Notre Dame, Laguna Nigel, Calif.) and Carli Weiler (Michigan State University, Oak Lawn, Ill.).

Geoff Carlston (Ohio State University), Fran Flory (LSU) and Kelly Sheffield (University of Dayton) will serve as the three head coaches for the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program in 2011.

Kelly Murphy sets during the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships with Kelsey Black (14) in the foreground Copyrighted by USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman Kelly Murphy sets during the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships with Kelsey Black (14) in the foreground. Both are repeat selections to the U.S. Women's National A2 Program. Murrey has been selected to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program for a third time, tying the record set last year by former California teammate Carli Lloyd (Bonsall, Calif.). Other repeat selections are Adams, Bartsch, Black, Jaeckel (2009), Mead and Murphy.

A total of 23 colleges are represented in the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program with University of Texas, University of Florida and University of Illinois having three players each. The A2 group represents 13 states, led by Illinois with nine players and California with seven. Texas has four players in the mix, including two players from the same hometown – Amarillo. The city of Cincinnati also has two players participating in this year’s U.S. Women’s National A2 Program.

Bonilla, Hagglund, Kingdon and Plum will also been named to the 2011 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and will compete in the 2011 FIVB Women’s Junior (U-20) World Championship held July 21-30 in Peru. The four players were born in either 1992 or 1993.

During the training sessions in Dallas, the coaching staff will divide the 36 players into three teams of 12 players to compete in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships. Last year, two A2 teams competed in the Open Division, producing a gold and bronze medal.

2011 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program Roster
Name (College, Position, Height, College Years Left, Hometown)
Rachael Adams (Texas, MB, 6-2, 1, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cassandra Anderson (Florida, MB, 6-1, 1, Bakersfield, Calif.)
Ashley Bannister (Texas, OH, 6-1, 3, Sugar Land, Texas)
Brianne Barker (Oklahoma, S, 5-9, 1, Amarillo, Texas)
Michelle Bartsch (Illinois, OPP, 6-4, 1, Maryville, Ill.)
Kelsey Black (Texas A&M, OH, 5-11, 1, Amarillo, Texas)
Alaina Bergsma (Oregon, OH, 6-3, 2, Chandler, Ariz.)
Jennifer Bonilla (Illinois, L, 5-9, 3, Reseda, Calif.)
Taylor Brauneis (Louisville, S, 5-10, 3, Crystal Lake, Ill.)
Brittney Brimmage (Missouri, MB, 6-3, 1, East St. Louis, Ill.)
Morgan Broekhuis (Nebraska, OPP, 6-5, 3, Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Kelli Fiegen (South Dakota State, MB, 6-3, 2, Parkston, S.D.)
Ashley Frazier (Kentucky, OH, 6-1, 2, Oregon, Ohio)
Natalie Hagglund (Southern California, L, 5-9, 3, Encinitas, Calif.)
Cursty Jackson (Arizona, MB, 6-1, 1, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Kristy Jaeckel (Florida, OH, 6-2, 1, Littleton, Colo.)
Kayla Jeter (Tennessee, OH, 5-11, 1, Solon, Ohio)
Correy Johnson (California, MB, 6-4, 2, Winter Park, Fla.)
Madison Kingdon (Arizona, OH, 6-0, 4, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Michelle Kocher (Texas, S, 5-10, 1, Wheaton, Ill.)
Rachel Krabacher (Dayton, OH, 6-4, 2, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Alexis Mathews (Michigan State, MB, 6-4, 3, Detroit, Mich.)
Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, OPP, 5-9, 2, Newnan, Ga.)
Kelly Murphy (Florida, S, 6-2, 1, Wilmington, Ill.)
Tarah Murrey (California, OH, 6-3, 1, El Cerrito, Calif.)
Lauren Plum (Oregon, S, 5-9, 3, Poway, Calif.)
Ashley Rhoades (New Mexico, MB, 5-11, 1, Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Kelsey Robinson (Tennessee, L, 6-2, 3, Bartlett, Ill.)
Gwen Rucker (Louisville, MB, 6-2, 1, Lexington, Ky.)
Francesca Silva (Notre Dame, L, 5-3, 1, Laguna Nigel, Calif.)
Carly Thomas (Missouri State, S, 5-11, 3, Swansea, Ill.)
Ariel Turner (Purdue, OH, 6-1, 2, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Colleen Ward (Illinois, OH, 6-3, 1, Naperville, Ill.)
Carli Weiler (Michigan State, L, 5-4, 1, Oak Lawn, Ill.)
Allegra Wells (Mississippi, OPP, 6-1, 2, Garland, Texas)

