Volleyball Has Four Named To National Training Team

April 27, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four USC women's volleyball players, including two-time first-team selection Emily Adams and two-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Keao Burdine, have been selected to the 2004 USA women's national volleyball training team, USA Volleyball announced Tuesday.

In addition to Adams (MB/USC/Phoenix, Ariz.) and Burdine (OH/USC/Pico Rivera, Calif.), players selected include Nicole Davis (L/USC/Stockton, Calif.); Staci Venski (OH/USC/California City, Calif.); Jane Collymore (OH/Florida/Englewood, Colo.); Melissa Elmer (MB/Nebraska/Fort Wayne, Ind.); Kim Glass (OH/Arizona/Lancaster, Pa.); Lindsey Hunter (S/Missouri/Papillion, Neb.); Kelsie Kartchner (S/Utah/Pleasant Grove, Utah); Erin Virtue (S/Illinois/St. Charles, Ill.); and Sherri Williams (MB/Florida/Orlando, Fla.).

One more player is expected to be added to the team at a later date.

The team will train in Atlanta, Ga., from May 25-28 under the guidance of head coach John Cook (Nebraska) and assistant coaches Lee Maes (California) and former USC assistant coach Paula Weishoff (Concordia). The squad will then compete in the Women's Open Division of the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships at the Georgia World Congress Center from May 29-June 1.

'This is easily the most abbreviated training season in the past four summers that we have had for collegiate athletes in the pipeline,' said Tom Pingel, USA Volleyball's Director of High Performance National Programs. 'That is due to this being an Olympic year and not being a Pan American Games or World University Games year.

'Although we have a shorter training and competition window than we would like, it will still be a good opportunity for these athletes,' he added. 'This coaching staff has tentatively been selected to be our coaching staff for the 2005 World University Games, and the athletes will benefit from playing together for another summer.'

Adams has been honored as an American Volleyball Coaches Association first-team All-American in each of the last two seasons and has been a key to the Trojans' back-to-back NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003.

Burdine, a second-team AVCA All-America selection last year, has been named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in each of the last two seasons for the Women of Troy following her outstanding championship performances.

Davis completed her eligibility with the Women of Troy in 2003 after helping lead the team to two national titles as the starting libero. Venski, who will enter her junior year in 2004, will likely adopt a starting role as the Women of Troy attempt a three-peat.

The team is primarily selected by invitation based on past performance in USA Volleyball pipeline programs such as the A2 team, Pan American Games team and Junior National Team.

The setters were selected through an invitational weekend tryout at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 9-10.

2004 USA Women's National Training Team
Emily Adams, MB, USC (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Keao Burdine, OH, USC (Pico Rivera, Calif.)
Jane Collymore, OH, Florida (Englewood, Colo.)
Nicole Davis, L, USC (Stockton, Calif.)
Melissa Elmer, MB, Nebraska (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
Kim Glass, OH, Arizona (Lancaster, Pa.)
Lindsey Hunter, S, Missouri (Papillion, Neb.)
Kelsie Kartchner, S, Utah (Pleasant Grove, Utah)
Staci Venski, OH, USC (California City, Calif.)
Erin Virtue, S, Illinois (St. Charles, Ill.)
Sherri Williams, MB, Florida (Orlando, Fla.)

Head Coach: John Cook (Nebraska)
Assistant Coaches: Paula Weishoff (Concordia); Lee Maes (California)

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