U.S. Collegiate National Team-Anaheim Roster Named

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | April 01, 2019, 2:55 p.m. (ET)

Anna Dixon attacking against Ella Powell's block. Both were selected to the CNT-Anaheim roster from the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout
Anna Dixon attacking against Ella Powell's block during the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryout. Both were selected to the CNT-Anaheim roster.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 1, 2019) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce its 28-player U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team – Anaheim roster comprised of current collegiate players.

Setters named to the CNT-Anaheim are Teana Adams-Kaonohi (Kansas State University, Honolulu, Hawaii), Madelyn Cole (Creighton University, Dallas, Texas), Meghan Donovan (University of Georgia, St. Louis, Missouri) and Ella Powell (University of Washington, Fayetteville, Arkansas). The liberos are Hana Lishman (Pepperdine University, Kailua, Hawaii), Kelsey Miller (University of Virginia, Crestwood, Kentucky), Emma Smith (California-Berkeley, Manhattan Beach, California) and Rachel Whipple (University of Colorado, Centennial, Colorado).

The four opposites selected are Melissa Evans (North Carolina State University, Lone Tree, Colorado), Bailee Huizenga (California-Berkeley, Temecula, California), Brooke Kanas (Texas Tech, New Braunfels, Texas) and Gloria Mutiri (Kansas State University, Sand Springs, Oklahoma).

Middles selected to the elite CNT-Anaheim squad are Preslie Anderson (California-Berkeley, Chandler, Arizona), Lauren Forte (California-Berkeley, Tempe, Arizona), Jasmine Gross (University of Southern California, Portland, Oregon), Blake Mohler (Purdue University, Ocean Springs, Mississippi), Tyanna Omazic (University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri), Regan Pittman (University of Minnesota, Spring Hill, Kansas), Lauren Sanders (University of Washington, Snohomish, Washington) and M'Kaela White (James Madison University, Riverdale, Maryland).

The outside hitters named to the roster are Brynn Carlson (Kansas State University (Woodbury, Minnesota), Samantha Drechsel (University of Washington, Woodinville, Washington), Keeley Davis (Creighton University, Highlands Ranch, Colorado), Anna Dixon (Kansas State University, Louisburg, Kansas), Kayla Lund (University of Pittsburgh, Pasadena, California), elan McCall (TCU, Leander, Texas), Valerie Valerian (University of North Texas, Sugar Land, Texas) and Roxanne Wiblin (University of San Diego, Berkeley, California).

The squad will train June 23-29 at the American Sports Centers in Anaheim, the official host city for the U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Volleyball Teams. The program will hold a public Red-Blue scrimmage on June 28 in the vicinity of Anaheim (site and time TBA).

The CNT-Anaheim coaches include Dan Fisher (University of Pittsburgh), Travis Hudson (Western Kentucky University), Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Creighton University) and Melissa Wolter (University of West Florida). Technical coordinators for the team are Taylor Filzen (University of Dayton) and Jess Aschenbrenner (University of Denver). Rod Wilde will serve as the mentor coach, while Jeff Wanderer has been selected as the team manager.

“CNT-Anaheim team is wonderful opportunity for these athletes,” Fisher said. “For many of them it will be their first time representing the USA, getting a first look at international volleyball. Additionally, it will coincide with other national team training blocks in Anaheim giving both players and coaches a great chance to learn from the best. I am really looking forward to this training block and working again with Team USA.”

Sanders was part of the 2018 CNT-Detroit program as well as the 2016 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that won silver at the NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship. Pittman was part of the 2015 U.S Girls’ Youth National Team that won silver at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship. Powell helped lead the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team to silver at the 2016 NORCECA Girls’ U18 Continental Championship.

Athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held March 1-3 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Last month USA Volleyball announced its CNT-World University Games and CNT-Japan Tour rosters. All told, 52 athletes are taking part in the Collegiate National Team program, all which are considered second tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Teams under NCAA rules.