Setters

Brianne Barker (Oklahoma, S, 5-9, 1, Amarillo, Texas)
Brianne Barker (Amarillo, Texas) was named to the 2010 AVCA All-America Third-Team after leading Oklahoma to a 23-11 record and Sweet 16 spot in the NCAA Division I tournament. She averaged 10.39 assists and 2.67 digs per set as a junior while handing out a rally-scoring era school-record 1,340 assists. Barker, who set the Sooners to a .231 team hitting percentage in 2010, also recorded the program’s first-ever triple-double last season.

Taylor Brauneis (Louisville, S, 5-10, 3, Crystal Lake, Ill.)
Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) started 26 of 31 matches as a freshman in 2010, leading Louisville to a 23-8 record. She averaged 9.09 assists per set while helping the Cardinals to a .249 team hitting efficiency. Brauneis added averages of 1.96 digs and 0.50 blocks per set in her first collegiate season that ended with Louisville reaching the NCAA Division I tournament second round.

Michelle Kocher (Texas, S, 5-10, 1, Wheaton, Ill.)
Michelle Kocher (Wheaton, Ill.) led University of Texas to a 16-1 record as the starting setter as a junior last year. She helped the Longhorns reach the NCAA Division I Tournament semifinals and was named to the NCAA Austin Regional All-Tournament Team. Kocher averaged 10.44 assists during the season while helping the squad to a .306 team hitting efficiency.

Kelly Murphy (Florida, S, 6-2, 1, Wilmington, Ill.)
Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.), a repeat selection to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program, earned AVCA All-America First-Team last fall after being selected second team in 2009. She tallied seven triple-doubles and averaged 3.04 kills, 5.48 assists, 0.40 aces, 2.15 digs and 0.67 blocks per set with a .374 hitting efficiency as a junior at Florida. Murphy has 1,009 kills, 1,978 assists and 199 total blocks in her first three seasons at Florida.

Lauren Plum (Oregon, S, 5-9, 3, Poway, Calif.)
Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.) set University of Oregon to a .256 team hitting efficiency as a freshman last fall while averaging an NCAA freshman-best 11.75 assists per set. She added averages of 0.79 kills, 1.94 digs, 0.22 aces and 0.40 blocks per set. Plum, who is also U.S. Women’s Junior National Team eligible, was tabbed to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team as the Ducks finished 2010 with a 19-11 record.

Carly Thomas (Missouri State, S, 5-11, 3, Swansea, Ill.)
Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.) split time as the starting setter as a freshman at Missouri State last fall, turning in 7.77 assists per set with 14 match starts. She added 2.03 digs per set as Missouri State held a 21-10 record in 2010. Thomas, who is also U.S. Women’s Junior National Team eligible, helped the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team win the gold medal at the 2009 NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championship where she earned Best Setter.

Middle Blockers

Rachael Adams (Texas, MB, 6-2, 1, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), a repeat U.S. Women’s National A2 Program selection from 2010, earned AVCA All-America First-Team honors as a junior last fall. She provided Texas with a .443 hitting efficiency to top all NCAA Division I players. Adams averaged 2.90 kills and 1.18 blocks per set for the Longhorns as they reached the NCAA Division I tournament semifinal round.

Cassandra Anderson (Florida, MB, 6-1, 1, Bakersfield, Calif.)
Cassandra Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif.), was selected All-SEC Second Team in 2010, ranked 28th in the nation and tops in the SEC in block average with 1.27 per set. She started all 31 of Florida’s matches as a junior, helping the Gators to a 29-2 record and SEC title with 1.48 kill average and .348 attack efficiency. Anderson has 343 total blocks in her first three seasons at Florida.

