Kendall Bateman Selected To U.S. Junior National Team

May 18, 2009

(courtesy USA Volleyball)

LOS ANGELES -- USC sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa HS) has been selected to the 2009 U.S. Women's Junior National Team roster, which will compete at the FIVB World Championship (July 16-25) at Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico.

Prior to leaving for Mexico on July 14, the 12-player team will train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, Calif.

The U.S. Women's Junior National Team qualified for the FIVB World Championship by winning the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship last summer at Saltillo, Mexico. Paula Weishoff-Hanold (current UC Irvine head coach and former USC All-American and assistant coach) returns as head coach of the team. She will be assisted by Denise Corlett (associate head coach at Stanford University) and John Corbelli (associate head coach at Texas A&M University).

'While most members of this team may lack international experience, it is a very athletic group that will certainly look forward to representing their country at the World Championships,' said USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor High Performance Programs Tom Pingel.

Bateman is the only player with past FIVB World Championship experience as she competed in the 2007 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship. She will be USC's No. 1 setter for the upcoming 2009 campaign.

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