Elisabeth Bachman Invited to Train with U.S. National Team

March 22, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - UCLA's Elisabeth Bachman is one of nine players invited to train with the USA Women's National Team in Colorado Springs, CO. 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.

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.

Bachman completed a highly successful Bruin career with 1,308 kills and 622 blocks, becoming the first Bruin and fifth Pac-10 player in history to record both 1,200 career kills and 600 career blocks. Her career attack percentage of .362 set a new UCLA and Pac-10 career record. Bachman, a second-team Verizon Academic All-American, was named to her third consecutive Pac-10 and AVCA All-Pacific Region first teams, and was named to three All-Tournament Teams, including the NCAA Central Regional in Madison, WI. She was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Volleyball Magazine at the conclusion of the 2000 season.

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