Three USC Players Named To 2007 U.S. Junior National Team

May 20, 2007

(courtesy USA Volleyball)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 20, 2007) - USA Volleyball has announced the 12-player roster for the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team after a training block with the 24-player U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team held May 18-20 in Austin, Texas. Three of those 12 players are members of the USC women's volleyball program.

Sophomore setter Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS), along with incoming freshman middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach) and incoming freshman outside Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena), were named to the roster on Sunday.

The 12 players selected for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team will represent Team USA at the FIVB U-20 World Championships held July 19-27 in Nakhonratchasima, Thailand. The dozen players will train in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center approximately July 5-16 in preparation for the World Championships. Prior to leaving for Thailand, the U.S. Women's Junior National Team will train alongside and scrimmage members of the U.S. Women's National Team who will not compete in the Pan American Games held July 14-19 in Brazil.

'I am very pleased with the group of athletes that we have selected to represent the USA at the FIVB Junior World Championships,' U.S. Women's Junior National Team Head Coach Andy Banachowski said. 'We have a good blend of experienced players and talented newcomers to the international game. The tournament will be tough, but our expectations are high. We had a very competitive 24 players to select our final group. All the players put forth an excellent effort.'

Garrett was named to the JNT for the second straight year after competing for last year's NORCECA gold-medal winning team.

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