Learning Key for Collegiate National Team Athletes

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | July 10, 2018, 7:55 p.m. (ET)
Members of the USAV Collegiate National Team compete
Dani Barton (9 at left) and Jaila Tolbert (13 at right) played with the Collegiate National Team in Detroit. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2018) – Players on the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team (USAV CNT) that trained and scrimmaged in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Mich., learned plenty on and off the court.

Twenty-four players from 24 difference NCAA Division I schools first trained at the University of Michigan. They moved to Detroit and the Girls’ Junior Championships where they practiced and played three inter-squad scrimmages. Players were selected from the USAV Women's National Team Tryout run by USAV's High Performance Department.


Opposite Dani Barton from the University of Utah said playing with the USAV CNT was similar to college, but took things up a level.

“It’s just super high competition,” she said. “Everyone is good. Everyone is a star on their team.”

Jaila Tolbert, an opposite from Virginia Tech, was grateful for the experience.

“This experience means the world to me,” she said. “It’s something I never thought I would be able to do.”

Tolbert will play her senior season at Virginia Tech this fall and will have a new coaching staff. She is hoping she can take what she has learned back to her team and help it improve.

“Playing at this level is so different,” she said. “I’ve learned about being a good teammate and learned how to hit some nice shots and get some really big blocks.”

Barton just finished her freshman season at Utah and is excited to take back what she learned.

“Serving is something I have been inconsistent at,” she said. “I’m starting to finally get a good routine and I feel like my serve is really improving.”

2018 CNT Detroit Roster
Check out our player bios!

Red Team

Name (Pos., School, Height, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown, Youth Club)
1. Addie Picha (M, Univ. of San Diego, 6-2, 1, Puyallup, Wash., Puget Sound VA)
2. Amber Witherspoon (M, Syracuse Univ., 6-4, 1, Chicago, Ill., N/A)
3. Andrea Hale (OH, Weber State Univ., 6-3, 1, Elk Ridge, Utah, Club Utah)
11. Gabby Curry (L, Univ. of Kentucky, 5-9, 3, Buford, Ga., A5)
12. Haley Templeton (S, Univ. of Miami, 6-0, 1, Alpharetta, Ga., A5)
13. Jaila Tolbert (OPP, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 1, Minneapolis, Minn., Minnesota Select VBC)
14. Kaylin Korte (OH, Clemson Univ., 6-0, 2, Morris, Ill., 1st Alliance)
16. Lauren Sanders (M, Univ. of Washington, 6-4, 3, Snohomish, Wash., Washington VA)
20. Morgan O’Brien (L, Univ. of Illinois, 5-8, 3, Libertyville, Ill., Sky High VBC)
22. Sarah Sanders (OPP, Univ. of Oklahoma, 6-4, 3, Plano, Texas, Texas Advantage Volleyball)
23. Tess Reid (S, Loyola Marymount Univ., 5-8, 2, Lenexa, Kan., KC Power)
24. Yossiana Pressley (OH, Baylor Univ., 6-0, 3, Cypress, Texas, Willowbrook)

White Team
Name (Pos., School, Height, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown, Youth Club)
4. Ashley Brown (S, Washington State Univ., 5-9, 2, Prosper, Texas, Texas Advantage)
5. Bailey Choy (S, Univ. of Utah, 5-9, 2, Honolulu, Hawaii, Imi Ike)
6. Brooke Bailey (OH, Clemson Univ., 6-2, 2, Canton, Ohio, Academy for Volleyball Cleveland)
7. Brooke Morgan (M, Univ. of Kentucky, 6-5, 1, Dike, Iowa, Six Pack)
8. Candice Denny (M, Univ. of Arizona, 6-2, 3, Saratoga, Calif., Encore Volleyball Club)
9. Danielle Barton (OPP, Univ. of Utah, 6-0, 3, Sandy, Utah, Club V)
10. Elizabeth Pamphile (M, Univ. of Arkansas, 6-1, 3, Orlando, Fla., OTVA)
15. Kendra Dahlke (OH, Univ. of Arizona, 6-0, 1, Bonsall, Calif., Coast VBC)
17. Mary Dodge (L, Univ. of Wisconsin, 5-10, 2, East Troy, Wisc., Milwaukee Sting)
18. Meredith Norris (OH, Michigan State Univ., 6-3, 3, Owosso, Mich., Michigan Elite)
19. Mia Sokolowski (OPP, Univ. of Florida, 6-4, 3, Tucson, Ariz., Zona Volleyball Club)
21. Reilly Killeen (L, Kansas State Univ., 5-4, 1, Honolulu, Hawaii, Imi Ike)

U.S. Collegiate National Team-Detroit Delegation
Mentor Coach: Rod Wilde (Madison Elite VBC)
Manager: Jeff Wanderer (West Hills College)
Head Coach: Dennis Janzen (Trinity Western University)
Head Coach: Nickie Sanlin (McKendree University)
Assistant Coach: Dave Butler (University of Oregon)
Assistant Coach: Lindsay Brown (IPFW Men's Volleyball)
Technical Coordinator: Taylor Filzen (University of Dayton)
Technical Coordinator: Ariel Sanchez (Idaho State University)
USA Volleyball Staff: Kassidi Gilgenast