COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (updated March 26, 2014) – USA Volleyball has selected 12 players who will compete as the U.S. Collegiate National Team during a tour of Europe July 8-19.
The roster includes setters Katie George (University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.) and Val Nichol (Purdue University, Normal, Ill.). The opposites are Alex Holston (University of Florida, Olney, Md.) and Adrianna Nora (University of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minn.). Selected outside hitters are Breeann David (Texas Tech, Denver City, Texas), Kelly Lamberti (Ohio University, Cary, Ill.) and Gabby Mallette (University of Florida, Orange Park, Fla.). Middle blockers are Simone Antwi (University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va.), Janelle Giordano (SMU, Keller, Texas) and Whitney Little (University of Missouri, Keller, Texas). The liberos are Taylor Morey (University of Wisconsin, Muncie, Ind.) and Caroline Niedospial (Northwestern University, Chicago).
UCLA Head Coach Mike Sealy will serve as the head coach of the team. He will be assisted by Jenny Glenn, associate head coach at University of Northern Colorado, and Kyle Robinson, head coach at Long Island University.
The players will depart July 8 with the first destination Venice, Italy, followed by a four-day training camp in Maribor, Slovenia. The squad will train and have friendly scrimmages with Slovenia’s national team and Under-20 national team, along with other countries’ Under-20 national teams. The U.S. will travel to Pula, Croatia, to compete in the Global Challenge July 13-18. The tour is being organized in conjunction with Bring It Promotions.
This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Collegiate National Team China Tour roster was announced. 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 – European Tour
Name (Position, School, Hometown, College Years Remaining)
Simone Antwi (MB, University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va., 2)
Breeann David (OH, Texas Tech, Denver City, Texas, 1)
Katie George (S, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 2)
Janelle Giordano (MB, SMU, Keller, Texas, 3)
Alex Holston (OPP, University of Florida, Olney, Md., 3)
Kelly Lamberti (OH, Ohio University, Cary, Ill, 1)
Whitney Little (MB, University of Missouri, Keller, Texas, 1)
Gabby Mallette (OH, University of Florida, Orange Park, Fla., 2)
Taylor Morey (L, University of Wisconsin, Muncie, Ind., 2)
Val Nichol (S, Purdue University, Normal, Ill., 1)
Caroline Niedospial (L, Northwestern University, Chicago, 2)
Adrianna Nora (OPP, University of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minn., 1)
Head Coach: Mike Sealy (UCLA head coach)
Assistant Coach: Jenny Glenn (University of Northern Colorado associate head coach)
Assistant Coach: Kyle Robinson (Long Island University head coach)