Welch Pulling Double Duty in Dallas

June 29, 2013, 9 p.m. (ET)

by Deb Stadick for USA Volleyball

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Dallas (June 29, 2013) - Caitlin Welch (Louisville, Ky.) looked a little bit peculiar standing in the crowded hotel lobby in Dallas yesterday with two jam-packed suit cases, a backpack and volleyball.

But the defensive specialist from the University of Louisville didn’t massively over-pack for her nine-day stint with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball A2 Team (WNTA2) program. In fact, she probably could have used another suite case.

Welch, a club volleyball coach for MAVA 16-1, coached her team in a four-day tournament and flew straight to Dallas to begin training with the WNTA2 program.

And Welch isn’t just training and competing now that she’s in Dallas.

She’s sticking around to coach her MAVA 16-1 club team in the 16 Open Division of the 2013 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships after the WNTA2 program concludes on July 3.

It is obvious Welch isn’t just passionate about playing, but coaching as well.

“I love it,” Welch said. “I love taking what I have been taught and teaching others. It is so rewarding seeing my players progress from where they were at the start of the season.”

Welch’s passion for coaching has led her to eagerly take on this crazy schedule.

As a soon-to-be college senior, it really is crazy.

“We (MAVA) practice four times a week,” Welch said. “I am in my spring season for college for the first few months of club practice, and it is a little crazy.”

Welch manages being an elite student-athlete and coach by making sure her priorities are in line.

“It is all about prioritizing,” Welch said. “When I am in college season, it has to come first. But after that I do everything I can to focus on my players.”

Welch does all she can do to help her players develop and improve, and her ability to relate to them helps her be successful at this.

“It’s a way to give back,” Welch said. “I think I can relate really well to kids at this age. They are the age I was at when I first started having college volleyball dreams. I am in a position to help them discover their own.”

When giving advice to young players about chasing their own dreams, Welch speaks from experience.

“It isn’t always easy,” Welch said. “But you can’t give up. If you have a dream, you have to strive for it. You have to work hard not stop.”

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

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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