COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 6, 2014) – USA Volleyball has selected 12 players that will serve as the U.S. Collegiate National Team during a tour of China from June 17-27.
The roster represents 12 different collegiate programs with athletes having remaining eligibility. Setters include Morgan Bergren (University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind.) and Lexi Dannemiller (University of Michigan, West Chester, Ohio). Selected middle blockers are Alaysia Brown (University of San Diego, Fresno, Calif.), Briana Holman (LSU, DeSoto, Texas) and Hannah Tapp (University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn.). The outside hitters are Carly Kan (University of Missouri, Honolulu), Andie Malloy (Baylor University, Allen, Texas), Emily Sklar (Duke University, San Jose, Calif.) and Nicole Walch (Florida State University, Stuart, Fla.). The opposites are Shelby Dalton (University of Utah, Moab, Utah) and Ebony Nwanebu (University of Southern California, Fairview, Texas). Rounding out the roster is libero Kori Moster (Michigan State University, Cincinnati, Ohio).
Mark Rosen, head coach at University of Michigan, and Lauren Steinbrecher, head coach at James Madison University, will serve as co-head coaches for the squad. Both Rosen and Steinbrecher are also coaches within the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.
The tour is being organized by Bring It Promotions and will travel in partnership with the Pac 12 team that will be making a return trip this summer following a successful trip in 2013. The U.S. Collegiate National Team, which will train at University of Southern California June 13-15 before leaving for China, will play six matches against Chinese collegiate and adult teams.
This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.
USA Volleyball will have two other opportunities for athletes to take part in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program representing 60 total athletes this summer. USA Volleyball will announce later this month its 12-player U.S. Collegiate National Team that will play friendly matches in Maribor, Slovenia, and compete in the Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. The European trip will take place July 9-18. UCLA Head Coach Mike Sealy will serve as the head coach of the team. He will be assisted by Lyndsey Oates, head coach at University of Northern Colorado, and Kyle Robinson, head coach at Long Island University.
In addition, USA Volleyball will select 36 players to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1. The players will be placed onto three teams and compete in a round-robin event along with a Canadian Senior A2 team.
Athlete selections for all three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are being determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women’s National Team Open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team – China Tour
Name (Position, School, Hometown, College Years Remaining)
Morgan Bergren (S, University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind., 2)
Alaysia Brown (MB, University of San Diego, Fresno, Calif., 1)
Shelby Dalton (OPP, University of Utah, Moab, Utah, 1)
Lexi Dannemiller (S, University of Michigan, West Chester, Ohio, 1)
Briana Holman (MB, LSU, DeSoto, Texas, 3)
Carly Kan (OH, University of Missouri, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3)
Andie Malloy (OH, University of Baylor, Allen, Texas, 2)
Kori Moster (L, Michigan State University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1)
Ebony Nwanebu (OPP, University of Southern California, Fairview, Texas, 3)
Emily Sklar (OH, Duke University, San Jose, Calif., 1)
Hannah Tapp (MB, University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn., 3)
Nicole Walch (OH, Florida State University, Stuart, Fla., 1)
Co-Head Coaches: Mark Rosen (University of Michigan), Lauren Steinbrecher (James Madison University)