Brittney Brimmage (Missouri, MB, 6-3, 1, East St. Louis, Ill.)
Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) averaged 2.45 kills and team-high 1.00 blocks per set as a junior at Missouri in 2010. She provided the Tigers a team-leading .331 hitting efficiency. Brimmage, who has touched over 11-foot with her vertical, assisted the Tigers to a 22-11 overall record and their second-ever trip into the NCAA Division I Tournament Sweet 16 round.

Kelli Fiegen (South Dakota State, MB, 6-3, 2, Parkston, S.D.)
Kelli Fiegen (Parkston, S.D.) was named the Summit League Player of the Year as a redshirt sophomore in 2010 after an injury cut her 2009 season short. She averaged 1.21 blocks per set and compiled a .377 attack efficiency, including a single-match school-record .593 hitting efficiency against Western Illinois. Fiegen contributed a 3.02 kill average in 2010.

Cursty Jackson (Arizona, MB, 6-1, 1, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles) averaged 2.43 kills and 1.12 blocks per set as a junior transfer into the Arizona volleyball program. She converted 50.6 percent of her attacks into points with a .350 hitting efficiency, helping the Wildcats earn a berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Jackson was an All-Mountain West Conference selection as a sophomore at UNLV in 2009 before transferring to Arizona.

Correy Johnson (California, MB, 6-4, 2, Winter Park, Fla.)
Correy Johnson (Winter Park, Fla.) notched 2.14 kills and 0.83 blocks per set while helping California to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament title match. She contributed a .327 hitting efficiency last season as a sophomore. Johnson, an AVCA All-America honorable mention pick last fall, was part of the 2010 All-Pac 10 Team as she helped the Golden Bears to a school-record 30 victories.

Alexis Mathews (Michigan State, MB, 6-4, 3, Detroit, Mich.)
Alexis Mathews (Detroit, Mich.) started 30 of 31 matches for Michigan State as a redshirt freshman in 2010. She compiled averages of 1.27 blocks and 1.44 kills per set last fall. Mathews finished the regular season as the Big Ten Conference freshman leader in blocks and was the only underclassman ranked among the top 10 in conference matches only.

Ashley Rhoades (New Mexico, MB, 5-11, 1, Rio Rancho, N.M.)
Ashley Rhoades (Rio Rancho, N.M.) averaged 1.08 blocks per set to lead New Mexico as a junior last fall. She added 2.42 kills per set while holding a .254 hitting efficiency. For the season, Rhoades averaged 3.10 points per set as the Lobos reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

Gwen Rucker (Louisville, MB, 6-2, 1, Lexington, Ky.)
Gwen Rucker (Lexington, Ky.) was named AVCA All-America honorable mention after producing 1.23 blocks per set as a junior at Louisville in 2010. She connected for a .402 attack efficiency with 1.68 kills per set last fall. Rucker helped the Cardinals to a 23-8 record and a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament second round.

Outside Hitters

Ashley Bannister (Texas, OH, 6-1, 3, Sugar Land, Texas)
Ashley Bannister (Sugar Land, Texas) averaged 2.06 kills and 0.50 blocks while playing in 18 sets as a freshman for Texas last fall. She started three matches before suffering an ankle injury on Sept. 20 that sidelined her for the remainder of the season. Bannister was a member of the U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Team that participated in the 2009 European Global Challenge Championship in Croatia.

Alaina Bergsma (Oregon, OH, 6-3, 2, Chandler, Ariz.)
Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.), an All-Pac-10 honorable mention as a sophomore last fall, posted 13 matches with at least a .300 hitting efficiency including four in excess of .400 in Pac-10 matches. For the season, she averaged 3.14 kills per set with a .270 hitting efficiency. Bergsma was named AVCA Division I National Player of the Week after the Ducks defeated Washington and Washington State in the same weekend.

