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Jul 01 U.S. Women's A2 More Than Competing at GJNC

By Deb Stadick | June 30, 2013, 11:30 p.m. (ET)

by Deb Stadick for USA Volleyball

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DALLAS (June 30, 2013) - Members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball A2 Program (WNTA2) signed autographs, handed out match programs and chatted with junior athletes in attendance at the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas.

DeLaina Sarden (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has connected with her former club program while competing here, and is enjoying playing around the junior athletes.

“This is such a fun environment to be in as a junior player,” Sarden said. “It is great to be here competing this week. I had the chance to talk with players at my former club (A5), which was really cool.”

Interacting with junior membership is a large part of the reason the WNTA2 program is being held in conjunction with Nationals. It is a great opportunity for club players to see what the college level of play looks like.

“Thinking back on my club career, playing at Nationals was so important,” Sarden said. “It was great preparation for college, and gives you the chance to see all the different levels of play.”

The different levels of play in the Dallas Convention Center this week are drastic, ranging from the 11 and under division to the WNTA2 program.

Brooke Mattingly (St. Henry, Ohio) thinks it is very important for the growth of volleyball that high-level athletes be accessible to younger players.

“I think it is really important for us to be here,” Mattingly said. “It gives a face to high-level volleyball. It shows junior players that we are real people. We are accessible and want to talk to them about volleyball. We can connect with these players, which is important for the growth of our sport.”

Think basketball. Every young kid dreams of being the next Michael Jordan (or LeBron James). But most junior volleyball players can’t name a single person on the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team roster.

“I didn’t really have a specific volleyball idol growing up,” Battle said. “I didn’t start playing until I was 16. Of course I wanted to be on the National Team, but I wasn’t all that aware of the specific players.”

Hosting the 2013 WNTA2 program in conjunction with the Nationals puts elite college players in front of junior members, showcasing our sport at the next level and making it accessible and exciting for junior members to watch.

If you are at Nationals, stop by for a match or watch a practice. The players are eager to sign autographs, take pictures and talk about their favorite sport with the next generation of volleyball greats.

June 29
Gold def. Blue 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10 (Stats)
Red def. White 27-25, 18-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12 (Stats)

June 30
Blue def. Red 25-23, 23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 (Stats Box Coming)
White def. Gold 29-27, 20-25, 29-27, 25-18 (Stats Box Coming)

July 1
Red vs. Gold, 4:30 p.m. CT
Blue vs. White, 7 p.m. CT

July 2
2nd vs. 3rd, 1 p.m. CT
1st vs. 4th, 4 p.m. CT

July 3
Bronze-Medal, 3 p.m. CT
Gold-Medal, 5:30 p.m. CT

TEAM GOLD
Name (Position, College, Hometown, Remaining Eligibility, Club)
5-Mackenzie Bigbee (Opp, Iowa State University, Williamsburg, Iowa, 3, Six pack)
9-Annemarie Hickey (L/DS, University of Wisconsin, Oswego, Ill., 1, 1st Alliance)
10-Deedra Foss (S, Colorado State University, McKenna, Wash., 2, Kent Juniors)
16-Elizabeth Koberstein (S, Marquette University, Madison, Wis., 1, Capital)
17-Taylor Simpson (OH, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2, Colorado Juniors)
20-Veronica Lewis (L/DS, University of Arizona, San Jose, Calif., 2, Vision)
30-Maddy Klineman (OH, UCLA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 3, Rockstar)
34- Alexis Mathews (MB, Michigan State University, Detroit, Mich., 1, The Victors)
36- Zoe Nightingale (MB, UCLA, Sacramento, Calif., 2, SynergyForce)
37-Morgan Odale (OH, University of Utah, Star, Idaho, 1, Idaho Stars)
45-Litara Keil (MB, Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach, Calif., 2, Sports Shack)
47- Nicole Walch (OH, Florida State University, Stuart, Fla., 3, Treasure Coast)
Coaches: Andy Banachowski, Linda Hampton