Notes:

  • Kansas State University has four players on the CNT-Anaheim roster: Teana Adams-Kaonohi, Brynn Carlson, Anna Dixon and Gloria Mutiri.
  • California-Berkeley and University of Washington each have three players on the CNT-Anaheim roster: Representing Cal are Preslie Anderson, Lauren Forte and Bailee Huizenga. For Washington, Samantha Drechsel, Ella Powell and Lauren Sanders are on the roster.
  • Teana Adams-Kaonohi (Kansas State), Keeley Davis (Creighton) and Anna Dixon (Kansas State) have four years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
  • Youth club KC Power and Washington Volleyball Academy each have two alums on the CNT-Anaheim roster. KC Power is represented by Anna Dixon (Kansas State) and Regan Pittman (Minnesota), while WVA has Samantha Drechsel and Lauren Sanders, who are now both with the Washington Huskies.

U.S. Collegiate National Team - Anaheim
Name (Position, School, Height, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown, Youth Club)
Teana Adams-Kaonohi (S, Kansas State University, 6-1, 4, Honolulu, Hawaii, Rainbows VBC)
Preslie Anderson (M, California-Berkeley, 6-2, 2, Chandler, Arizona, Aspire Volleyball Club)
Brynn Carlson (OH, Kansas State University, 6-4, 3, Woodbury, Minnesota, Northern Lights)
Madelyn Cole (S, Creighton University, 5-10, 1, Dallas, Texas, Excel Volleyball)
Keeley Davis (OH, Creighton University, 6-0, 4, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Woodlands Wave Volleyball Club)
Anna Dixon (OH, Kansas State University, 6-2, 4, Louisburg, Kansas, KC Power)
Meghan Donovan (S, University of Georgia, 6-3, 1, St. Louis, Missouri, Rockwood Thunder)
Samantha Drechsel (OH, University of Washington, 6-4, 2, Woodinville, Washington, Washington Volleyball Academy)
Melissa Evans (OPP, North Carolina State University, 6-1, 3, Lone Tree, Colorado, Front Range VBC)
Lauren Forte (M, California-Berkeley, 6-3, 3, Tempe, Arizona, Club One)
Jasmine Gross (M, University of Southern California, 6-3, 1, Portland, Oregon, Excel NW)
Bailee Huizenga (OPP, California-Berkeley, 6-1, 1, Temecula, California, Forza 1)
Brooke Kanas (OPP, Texas Tech, 6-2, 3, New Braunfels, Texas, Alamo Volleyball)
Hana Lishman (L, Pepperdine University, 5-8, 2, Kailua, Hawaii, Ka Ulukoa Volleyball Club)
Kayla Lund (OH, University of Pittsburgh, 6-0, 2, Pasadena, California, SG Elite Roshambo)
elan McCall (OH, TCU, 6-0, 3, Leander, Texas, Austin Juniors)
Kelsey Miller (L, University of Virginia, 5-10, 1, Crestwood, Kentucky, Union)
Blake Mohler (M, Purdue University, 6-2, 1, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Mobile Storm)
Gloria Mutiri (OPP, Kansas State University, 6-2, 3, Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Club One)
Tyanna Omazic (M, University of Missouri, 6-2, 2, Kansas City, Missouri, PVA)
Regan Pittman (M, University of Minnesota, 6-5, 2, Spring Hill, Kansas, KC Power)
Ella Powell (S, University of Washington, 6-0, 3, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ozark Juniors)
Lauren Sanders (M, University of Washington, 6-4, 2, Snohomish, Washington, Washington Volleyball Academy)
Emma Smith (L, California-Berkeley, 5-8, 1, Manhattan Beach, California, Long Beach VBC)
Valerie Valerian (OH, University of North Texas, 6-1, 2, Sugar Land, Texas, Club Catalyst)
Rachel Whipple (L, University of Colorado, 5-7, 1, Centennial, Colorado, Colorado Volleyball Association)
M'Kaela White (M, James Madison University, 6-4, 1, Riverdale, Maryland, Metro Volleyball Club of DC)
Roxanne Wiblin (OH, University of San Diego, 6-2, 2, Berkeley, California, Encore Volleyball Club)