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Roster Set for May 17 U.S. Women’s Red-Blue Scrimmage

May 16, 2013, 7:53 p.m. (ET)

(L-R): Tama Miyashiro, Kayla Banwarth, Alix Klineman and Courtney Thompson will be four of 25 U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team members competing in the Red-Blue scrimmage on May 17 at Santa Monica High School (Calif.)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 16, 2013) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly has announced the roster of athletes who will participate in a free Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage on May 17 at Santa Monica High School’s North Gym in Santa Monica, Calif.

Kiraly will have seven middle blockers, five outside hitters, five opposites, four setters and four liberos to use during the scrimmage that begins at 7 p.m. PT. The Red-Blue roster includes two 2012 Olympic Games silver medalists in libero Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and setter Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.). The roster composition includes a blend of U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team members with a handful of athletes taking part in an extended training tryout with the goal of making the team.

Middle blockers competing in the scrimmage are Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kristen Dozier (Sandy Spring, Md.), Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.), Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles), Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.), Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Erica Wilson (Oceanside, Calif.). Outside hitters participating in the scrimmage are Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah), Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.), Regan Hood (Carrollton, Texas), Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.).

The opposite for the scrimmages will be Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.), Leslie Cikra (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.), Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio) and Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.). In addition to Thompson, the setters on the scrimmage roster are Lauren Cook (Lincoln, Neb.), Caitlyn Donahue (Overland Park, Kan.) and Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio). Joining Davis and Miyashiro at the libero position are Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa), Stephanie Klefot (Louisville, Ky.) and Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.).

Kiraly plans to incorporate additional Red-Blue intra-squad scrimmages during the summer as a means to provide match-like competition for all athletes training and to build community relations with the Southern California area. The City of Anaheim serves as the official host city of the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams.

The second Red-Blue scrimmage in May will take place at Los Angeles where Windward School on May 24. Irvine Valley College will host a Red-Blue scrimmage on May 31 match in Irvine, Calif.

Middle Blockers
8 - Lauren Gibbemeyer (St. Paul, Minn.)
15 - Jessy Jones (Naperville, Ill.)
17 - Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
22 - Rachael Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio)
27 - Kristen Dozier (Sandy Spring, Md.)
28 - Cursty Jackson (Los Angeles)
30 - Erica Wilson (Oceanside, Calif.)

Outside Hitters
7 - Cassidy Lichtman (Poway, Calif.)
9 - Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
18 - Regan Hood (Carrollton, Texas)
24 - Kristin Hildebrand (Orem, Utah)
26 - Kim Hill (Portland, Ore.)

Opposites
14 - Nicole Fawcett (Zanesfield, Ohio)
19 - Juliann Faucette (San Diego, Calif.)
25 - Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.)
31 - Alaina Bergsma (Chandler, Ariz.)
32 - Leslie Cikra (Chagrin Falls, Ohio)

Setters
3 - Courtney Thompson (Kent, Wash.)
20 - Jenna Hagglund (West Chester, Ohio)
36 - Lauren Cook (Lincoln, Neb.)
37 - Caitlyn Donahue (Overland Park, Kan.)

Liberos
5 - Tama Miyashiro (Kaneohe, Hawaii)
12 - Kayla Banwarth (Dubuque, Iowa)
33 - Stephanie Klefot (Louisville, Ky.)
34 - Kelsey Robinson (Bartlett, Ill.)

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