COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 21, 2016) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce its 12-player roster for its U.S. Collegiate National Team Europe Tour roster (CNT-Europe).
The squad, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline, will train and compete from July 6-16. The CNT-Europe squad will have training matches against an Italian Federation Team July 7, July 8 and July 9 near Milan, Italy, before heading to Pula, Croatia, to play in the Global Challenge July 11-14.
Selected CNT-Europe setters are Taylor Hughes (Ohio State University, Carroll, Ohio) and Gabby Simpson (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado). Middle blockers chosen to the team are Leah Levert (Syracuse University, Savannah, Georgia), Molly Lohman (University of Minnesota, Mankato, Minnesota) and Jazzmine McDonald (Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana).
Outside hitters named to the team are Jordan Anderson (UCLA, Flower Mound, Texas), Ciara Capezio (Iowa State University, Williams Bay, Wisconsin), Lily Johnson (Missouri State University, Wildwood, Missouri) and McKenna Woodford (Washington State University, Chandler, Arizona). Opposites tabbed for the CNT-Europe team are Katherine Mahlke (University of Michigan, Downers Grove, Illinois) and Casey Schoenlein (Washington State University, Bellevue, Washington). Serving as libero for the team is Alyssa Goehner (University of Minnesota, Lakeville, Minnesota).
The team’s coaching staff will be named later this spring.
The Big Ten will have five representatives on the team with two players from Minnesota, along with one each from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State. The Pac 12 will have three players, including two Washington State teammates, and one each from UCLA from Colorado. The CNT-Europe Tour roster has only three players who will be collegiate seniors next year (Anderson, Capezio and McDonald).
USA Volleyball announced its CNT-China Tour roster last week and is expected announced its CNT-GJNC program roster by the end of the month.
Athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
2016 U.S. Collegiate National Team – Europe Tour
Name (Position, School, 2016 College Year, Height, Hometown)
Jordan Anderson (OH, UCLA, Sr., 6-0, Flower Mound, Texas)
Ciara Capezio (OH, Iowa State University, Sr., 6-3, Williams Bay, Wisconsin)
Alyssa Goehner (L, University of Minnesota, Jr., 5-11, Lakeville, Minnesota)
Taylor Hughes (S, Ohio State University, So., 6-1, Carroll, Ohio)
Lily Johnson (OH, Missouri State University, Jr., 5-11, Wildwood, Missouri)
Leah Levert (MB, Syracuse University, Jr., 6-2, Savannah, Georgia)
Molly Lohman (MB, University of Minnesota, Jr., 6-3, Mankato, Minnesota)
Katherine Mahlke (OPP, University of Michigan, Jr., 6-2, Downers Grove, Illinois)
Casey Schoenlein (OPP, Washington State University, Jr., 6-5, Bellevue, Washington)
Gabby Simpson (S, University of Colorado, Jr., 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colorado)
McKenna Woodford (OH, Washington State University, So., 6-4, Chandler, Arizona)