COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2017) – The U.S. Collegiate National Team-Europe (CNT-Europe) captured the 13th European Global Challenge championship trophy by defeating an all-star team from the Mountain West Conference 25-15, 25-15, 25-13 in the gold-medal match.
Outside hitter Courtney Schwan (University of Washington, Auburn, Washington), who was named most valuable player of the European Global Challenge, led all scorers with 18 points. She turned in 14 kills on 28 attacks with just one attack error while serving four aces on 15 serves. Schwan handled 11 of her team’s 40 service receptions. Outside hitter Carlyle Nusbaum (Lipscomb University, Overland Park, Kansas), who started the final two sets, chipped in six kills on 12 attack with just one error to go with two blocks and an ace.
Outside hitter Symone Abbott (Northwestern University, Northville, Michigan) contributed five kills on seven swings and a block in coming off the bench all three sets. Opposite Taylor Mims (Washington State University, Billings, Montana), who was also named to the all-tournament team, chalked up four kills on 10 swings, one ace and one block for six points. Middle Claire Kiefer-Wright (University of Michigan, South Pasadena, California) charted two kills with a match-high three blocks.
Libero Jesse Earl (Auburn University, Indianapolis, Indiana) was 47 percent positive on 15 service receptions. Setter Kristen Gengenbacher (University of San Diego, Quincy, Illinois) set the squad to a 49 kill percent and .390 hitting efficiency (38-8-77).
The CNT-E, which had 10 of its 12 players score at least one point in the victory, held Mountain West Conference to a 23 kill percent and .012 hitting efficiency (19-18-84). CNT-E held a 10-2 margin in blocks and 8-3 advantage in aces.
CNT-E ended the tournament with a 6-0 record.
Name (Position, School, Height, College Eligibility Remaining, Hometown)
Symone Abbott (OH, Northwestern University, 6-1, 1, Northville, Michigan)
Corissa Crocker (M, University of Michigan, 6-3, 3, Brighton, Michigan)
Jesse Earl (L, Auburn University, 5-8, 1, Indianapolis, Indiana)
Kristen Gengenbacher (S, University of San Diego, 5-9, 1, Quincy, Illinois)
Claire Kiefer-Wright (M, University of Michigan, 6-1, 1, South Pasadena, California)
Taylor Mims (OPP, Washington State University, 6-3, 2, Billings, Montana)
Carlyle Nusbaum (OH, Lipscomb University, 5-10, 2, Overland Park, Kansas)
Kelsie Payne (OPP, University of Kansas, 6-3, 1, Austin, Texas)
Taira Robins-Hardy (S, Brigham Young University, 6-2, 1, Waimanalo, Hawaii)
Jenna Rosenthal (M, Marquette University, 6-6, 2, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
Courtney Schwan (OH, University of Washington, 6-1, 1, Auburn, Washington)
Jaali Winters (OH, Creighton University, 6-2, 2, Ankeny, Iowa)
Head Coach: Molly Alvey (head coach at University of Cincinnati)
Assistant Coach: Nicki Holmes (assistant coach at North Carolina State University)