Four USC Players Named To 2008 U.S. National Women's A2 Program
March 27, 2008
(courtesy USA Volleyball - usavolleyball.org)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four members of the USC women's volleyball team have been selected to the 2008 U.S. Women's Senior A2 National Team program, according to USAV Managing Director of High Performance Indoor Programs Tom Pingel.
The four Women of Troy are: junior libero Alli Hillgren (Rancho Santa Fe/Francis Parker HS), sophomore outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS), sophomore middle blocker Zoe Garrett (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach HS) and redshirt freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Lauren Williams (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS).
The roster of 22 players, all with remaining collegiate eligibility, will be split into two 11-member squads during training sessions prior to competing in the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships May 24-31 in Atlanta. The competition will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center Hall B. Additional information on the tournament can be found at http://www.usavolleyball.org/Adults/.
'We are very pleased to able to field two teams of such a high caliber at the U.S. Open Championships,' Pingel said. 'We have expanded the A2 program from 20 to 22 players, and we feel this will be a workable number given the level of talent at the tryout. Not only is the USA Volleyball staff looking forward to seeing this up-and-coming group of athletes train and compete in Atlanta in May, judging by the feedback from the athletes, they are anxiously looking forward to it as well.'
USA Volleyball held two tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to assist in the selection of the A2 Team. The first tryout session was an invitation-only event Jan. 7-11, while the second tryout was an open event held Feb. 22-24. Both tryouts doubled as evaluation periods for the A2 program as well as the U.S. Women's National Team which will compete at the Olympic Games.
The 2008 U.S. Women's National A2 Team includes four setters, seven outside hitters, six middles, three opposites and two liberos. The players come from 14 different collegiate programs.
In addition, USA Volleyball has announced the coaching staff for the U.S. Women's National A2 Teams. University of Texas Head Coach Jerritt Elliott and Michigan State University Head Coach Cathy George will serve as head coaches for the program, while University of Virginia Assistant Coach Jill Pape-Kramer and Georgia Tech Assistant Coach Ben Bodipo-Memba will serve as assistant coaches.
Here are player profiles for USC's four players in the program:
Zoe Garrett (Middle Blocker, Sophomore in 2008, University of Southern California, Laguna Beach, Calif.)
Garrett was named to the 2007 All-Pac 10 Freshman Team as she started 29 of 34 matches for the Trojans. She averaged 2.60 points per set, including a 1.02 block average. She helped the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team to a fourth place finish at the FIVB Women's Junior World Championship as she finished second among all players in block average. Garrett was part of the gold-medal winning U.S. Women's Junior National Team at the 2006 NORCECA Continental Championship.
Alli Hillgren (Libero, Junior in 2008, University of Southern California, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
Hillgren played in 116 of 128 games for the Trojans as a sophomore in 2007. She averaged 4.38 digs per set for fifth best in the Pac-10. Hillgren helped USC to a 29-5 record and spot in the NCAA Division Tournament semifinals.
Kimmee Roleder (Outside Hitter, Sophomore in 2008, University of Southern California, Pasadena, Calif.)
Roleder started 24 matches as afreshman for the Trojans in 2007 compiling averages of 2.71 kills, 1.64 digs and 0.56 blocks per set. As a member of the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Team, she helped Team USA to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship. Roleder earned 76 points at the FIVB World Championship for seventh-best among all players.
Lauren Williams (Middle Blocker, Sophomore in 2008, University of Southern California, Houston, Texas)
Williams, who redshirted at University of Southern California during the 2007 season, helped the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team to a gold medal the 2004 NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship and a fourth-place finish at the 2005 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship. Williams was also selected for the 2007 U.S. Women's Junior National Training Team.
USC is coming off its fourth NCAA Final Four appearance in six years.