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U.S. Women’s National Volleyball A2 Program Roster Announced

By Bill Kauffman | May 07, 2013, 11:03 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (updated June 18, 2013) – USA Volleyball has announced its 47-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Senior A2 Program that will train and compete this summer in Dallas.

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. This program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.

The program roster has athlete representation from 29 different universities with 12 schools having multiple selections. Purdue University has four players selected for the program, while Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, University of Louisville and Loyola Marymount University have three athletes each in the program.

Five athletes are repeat selections from 2012. Purdue University middle blocker Kierra Jones and opposite/setter Valerie Nichol competed in the A2 program last year, as did Michigan State University middle blocker Alexis Mathews and outside hitter Lauren Wicinski. University of New Mexico opposite Chantale Riddle is in her second tour in the A2 program. Mathews also competed in the 2011 edition and is a three-time selection.

The A2 program coaching staff will include Andy Banachowski, Mike Hebert, Ruth Nelson and Bill Neville who will serve as team head coaches. Assistant coaches with the A2 program are Ashley Allen, Terry Condon, Linda Hampton and Marci Sanders. Technical coordinators/assistant coaches for the A2 program are Kevin Hitt, Nicki Holmes, Eugene Tichenor and Jay Van Vark.

During the six-day training period from June 25-30, the 47 athletes will be divided into four equal teams that will compete in pool play against the other A2 program teams.

The athletes were selected via the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted a record 240 participants, 33 more than the previous best mark set in 2012. Athletes selected to both the A2 program and the U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team (WJNT) could only participate in the WJNT program with the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship as the priority event.

Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)
Carly Cramer (L/DS, Purdue University, Martinsville, Ind., 1)
Kristen Hahn (L/DS, Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1)
Annemarie Hickey (L/DS, University of Wisconsin, Oswego, Ill., 1)
Veronica Lewis (L/DS, University of Arizona, San Jose, Calif., 2)
Kori Moster (L/DS, Michigan State University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2)
Ellen Mullins (L/DS, University of Tennessee, Nashville, Tenn., 1)
Caitlin Welch (L/DS, University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., 1)

Middle Blockers
Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)
Simone Antwi (MB, University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va., 3)
Adreene Elliott (MB, University of Maryland, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2)
Casey Hinger (MB, Cal State Northridge, Fullerton, Calif., 2)
Kierra Jones (MB, Purdue University, Fishers, Ind., 2)
Litara Keil (MB, Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach, Calif., 2)
Kathryn LeCheminant (MB, Brigham Young University, Layton, Utah, 1)
Alexis Mathews (MB, Michigan State University, Detroit, Mich., 1)
Brooke Mattingly (MB, University of Louisville, St. Henry, Ohio, 1)
Zoe Nightingale (MB, UCLA, Sacramento, Calif., 2)
DeLaina Sarden (MB, University of Central Florida, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2)
Ariana Williams (MB, University of Oregon, Riverside, Calif., 1)
Courtney Windham (MB, University of North Texas, Houston, Texas, 1)

Outside Hitters
Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)
Ellen Chapman (OH, University of Wisconsin, Glenview, Ill., 2)
Kimberly Dahl (OH, Brigham Young University, Pleasant Grove, Utah, 3)
Victoria Hurtt (OH, Iowa State University, Kansas City, Mo., 2)
Maddy Klineman (OH, UCLA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 3)
Kaitlyn Leary (OH, Ohio State University, Parma, Ohio, 1)
Kathleen Luft (OH, Loyola Marymount University, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1)
Shar Manu-Olevao (OH, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3)
Morgan Odale (OH, University of Utah, Star, Idaho, 1)
Chelsey Schofield (OH, University of Utah, Provo, Utah, 2)
Taylor Simpson (OH, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2)
Nicole Walch (OH, Florida State University, Stuart, Fla., 3)
Lauren Wicinski (OH, Michigan State University, Geneva, Ill., 1)
Ashley Wittman (OH, University of Minnesota, Shakopee, Minn., 1)

Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)
Ashley Battle (Opp, Virginia Tech, Apex, N.C., 4)
Mackenzie Bigbee (Opp, Iowa State University, Williamsburg, Iowa, 3)
Whitney Billings (Opp, University of Kentucky, Helena, Ala., 1)
Annie Drews (Opp, Purdue University, Elkhart, Ind., 3)
Moneshia Simmons (Opp, Clemson University, Buford, Ga., 1)
Valerie Nichol (Opp/S, Purdue University, Normal, Ill, 2)
Chantale Riddle (Opp, University of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M., 2)

Name (Position, School, Hometown, 2013 College Eligibility Remaining)
Deedra Foss (S, Colorado State University, McKenna, Wash., 2)
Hannah Johnson (S, University of New Mexico, Longview, Wash., 3)
Elizabeth Koberstein (S, Marquette University, Madison, Wis., 1)
Hannah Kvitle (S, University of Louisville, Quincy, Ill., 2)
Mackenzie Dagostino (S, University of Maryland, Tampa, Fla., 3)
Hannah Tedrow (S, Loyola Marymount University, Foothill Ranch, Calif., 3)
Courtney Thomas (S, University of Wisconsin, DeKalb, Ill., 2)
Rainette Uiato (S, University of Hawaii, Long Beach, Calif., 1)