Three USC Players Vying For Spot On 2007 U.S. Junior National Team

May 16, 2007

LOS ANGELES - USC sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS), along with incoming freshmen middle blockers Zoe Garrett and Lauren Williams, have been named finalists for the 2007 U.S. Junior National Team. A group of 24 players will compete for one of 12 roster spots in Austin, Texas, with the chance to play at the 2007 FIVB World Championships this July in Thailand.

Carico had a sensational freshman campaign for the Women of Troy, earning AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year honors. She recorded 1,445 assists (12.68 apg), 225 digs (2.24 dpg), 74 blocks (0.73 bpg) and hit .339 on the season for USC.

USA Volleyball has also announced that former USC player Sue Woodstra has been named as assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team and will coach for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics in China. Woodstra, who was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame last September, will resume her head coaching position at Humboldt State at the conclusion of the Olympics.

Woodstra led USC as an outside hitter to the 1977 AIAW Championship, earning All-America status in the process for coach Chuck Erbe. The Colton, Calif. native also was the captain for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team, which earned the silver medal in Los Angeles. She was selected as a USVBA All-Time Great in 1993 and was recently named to the USAV All-Era Team.

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