Pressey, Beck and McShane Participate in USA Volleyball Tryouts
Feb. 26, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The University of California volleyball program was well represented this past weekend at the USA Volleyball National Team Open Tryouts at the USA Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior outside hitter Angie Pressey, sophomore outside hitter Morgan Beck and assistant coach Matt McShane participated in the two-day affair. Pressey and Beck were among 110 athletes that included 28 outside hitters, 22 setters, 23 middle blockers, 21 liberos and 16 opposites from 53 different colleges who are aspiring to be selected to one of the 2007 U.S. Women's National Teams, including the A2 and Women's Junior National Team. McShane was selected by USA Volleyball to help run the tryouts and assist in the selection of the various national teams.
Female volleyball players who are United States citizens were eligible to tryout for the U.S. National Team, provided they have completed high school or are high school athletes born in 1987 or earlier. College athletes born in 1988 and 1989 will be evaluated for both the Junior National Team and National Team programs.
Cal senior libero Jillian Davis was earlier selected to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Training Team by USA head coach Jenny Lang Ping on January 11. The National Team Training squad began workouts on Jan. 16 at the Olympic Training Center.
Davis, a 5-9 libero from La Canada, Calif., became the Golden Bears' all-time dig leader this past fall with 1,810 digs after a record-breaking senior campaign of 548 digs, breaking her own school record of 538 digs from the previous season. She added 44 aces and 145 assists in her four-year career spanning a total of 399 games and 112 matches as Cal's starting libero. Davis set a school single-match record with 33 digs against Stanford on Oct. 1, 2004 during her sophomore season. She earned honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades in 2003, followed by honorable mention All-Pac-10 accolades in 2005 and 2006.
Pressey, a 5-8 standout from Heathrow, Fla., was a 2006 second-team AVCA All-American, an All-Pacific Region and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, leading the Bears with 487 kills. She was also the Co-MVP of the Cal Molten Classic and the MVP of the Golden Bear Invitational. Beck, from Coto De Caza, Calif., finished third on the team with 306 kills and was honorable mention All-Pac-10 and a member of the Golden Bear Invitational All-Tournament team.
McShane, along with head coach Rich Feller and assistant coach Chris Bigelow, helped the 2006 Cal squad advance to the NCAA Round of 16 for only the second time in school history, while finishing 22-10 overall and 13th in the final AVCA national poll. The Bears defeated LSU and Cal Poly, 3-1, in the NCAA first and second rounds, before falling to Stanford, 3-0, in the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas.