I think someone recently asked who the players were that USA Vball invited
to train with the USA Women's National Team. Here's the answer in the press
release they sent out today.
San Diego, California
Contact: Chris Stuart, Senior Director, Corporate Development & Marketing
For immediate release: Feb. 16, 2001
USA Volleyball Invites 9 Women to Train With National Team
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The USA Women's National Volleyball Team continues
its mission of identifying young talent by inviting 9 student/athletes to
train with the Women's National Volleyball Team. The athletes were selected
from a group of nearly 70 who tried out in Colorado Springs in early
February. The team will begin training on February 22, 2001 at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center.
USA Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Toshi Yoshida feels these
athletes serve an important role in the national team program.
"This is an essential step in the national team pipeline," Yoshida said.
"If these players continue to work hard they will have an excellent chance
to continue their relationship with USA Volleyball with the 2003 World
University Games and the 2004 Olympics."
The 9 student/athletes invited to train as part of the national team are:
Jennifer Maastricht (Wisconsin), Christie Wilson (Rhode Island), Kimberly
Zschau (Kansas State), Charnette Fair (Minnesota), Christy Gittinger (St.
Edwards), Tiffany Cronin (Northwestern State), Kelly Campbell (Colorado),
Nicole Branagh (Minnesota) and Elisabeth Bachman (UCLA).
USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body for the sport in America and
as such is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the FIVB (Federation
Internationale de Volleyball) as the organization primarily responsible for
increasing participation and awareness of volleyball in American. USAV's
efforts are aided by the many member organizations with which it is
affiliated, such as 38 Regional Volleyball Associations, the NCAA, YMCA,
National Federation of State High School Associations, Association of
Volleyball Professionals and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.