Dani Drews Selected to U.S. Women's National Team for Volleyball Nations League
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Utah Volleyball star Dani Drews has been named to the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2022 Volleyball Nations League (VNL). Drews, who became Utah's all-time leader in career kills last fall, is one of 25 players in the nation selected to the roster.
The U.S. Women are the three-time defending VNL champions, the 2020 Olympic gold medalists, and are currently the No. 1-ranked team in the world. Drews joins eight players that won the VNL in 2021 and later that summer won the gold medal at the Toyko Olympics.
The Sandy, Utah native is one of nine newcomers on the VNL roster for Team USA and is coming off an outstanding professional season with Athletes Unlimited where she was the top overall draft pick and a four-time team captain. Drews finished her first season in the league ranked third on the leaderboard with 3,308 points, ranking second in kills (222) and second in aces (14), while adding 119 digs and 17 blocks.
Fourteen players from the VNL roster will be chosen for each week's travel roster. The first preliminary VNL round will be May 31-June 5 at Brookshire Grocery Arena in Bossier City, La. The team will move on to play preliminary rounds in Quezon City, Philippines and Calgary, Canada. The finals will be July 13-17 in Ankara, Turkey.
Karch Kiraly, in his 10th year as Women's National Team head coach, will lead the team along with assistant coaches Erin Virtue, Tama Miyashiro and Alfee Reft.
Drews is the only Ute to post 2,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career and just the sixth player in Pac-12 history to do so. Drews also holds the single-season program record in kills (643, 2019) and the single-match record in kills in the rally-scoring era in three sets (22, 2018), four sets (30, 2x) and five sets (33, 2019). Drews finished her career at Utah as the all-time leader in career kills (2,268), sets played (561), and matches played (150), while finishing sixth in aces (126) and ninth in digs (1,104). She also finished her career second all-time in Pac-12 history for career kills.
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U.S. Women's National Team - 2022 Volleyball Nations League
1. Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Okla., Penn State Univ.)
2. Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., Univ. of Illinois)
3. Kathryn Plummer (OH, 6-6, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Stanford Univ.)
4. Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska)
5. Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Ky., Stanford Univ.)
6. Tori Dixon (M, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
7. Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin)
8. Hannah Tapp (M, 6-3, Stewartville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
9. Madi Kingdon Rishel (OH, 6-1, Phoenix, Ariz., Univ. of Arizona)
10. Brionne Butler (MB, 6-4, Kendleton, Texas, Univ. of Texas)
11. Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ.)
12. Jordan Thompson (Opp, 6-4, Edina, Minn., Univ. of Cincinnati)
13. Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota)
15. Haleigh Washington (M, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colo., Penn State Univ.)
16. Dana Rettke (MB, 6-8, Riverside, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin)
17. Dani Drews (OH, 6-0, Sandy, Utah, Univ. of Utah)
18. Kara Bajema (OH, 6-2, Lynden, Wash., Univ. of Washington)
19. Jenna Gray (S, 6-1, Shawnee, Kan., Stanford Univ.)
20. Danielle Cuttino (Opp, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind., Purdue Univ.)
22. Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind., Penn State)
23. Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska)
24. Chiaka Ogbogu (M, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, Univ. of Texas)
30. Ali Frantti (OH, 6-1, Spring Grove, Ill., Penn State)
31. Anna Stevenson (MB, 6-2, Laurens S.C., Univ. of Louisville)
33. Nia Reed (Opp, 6-1, Fort Lee, N.J., Penn State)