Lloyd and Murrey Help USA A2 Blue Win Bronze at Adult Open

June 10, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - California volleyball junior All-American setter Carli Lloyd and sophomore outside hitter Tarah Murrey helped the U.S. Women's National A2 Blue Team win the bronze medal at the 80th USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. from May 23-30. The two Golden Bears were among just 24 players selected to the two A2 teams (blue and red) out of a record 160 athletes who competed at the invitational tryout. It was Lloyd's second selection to the team as she received all-tournament team honors.

The University of Washington, playing under its club name of Huskies VBC, captured the gold medal with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 victory over USA A2 Red in the title match. UW went through the tournament without a set loss in eight matches. A year ago, USA A2 Red defeated Huskies VBC in the gold-medal match with the contributions of Lloyd and former Cal outside hitter Am'ra Solomon. In a playoff for the right to advance to the title match, USA A2 Blue lost to USA A2 Red and earned the bronze medal.

The USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline A2 teams have been competing in the Open Division since 2003. The USA A2 program won the Open Division championship in 2004 and 2008. The A2 players, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2009, were selected as part of the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 160 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.

USA Volleyball has showcased its USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships for 80 years since the organization's founding in 1928. Except for 1943 and 1944 during the height of World War II, the Open has been a mainstay celebrating adult volleyball nationally. The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the Open has featured the sport of volleyball from coast-to-coast.

Cal received the No. 6 ranking in the final Bison/AVCA poll, after completing the 2008 season with the best record in school history at 26-7 (.788). The Bears also recorded a program-best 13 victories in conference play (defeating every team at least once for the first time in school history) and finished third in the Pac-10 (13-5).

The Bears advanced to the NCAA regional final for the second consecutive year where they fell to eventual NCAA champion, top-seeded Penn State in the University Park region. Cal set school records with new marks for winning streaks by claiming 29 consecutive sets without a loss and winning 16 straight home matches.

Courtesy of Bill Kaufman/USA Volleyball (bill.kauffman@usav.org)

2009 USA Women's National A2 Blue Team1 - Laurie Gonzalez (Libero, Albany, So., Carolina, Puerto Rico)2 - Carli Lloyd (Setter, California, Jr., Bonsall, Calif.)3 - Johannah Bangert (Middle Blocker, Illinois, Jr., Washington, Mo.)4 - Brooks Webster (Outside Hitter, Alabama, Sr., Baltimore, Md.)5 - Haley Carroll (Libero, San Francisco, Sr., Gilroy, Calif.)10 - Laura DeBruler (Outside Hitter, Illinois, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill.)12 - Paige Weber (Setter, Arizona, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)13 - Sarah Ammerman (Outside Hitter, Texas A&M, Sr., Parker, Colo.)14 - Whitney Dosty (Outside Hitter, Arizona, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.)15 - Lindsay Fletemier (Middle Blocker, Dayton, Jr., Garden City, Mich.)17 - Ashley Benson (Middle Blocker, Indiana, Jr., Bloomington, Ind.)18 - Tarah Murrey (Outside Hitter, California, So., El Cerrito, Calif.)Head Coach: Suzie Fritz (Kansas State); Assistant Coach: Scott Swanson (Minnesota)

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