Kelsey Black (Texas A&M, OH, 5-11, 1, Amarillo, Texas)
Kelsey Black (Amarillo, Texas), a 2010 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program selection, averaged 4.77 points and 4.08 kills per set last fall for Texas A&M, ranking 25th and 31st in the nation, respectively. She led the Big 12 in ace average (0.37 per set) and was second in the league in scoring, helping her to a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team. Black was part of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that played at the 2009 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship in 2009.

Ashley Frazier (Kentucky, OH, 6-1, 2, Oregon, Ohio)
Ashley Frazier (Oregon, Ohio) sat out the 2010 season after transferring from Alabama to Kentucky. She averaged 2.85 kills and 0.49 blocks per set as a sophomore at Alabama in 2009. Frazier was named Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week on Sept. 22, 2009.

Kristy Jaeckel (Florida, OH, 6-2, 1, Littleton, Colo.)
Kristy Jaeckel (Littleton, Colo.), a 2009 selection to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program, was an AVCA All-America honorable mention pick following her 2010 season with Florida. She averaged 2.51 kills per set last fall for third-best at Florida and recorded double-figure digs on seven occasions. Jaeckel was named All-SEC First Team as a sophomore in 2009.

Kayla Jeter (Tennessee, OH, 5-11, 1, Solon, Ohio)
Kayla Jeter (Solon, Ohio), a 2010 AVCA All-South Region selection, averaged 2.98 kills, 1.61 digs and 0.67 blocks per set for Tennessee last season at Tennessee. She compiled a .304 attack efficiency to help land her on the All-SEC First-Team after earning second-team honors in 2009. Jeter helped the Lady Vols to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Madison Kingdon (Arizona, OH, 6-0, 4, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Madison Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.), who is U.S. Women’s Junior National Team eligible, led Sunnyslope High School to three consecutive Arizona Class 4A Division I championships. She was named the Arizona Republic Girls’ Volleyball Big School Player of the Year in 2010. Kingdon was tabbed as the 2010-11 Gatorade Arizona Volleyball Player of the Year after recording 587 kills, 385 digs, 78 aces and 67 blocks with a .531 attack efficiency.

Rachel Krabacher (Dayton, OH, 6-4, 2, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Rachel Krabacher (Cincinnati, Ohio) started all 31 matches for University of Dayton in 2010, compiling averages of 2.74 kills, 0.68 blocks, 0.30 aces and 3.03 digs per set. She finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 in aces per set and eighth in points per set (3.57). Krabacher produced 10 double-doubles as a sophomore, as well as 15 matches with at least 10 or more kills.

Tarah Murrey (California, OH, 6-3, 1, El Cerrito, Calif.)
Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.), who becomes the second player ever to be named three times to the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program, was selected AVCA All-America First-Team as a junior last year. She held a .314 hitting efficiency while averaging 5.23 kills, 2.40 digs and 0.65 blocks per set as California was the runner-up in the 2010 NCAA Division I Tournament. Murrey became the third player in school history to have at least 600 kills in a single season.

Ariel Turner (Purdue, OH, 6-1, 2, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Ariel Turner (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, among all Big Ten players in kill average (3.73) and points per set (4.21) in 2010. She posted double-digit kills 28 times, including 20 or more kills on six occasions. In 2010, Turner and her Boilermaker teammates reached the NCAA Division I Tournament Region Finals for the first time in the 64-team bracket format.

Colleen Ward (Illinois, OH, 6-3, 1, Naperville, Ill.)
Colleen Ward (Naperville, Ill.) was tabbed to the 2010 AVCA All-America Second Team last year for Illinois. She averaged 3.99 kills and 4.50 points per set to rank third in the Big Ten conference, while adding 2.44 digs per set. Prior to last season, Ward earned All-SEC while playing for Florida in 2009 as a sophomore when she averaged 3.09 kills per set.

Opposite

Michelle Bartsch (Illinois, OPP, 6-4, 1, Maryville, Ill.)
Michelle Bartsch (Maryville, Ill.) was selected to the AVCA All-American Third-Team in 2010 after averaging 3.56 kills, 0.81 blocks and 2.09 digs per set for Illinois. She recorded 23 matches of double-digit kills and nine matches of double-doubles. Bartsch, who was a member of the 2009 U.S. Women’s National A2 Program, helped the 2006 U.S. Girls’ Youth Team and the 2008 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team to NORCECA Continental Championships. She also competed in the 2009 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship.

