Ruddins and Schraer Selected to USAV Collegiate National Team|
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April 8, 2014
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USC women’s volleyball senior middle blocker Hannah Schraer and sophomore outside hitter Elise Ruddins were each chosen by USA Volleyball among a select group of 36 athletes to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis.
This CNT program includes nine middle blockers, nine outside hitters, six opposite hitters, six setters, and six liberos. The outside hitters are Breanna Atkinson (Duke University, Ashburn, Va.), Mary Helen Boyle (LSU, Eureka, Mo.), Cassie House (University of New Mexico, Rio Rancho, N.M.), Litara Keil (Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach, Calif.), Kendall Kritenbrink (University of South Dakota, Gretna, Neb.), Leah McNary (Creighton University, Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Katie Mitchell (Ohio State University, The Woodlands, Texas), McKenzie Willey (Arizona State University, Highland, Utah) and Emily Wilson (University of Missouri, Omaha, Neb.).
Middle blockers selected for the program are Mercedes Binns (Arizona State University, South Pasadena, Calif.), Kelli Browning (Creighton University, Waukesha, Wis.), Emily Miron (North Dakota State University, Wedena, Minn.), Rachel Rhoades (University of Arizona, San Diego, Calif.), Sara Rishell (UAB, Smithsburg, Md.), Hannah Schraer (University of Southern California, Arcadia, Calif.), Paige Tapp (University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn.), Dominque Thompson (University of Wisconsin, Plymouth, Minn.) and Mercedes Vaughn (Florida State University, Folcroft, Pa.).
The setters are Jianna Bonomi (University of San Diego, Huntington Beach, Calif.), Katie Brand (Kansas State University, Grand Island, Neb.), Mackenzie Dagostino (University of Florida, Tampa, Fla.), Julia Doyle (University of Oklahoma, Plymouth, Minn.), Aubrey Edie (University of Mississippi, Fayetteville, Ark.) and Sarah Wickstrom (Florida State University, Stuart, Fla.).
Opposites selected to the program are Abby Cole (University of Michigan, Grand Haven, Mich.), Hannah Deede (Western Oregon University, Silverton, Ore.), Jennifer Hamson (BYU, Lindon, Utah), Chelsey Harris (Rice University, Houston), Chantale Riddle (University of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M.) and Elise Ruddins (University of Southern California, Laguna Nigel, Calif.).
The selected liberos are Rachel Brummitt (Texas Tech, Plano, Texas), Veronica Lewis (University of Arizona, San Jose, Calif.), Delaney Clesen (University of Pittsburgh, Evanston, Ill.), Sarah Meister (University of Missouri, San Diego, Calif.), Katie Mosher (Florida State University, Fort Myers, Fla.) and Jacqueline Napper (University of Kentucky, Louisville, Ky.).
This CNT program will be instructed by lead coaches Mike Hebert and Bill Neville, who are both retired college head coaches. Both Hebert and Neville have extensive coaching experience not only at the collegiate level, but also at the international level. Neville has served as head coach for both the men’s and women’s U.S. National Teams as well as assistant on the U.S. Men’s National Team. Hebert has contributed to the U.S. Women’s National Team as an assistant coach.
Nicki Holmes, assistant women’s volleyball coach at UCF, will serve as the program manager. Other program coaches are: Ashley Allen (assistant women’s coach at Nicholls State University), Ray Gooden (head women’s coach at Northern Illinois University), Linda Hampton-Keith (assistant women’s coach at Arizona State University), Ben Lee (Arizona Storm Volleyball Club), Marci Sanders (head women’s coach at University of Texas-Dallas) and Jay Van Vark (assistant women’s coach at Cal State University-San Marcos)
For the third consecutive year, USA Volleyball will have its U.S. Collegiate National Team program (formerly known as U.S. Women’s National A2 Team) represented at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships.
“USA Volleyball is again looking forward to assembling this great crop of athletes for the College National Team program in Minneapolis,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “It’s always beneficial to the program to get this group in the gym during the summer, as well as get them in front of everyone at the GJNC.”
After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams, which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Earlier this month, U.S. Collegiate National Team rosters were announced for the China Tour program and the European Tour program. A total of 60 athletes have been selected to compete as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team program. Athlete selections for all three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women’s National Team open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo., or based on past performances within the CNT program.
Sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu was named as one of 12 players that will serve as the U.S. Collegiate National Team during a tour of China from June 17-27. Ruddins, Schraer, and Nwanebu were chosen from among 248 participating athletes. Junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio also has summer plans as a member of the Pac-12 All-Star Team that will also tour China in June.
The Trojans finished third in the Pac-12 with a 16-4 mark in league matches and received the sixth seed in the NCAA tournament. USC made its 23rd consecutive (31st overall) appearance in the NCAA championships and advanced to the regional championship match for the fourth straight year. The Trojans finished with a final record of 29-6 following a hard-fought five-set loss to third-seeded Pac-12 champion Washington at the Galen Center. For more information on the USC women’s volleyball team, visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCWomensVolley on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
U.S. Collegiate National Team – USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships
Lead Coaches: Mike Hebert and Bill Neville