TEAM RED
Name (Position, College, Hometown, Remaining Eligibility, Club)
3-Caitlin Welch (L/DS, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 1, MAVA)
8-Casey Hinger (MB, Cal State Northridge, Fullerton, Calif., 2, Cal Juniors)
14- Hannah Johnson (S, University of New Mexico, Longview, Wash., 3, Cowlitz)
15-Kierra Jones (MB, Purdue University, Fishers, Ind., 2, Munciana)
21-Kori Moster (L/DS, Michigan State University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2, Team Z)
23-Valerie Nichol (Opp, Purdue University, Normal, Ill, 2, Illini Elite)
24-Chelsey Schofield (OH, University of Utah, Provo, Utah, 2, Club Utah)
32- Kathleen Luft (OH, Loyola Marymount University, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1, Santa Monica)
33- Tai Manu-Olevao (OH, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3, Asics Rainbows)
40- Mita Uiato (S, University of Hawaii, Long Beach, Calif., 1, Laguna Beach)
42-Courtney Windham (MB, University of North Texas, Houston, Texas, 1, Willowbrook)
44- Moneshia Simmons (Opp, Clemson University, Buford, Ga., 1, NFC Volleyball)
Coaches: Bill Neville and Ashley Allen

TEAM WHITE
Name (Position, College, Hometown, Remaining Eligibility, Club)
6- Whitney Billings (Opp, University of Kentucky, Helena, Ala., 1, Birmingham Volleyball)
7- Carly Cramer (L/DS, Purdue University, Martinsville, Ind., 1, Circle City)
11-Ashley Battle (Opp, Virginia Tech, Apex, N.C., 4, Club Red)
18- Hannah Kvitle (S, University of Louisville, Quincy, Ill., 2, STL CYC)
19-Kaitlyn Leary (OH, Ohio State University, Parma, Ohio, 1, CVC)
27- Ellen Chapman (OH, University of Wisconsin, Glenview, Ill., 2, Sky High)
31-Kathryn LeCheminant (MB, Brigham Young University, Layton, Utah, 1, Club V)
35-Brooke Mattingly (MB, University of Louisville, St. Henry, Ohio, 1, Team Atlantis)
38- DeLaina Sarden (MB, University of Central Florida, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2, A5 Mizuno)
39-Courtney Thomas (S, University of Wisconsin, DeKalb, Ill., 2, Mizuno SPVB)
41-Lauren Wicinski (OH, Michigan State University, Geneva, Ill., 1, Kane County)
Coaches: Mike Hebert and Marci Sanders

TEAM BLUE
Name (Position, College, Hometown, Remaining Eligibility, Club)
1- Kristen Hahn (L/DS, Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1, Six Pack)
2- Chantale Riddle (Opp, University of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M., 2, N.A.)
12-Adreene Elliott (MB, University of Maryland, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2, Set Point)
13-Kimberly Dahl (OH, Brigham Young University, Pleasant Grove, Utah, 3, Club Utah)
22- Ellen Mullins (L/DS, University of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn., 1, Nashville One)
25- Mackenzie Dagostino (S, University of Maryland, Tampa, Fla., 3, Tampa Bay Juniors)
26- Simone Antwi (MB, University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va., 3, Virginia Elite)
28-Annie Drews (Opp, Purdue University, Elkhart, Ind., 3, NIVA Juniors)
29-Victoria Hurtt (OH, Iowa State University, Kansas City, Mo., 3, KC Extreme)
43-Ashley Wittman (OH, University of Minnesota, Shakopee, Minn., 1, Northern Lights)
46-Hannah Tedrow (S, Loyola Marymount University, Foothill Ranch, Calif., 3, Surf City)
48-Ariana Williams (MB, University of Oregon, Riverside, Calif., 1, Club West)
Coaches: Ruth Nelson and Mike Gawlik

*Technical coaches with all WNTA2 teams are Jay Van Vark, Ted Wade and Nicki Holmes

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