COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After 18 months of training and evaluating USA
women's national team athletes, head coach Mick Haley announced today that
12 athletes would be invited to return to resume training in January, 1999.
Additional athletes may be added following tryouts in Madison, Wis. in
December 1998, and in Colorado Springs, Colo. in May 1999.
Haley also announced the release of setter Salima Davidson and outside
hitter Karrie Downey.
"Salima's enthusiasm, hustle and leadership was key in starting the U.S.A.'s
rebuilding effort after the Atlanta Games. However, the program's need for
a different style in the setter position is crucial to continuing to improve
and successfully compete in international play and win a medal in 2000.
Downey made a significant impact on the program with her all out hustle and
effort. However, we still had the need for a *** left-side hitter,"
Charlene Johnson and Lisa Sharpley will be invited back as setters for the
U.S.A. when the team returns in January.
The U.S. is tentatively scheduled to return to international play in March
with a tour in Australia.