COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 23, 2007) -- USA Volleyball is pleased to announce the 20 players selected to participate in the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball A2 program in late spring.
The 20 players, all with remaining collegiate eligibility, will be split into two 10-member squads during training sessions prior to competing in the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships May 26-June 2 in Austin, Texas.
“We are very pleased to able to field two teams of such a high caliber at the U.S. Open Championships,” said USA Volleyball Managing Director of High Performance Tom Pingel. “This is a direct reflection on the level of athletes that attended the tryouts this past winter. Not only is the USA Volleyball staff looking forward to seeing this up-and-coming group of athletes train and compete in Austin in May, judging by the feedback from the athletes, they are anxiously looking forward to it as well.”
USA Volleyball held open tryouts Dec. 16-17, 2006, at Omaha and Feb. 23-25, 2007, at Colorado Springs for selection to the A2 Teams, in addition to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and U.S. Women’s National Team. Players invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team starting in May will be announced as soon as all confirmations have been received from the invitee list. Selections to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team will be announced in early May.
U.S. Women's National A2 Selections:
Sydney Anderson (Fr., Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah) - Anderson won AVCA West Region Freshman of the Year in setting Utah's offense this past season. The Utes hit .281 with her running the attack and she set three hitters who landed AVCA All-West Region honors as well. Anderson finished the season handing out 12.45 assists and also averaged 2.77 digs and 0.76 blocks.
Kaylee Manns (Fr., Iowa State, Topeka, Kan.) - Manns broke the single-season school-record with 1,433 assists while directing the Cyclones’ offensive attack. Manns helped improve the Iowa State hitting percentage to .230, a year after the team hit .198. Her 12.91 assists per game was fourth in the Big 12.