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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 21, 2008) – U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach “Jenny” Lang Ping announced today that 10 players have accepted offers to train with Team USA at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, with most of the athletes arriving within a week. The selected players participated in an invitation-only tryout held Jan. 7-12 in Colorado Springs.
In addition, Lang Ping announced 2000 Olympian Sarah Noriega (Ulysses, Kan.) has returned to the team to train and is working toward earning a roster spot for the 2008 Olympics. She did not compete in the 2004 Olympics. Noriega served as an intern with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs last year.
The invitation-only tryout participants earning training team spots include University of Texas’ Lauren Paolini (MB, Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich.), Destinee Hooker (OH, So., San Antonio, Texas) and Juliann Faucette (OH, Fr., San Diego, Calif.); Stanford University’s Bryn Kehoe (L/S, Sr., North Bend, Ohio) and Alix Klineman (OH, Fr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.); University of California-Berkeley’s Angie Pressey (OH, Sr., Heathrow, Fla.) and Morgan Beck (OPP, Jr., Coto De Caza, Calif.); UCLA’s Rachell Johnson (OH, Sr., San Diego, Calif.); Long Beach State University’s Alexis Crimes (MB, Sr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); and Loyola Marymount University’s Heather Hughes (OPP, Sr., Fallbrook, Calif.). One additional player from the invitational tryout may be added at a later date.
“This group of young players will have a chance to train as a group under our system for a few months and getting used to international volleyball rules,” Lang Ping said. “These players will have the opportunity to compete for roster spots this summer at the FIVB World Grand Prix and Olympic Games. At the very least, if they do not make the Olympic Games roster, they will have gained valuable experience for the future with our program.”
The 2008 U.S. Women’s National Training Team started the calendar year with national team veterans Cassie Busse (Prior Lake, Minn.), Nicole Davis (L, Stockton, Calif.), Lindsey Hunter (Setter, Papillion, Neb.), Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.) and Katie Wilkins (OH, Lakeside, Calif.). Stanford University junior teammates Foluke Akinradewo (MB, Plantation, Fla.), the 2007 AVCA Division I National Player of the Honda Award winner for best collegiate volleyball player, and Cynthia Barboza (OH, Long Beach, Calif.) are part of the U.S. National Training Team with Akinradewo already in camp and Barboza expected to report in mid-March. Angie McGinnis (S, Fraser, Mich.) completed her collegiate career at University of Florida this past fall and is training in Colorado Springs full-time with Team USA. Tatum Ailes (L, Bellevue, Neb.) trained earlier this spring with the national team, but is not on the active training roster. Other U.S. Women’s National Team players currently competing overseas will reconvene training in Colorado Springs by early May 2008.
U.S. Women’s National Training Team athletes will compete this spring for tournament roster spots this summer. Team USA earned its berth into the 2008 Olympic Games by finishing third at the FIVB World Cup in November 2007.