Former Minnesota volleyball standout Kelly Bowman (Maple Grove, Minn.) has been selected as one of six players added to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Team according to an announcement by USA Volleyball on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The U.S. National Training Team will start workouts on Jan. 16, 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Col.
Bowman joins former Washington setter Courtney Thompson, former Colorado setter Ashley Nu’u, former Boston College libero Allison Anderson, former California libero Jillian Davis and former Fresno State outside hitter Kristen Fenton-Michaelis as additions to the training team. She also joins Lindsey Berg, Nicole Branagh, Cassie Busse and Stephanie Hagen on a list of Golden Gopher players that have either competed or trained with the U.S. National Program.
This past year, Bowman helped lead Minnesota to its third NCAA Regional Final in the past four years, and to a final No. 6 national ranking. Bowman was part of a group of four-year letterwinners that became the first Golden Gopher seniors to participate in three NCAA Regional Finals during their respective careers.
Bowman is a two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection garnering honors in 2004 and 2006. She is also one of just four Golden Gophers to receive First-Team AVCA All-American honors, claiming them in 2004. Bowman helped lead the Golden Gophers to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2003 and 2004, including a National Championship appearance in 2004.
She finished her career eighth on Minnesota’s all-time digs list at 1,089, and was one of only 14 Golden Gophers to reach 1,000 career digs. Bowman also finished seventh on the school’s all-time assist list.
Bowman, who played exclusively at opposite hitter this past year, will also cross-train as a setter and libero with the national team.