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U.S. Women's A2 Program Begins Competition

By Deb Stadick | June 29, 2013, 11:22 p.m. (ET)

by Deb Stadick for USA Volleyball

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DALLAS (June 29, 2013) - Team Gold and Team Red won five-set matches to open the U.S. Women's National Volleyball A2 Program tournament being held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships at the Dallas Convention Center.

Team Gold is led by Head Coach Andy Banachowski and Assistant Coach Linda Hampton. They faced Team Blue, led by Ruth Nelson and Mike Gawlik, in their first pool-play match and earned the 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25, 15-10 victory.

Nicole Walch (Stuart, Fla.) led Team Gold with 23 points on 19 kills and a match-high four blocks. Taylor Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added 14 points on 12 kills and two blocks. Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) tallied 12 points on 10 kills, one ace and one block. Alexis Mathews (Detroit, Mich.) chalked up nine points on six kills, two aces and one block. Elizabeth Koberstein (Madison, Wis.) added six points on two aces, two kills and two blocks while Litara Keil (Long Beach, Calif.) added six points of her own with six kills. Mackenzie Bigbee (Wiliamsburg, Iowa) contributed three points on three kills to Team Gold's victory, while Veronica Lewis added a point of her own on a block.

Ashley Wittman (Shakopee, Minn.) led the way for Team Blue with her 17 points on 15 kills, one ace and one block. Annie Drews (Elkhart, Ind.) added 14 points of her own with nine kills, a match-high three aces and two blocks. Victoria Hurtt (Kansas City, Mo.) added 12 points on 11 kills and one block, while Ariana Williams (Riverside, Calif.) earned eight points on six kills and two blocks. Kimberly Dahl (Pleasant Grove, Utah) chalked up eight points of her own on six kills, one block and one ace. Adreene Elliott (Winston-Salem, N.C.) earned five points on two kills and a team-high three blocks. Mackenzie Dagostino (Tampa, Fla.) added five points on two kills, two blocks and one ace, and Simone Antwi (Fairfax Station, Va.) added four kills and one ace. Chantale Riddle (Roswell, N.M.) added three points on three kills to the losing effort.

The match was close across the board. Both teams tallied 12 blocks. Team Gold held the slight two-kill advantage over Team Blue (60-58), while Team Blue chalked up one more ace than Team Gold (7-6).

Team Red is led by Head Coach Bill Neville and Assistant Coach Ashley Allen. They opened play in Dallas with a 27-25, 18-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12 victory over Team White, which is led by Head Coach Mike Hebert and Assistant Coach Marci Sanders.

Kathleen Luft (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) set the pace for Team Red with her 19 points off seventeen kills and two blocks. Moneshia Simmons (Buford, Ga.) and Chelsey Schofield (Provo, Utah) both added ten points on ten swings. Kierra Jones (Fishers, Ind.) tallied nine points on six kills and three blocks, while Tai Manu-Olevao added nine points of her own on eight kills and one ace. Casey Hinger (Fullerton, Calif.) also added nine points off five blocks (match high) and four kills. Courtney Windham (Houston, Texas) added five points on four blocks and one kill. Hannah Johnson (Longview, Wash.) contributed two points on one kill and one block. Mita Uiato (Long Beach, Calif.) tallied two points on one ace and one kill. Kori Moster (Cincinatti, Ohio) and Valerie Nichol (Normal, Ill.) scored on an ace and a kill respectively to round-out Team Red's winning effort.

Team White was led by Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill.), who tallied 31 points on 29 kills, one bock and one ace. Whitney Billings (Helena, Ala.) added 11 points on nine kills and two blocks. Brooke Mattingly (St. Henry, Ohio) scored ten points on seven kills and two blocks. DeLaina Sarden (Laurenceville, Ga.) added ten points of her own on seven kills, two blocks and one ace. Ellen Chapman (Glenview, Ill.) scored seven points on four kills, two blocks and one ace. Courtney Thomas (DeKalb, Ill.) and Kaitlyn Leary (Parma, Ohio) both chalked up five points on five kills. Hannah Kvitle (Quincy, Ill.) scored one point on one kill.

Team Red led the match with 15 team blocks compared to Team White's 10 team blocks. Team White tallied eight more kills than Team Red (67-59). Both teams served three aces during the five-set battle.

Team Red is slated to face Team Blue at 3 p.m. CT on Court 13 at the Dallas Convention Center, while Team Gold will take on Team White at 5:30 p.m. CT, also on Court 13.

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
Red vs. Blue, 3 p.m. CT
White vs. Gold, 5:30 p.m. CT

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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