Cal's McNamee Selected to A-2 Women's National Volleyball Team

April 13, 2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - University of California women's volleyball player Candace McNamee has been selected as one of 14 athletes from around the nation who will train as part of the A-2 Women's National Volleyball Team this summer at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

The A-2 squad is comprised of student-athletes who are potential members of USA teams that will be competing at the 2003 World University Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. McNamee joins Norisha Campbell (Florida State), Lizzy Fitzgerald (Wisconsin), Tayibba Haneef (Long Beach State), Wendy Hatlestad (Pittsburgh), Brittany Hochevar (Long Beach State), Hedder Ilustre (Cal State Northridge), Jennifer Jones (Pacific), Lilly Kahomoku (Hawaii), Kristy Kreher (Notre Dame), M'Myia McQuirter (Western Michigan), Nina Puikkonen (BYU), Cheryl Weaver (Long Beach State) and Elisha Thomas (Long Beach State) as members of the 2001 A-2 team.

McNamee was selected to the A-2 squad after traveling to Colorado Springs this past February 3-5 along with Cal teammates Leah Young and Gabrielle Abernathy and over 70 other college athletes who attended the national team tryouts. She will be leaving for the Olympic Training Center May 20 to join the other member of the A-2 squad. The A-2 squad will practice over the summer and play in exhibition matches, including competing at the Junior Olympics in early July in Salt Lake City, UT and traveling to Beijing, China in early August.

'This is a great opportunity for me to be able to train at a high level with some of the best college volleyball players in the nation,' said McNamee, who will be a senior setter/outside hitter for the Bears this fall. 'Hopefully the experience I gain over the summer will help me provide leadership for Cal next season.'

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