Morgan Broekhuis (Nebraska, OPP, 6-5, 3, Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Morgan Broekhuis (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was named to the 2010 All-Big 12 Freshman Team, averaged 2.21 kills and 0.67 blocks per set for Nebraska last fall. She charted a .231 hitting efficiency in helping the Huskers to the NCAA Regional semifinals in her first season. Broekhuis was a member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that played in the 2009 FIVB Women’s Junior World Championship.

Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, OPP, 5-9, 2, Newnan, Ga.)
Monique Mead (Newnan, Ga.), a repeat member of the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program, has earned AVCA All-America honorable mention honors in her first two seasons at Georgia Tech. She led the ACC and ranked 18th in the nation in kill average with 4.31 per set, including a 30-kill match against Duke on Sept. 24. Mead added 5.07 points, 0.88 blocks, 1.96 digs and 0.28 aces per set.

Allegra Wells (Mississippi, OPP, 6-1, 2, Garland, Texas)
Allegra Wells (Garland, Texas) started 17 matches and played in 30 of 31 matches last season as a sophomore at Mississippi. She contributed 2.50 kills and 0.67 blocks per set despite splitting starting time half the season. Wells posted double-digit kills in 13 matches last fall, turning in a season-high 16 kills in the season-opener against Texas-San Antonio.

Liberos

Jennifer Bonilla (Illinois, L, 5-9, 3, Reseda, Calif.)
Jennifer Bonilla (Reseda, Calif.) was selected to the 2010 All-Big Ten Freshman Team and All-AVCA Mideast Region honorable mention last year with Illinois. She averaged 4.83 digs per set to rank second in the Big Ten, while her 623 digs broke the school’s single-season record. Bonilla has been a fixture in the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline since 2004, including NORCECA Continental Championship gold medals with the 2010 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and 2008 U.S. Girls’ National Team.

Carly Cramer (Purdue, L, 5-6, 2, Martinsville, Ind.)
Carly Cramer (Martinsville, Ind.) started 32 matches at libero last fall for Purdue, which advanced to the NCAA Division I Regional Finals. She posted a team-leading 3.97 digs per set, ranking eighth in the Big Ten, and 4.05 digs in conference action only. Cramer registered double-digit digs in 29 matches in 2010, including 20 or more digs seven times and a career-high 30 versus Minnesota.

Natalie Hagglund (Southern California, L, 5-9, 3, Encinitas, Calif.)
Natalie Hagglund (Encinitas, Calif.) was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team after helping Southern California to the NCAA Division I Tournament semifinal round. She ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in dig average with a 3.98 mark and 497 total digs. Hagglund contributed 25 matches with double-digit kills, including a season-high 28 digs versus Arizona State.

Kelsey Robinson (Tennessee, L, 6-2, 3, Bartlett, Ill.)
Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.) was a six-rotation outside hitter for Tennessee last fall and named to the All-SEC Freshman Team, but made the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program as a libero. She led the team in digs with a 3.60 average for ninth-best in the SEC, while also producing a .973 reception percentage. Robinson, who had a 5.22 dig average in five matches as the Lady Vol libero in 2010, also averaged 1.80 kills per set.

Francesca Silva (Notre Dame, L, 5-3, 1, Laguna Nigel, Calif.)
Francesca Silva (Laguna, Nigel, Calif.) averaged 3.75 digs per set for Notre Dame in 2010 as a junior, following up a 3.40 dig average as a sophomore. She tallied 20 or more digs in a match three times last fall, including a career-high 29 dig performance against Western Michigan on Oct. 19 for the 14th-best in school history. Silva added 17 aces in her 31 matches played last year.

Carli Weiler (Michigan State, L, 5-4, 1, Oak Lawn, Ill.)
Carli Weiler (Oak Lawn, Ill.) averaged 2.57 digs per set last fall in her junior season at Michigan State. She also totaled 574 reception attempts with only 23 errors for a .960 percentage. Weiler played in 27 matches as a junior with two starts at libero.

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