Volleyball Courts, Grassy Knoll and Guaranteed Medals

May 30, 2011, 10:40 p.m. (ET)

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

DALLAS (May 30, 2011) – The U.S. Women’s National A2 Red Team took a break from competition at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships to experience a piece of history on Memorial Day in Dallas.

The 12-player team and staff took a trip to the President John F. Kennedy assassination site in Dallas after it secured a spot in the Open Division semifinal round of the USA Volleyball Open National Championships being played at the Dallas Convention Center. The squad went to Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll on the northwest side of the plaza where many conspiracy theorists believe a second gunman also fired at President Kennedy.

“Well I am kind of a history nerd and the JFK conspiracy is one of my favorite moments in history,” said Kelli Fiegen, a member of the USA A2 Red Team and a rising junior next fall at South Dakota State University. “So I loved being able to experience that part of history and be right there.”

Copyrighted by USA Volleyball Copyrighted by USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman USA A2 Red's Correy Johnson (13) attacks against the defense of USA A2 White's Kelsey Black (#18) and Rachael Adams (#19). Having seen the historical site, the USA A2 Red Team will be looking to make some history of its own on Tuesday in the gold bracket of the tournament’s Open Division. USA A2 Red defeated USA A2 White 17-25, 30-28, 25-16, 25-11 in the quarterfinal round Monday afternoon to advance to the semifinals.

USA A2 Blue has also reached the semifinal round after topping the Exterminators 25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 25-14 in the quarterfinal round on Monday. The Blue and Red squads will face each other in the gold bracket semifinals. USA A2 Blue is 5-0 in the tournament, having defeated USA A2 Red (4-1) in five sets after losing the first two sets on Sunday afternoon.

After losing to USA A2 Red in the quarterfinals on Monday afternoon, USA A2 White bounced back with two consolation victories later in the same day. USA A2 White eliminated Toronto Ice 25-15, 25-11, 25-17 in the afternoon, then edged Exterminators 21-25, 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 15-8 in the evening. USA A2 White, now 4-3 in the tournament, will face the semifinal round loser of USA A2 Blue and USA A2 Red on Tuesday.

The three USA Volleyball High Performance teams are guaranteed all three medals in the Women’s Open Division. USA A2 Blue’s Tarah Murrey (El Cerrito, Calif.) and USA A2 White’s Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio) won gold medals at the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships while playing for USA A2 Blue. USA A2 Red’s Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and USA A2 White’s Monique Mead (Newnan, Ga.) and Kelsey Black (Amarillo, Texas) won the bronze medal at the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships competing within the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline’s A2 Program.

For results and brackets of all divisions of the 2011 USA Volleyball Open National Championships, click here.

USA A2 Red
Jersey – Name (School, Position, Ht, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown)
5 - Kelli Fiegen (South Dakota State, MB, 6-3, 2, Parkston, S.D.)
8 - Kelsey Robinson (Tennessee, L, 6-2, 3, Bartlett, Ill.)
12 - Madison Kingdon (Arizona, OH, 6-0, 4, Phoenix, Ariz.)
13 - Correy Johnson (California, MB, 6-4, 2, Winter Park, Fla.)
14 - Kayla Jeter (Tennessee, OH, 5-11, 1, Solon, Ohio)
16 - Natalie Hagglund (Southern California, L, 5-9, 3, Encinitas, Calif.)
22 - Rachel Krabacher (Dayton, OH, 6-4, 2, Cincinnati, Ohio)
23 - Kelly Murphy (Florida, S, 6-2, 1, Wilmington, Ill.)
24 - Alexis Mathews (Michigan State, MB, 6-4, 3, Detroit, Mich.)
25 - Kristy Jaeckel (Florida, OH, 6-2, 1, Littleton, Colo.)
32 - Lauren Plum (Oregon, S, 5-9, 3, Poway, Calif.)
35 - Allegra Wells (Mississippi, OPP, 6-1, 2, Garland, Texas)
Head Coach: Geoff Carlston (Ohio State University)
Assistant Coaches: Kim Jagd and Ben Lee (Arizona State)

USA A2 White
Jersey – Name (School, Position, Ht, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown)
1 - Carly Cramer (Purdue, L, 5-6, 2, Martinsville, Ind.)
3 - Carly Thomas (Missouri State, S, 5-11, 3, Swansea, Ill.)
6 - Ashley Frazier (Kentucky, OH, 6-1, 2, Oregon, Ohio)
10 - Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, OPP, 5-9, 2, Newnan, Ga.)
11 - Michelle Kocher (Texas, S, 5-10, 1, Wheaton, Ill.)
15 - Cursty Jackson (Arizona, MB, 6-1, 1, Los Angeles, Calif.)
18 - Kelsey Black (Texas A&M, OH, 5-11, 1, Amarillo, Texas)
19 - Rachael Adams (Texas, MB, 6-2, 1, Cincinnati, Ohio)
20 - Carli Weiler (Michigan State, L, 5-4, 1, Oak Lawn, Ill.)
21 - Colleen Ward (Illinois, OH, 6-3, 1, Naperville, Ill.)
28 - Alaina Bergsma (Oregon, OH, 6-3, 2, Chandler, Ariz.)
31 - Cassandra Anderson (Florida, MB, 6-1, 1, Bakersfield, Calif.)
Head Coach: Kelly Sheffield (University of Dayton)
Assistant Coaches: Michelle Chatman (Central Florida) and Daniel Jones (Utah)

USA A2 Blue
Jersey – Name (School, Position, Ht, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown)
2 - Francesca Silva (Notre Dame, L, 5-3, 1, Laguna Nigel, Calif.)
4 - Taylor Brauneis (Louisville, S, 5-10, 3, Crystal Lake, Ill.)
7 - Gwen Rucker (Louisville, MB, 6-2, 1, Lexington, Ky.)
9 - Ashley Rhoades (New Mexico, MB, 5-11, 1, Rio Rancho, N.M.)
17- Jennifer Bonilla (Illinois, L, 5-9, 3, Reseda, Calif.)
26 - Morgan Broekhuis (Nebraska, OPP, 6-5, 3, Colorado Springs, Colo.)
27 - Brittney Brimmage (Missouri, MB, 6-3, 1, East St. Louis, Ill.)
29 - Brianne Barker (Oklahoma, S, 5-9, 1, Amarillo, Texas)
30 - Ashley Bannister (Texas, OH, 6-1, 3, Sugar Land, Texas)
33 - Michelle Bartsch (Illinois, OPP, 6-4, 1, Maryville, Ill.)
34 - Ariel Turner (Purdue, OH, 6-1, 2, Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
36 - Tarah Murrey (California, OH, 6-3, 1, El Cerrito, Calif.)
Head Coach: Fran Flory (LSU)
Assistant Coaches: Brian Hosfeld and Diego Castaneda (North Texas)