April 8, 2014
Freshman Paige Tapp is one of 36 student-athletes named to the United States Collegiate National Team (CNT) program, announced today by USA Volleyball. Tapp will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis.
A 6-foot, 1-inch middle blocker, Tapp completed her freshman season in 2013. As a rookie, Tapp saw action in 21 sets and made her collegiate debut against UAB last August. Earning her first start in the Georgia State match (8/31), Tapp also competed in all three rounds of the NCAA Tournament. She saw action against Radford, Colorado and Stanford in the Sweet 16.
Tapp is the third Golden Gopher to be named to a U.S. Collegiate National Team program this year. Her sister, Hannah, was selected to compete with Team USA on its China Tour (June 17-27), while teammate Adrianna Nora will compete with USA on their European Tour (July 8-19). Athlete selections for all three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are being determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women’s National Team open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo., or based on past performances within the CNT program.
For the third consecutive year, USA Volleyball will have its U.S. Collegiate National Team program (formerly known as U.S. Women’s National A2 Team) represented at the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships. After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Former Golden Gopher head volleyball coach Mike Hebert returns to Minneapolis as one of the lead coaches for the CNT. Hebert, who coached Minnesota from 1996-2010, led the Gophers to three NCAA Final Fours and posted a 381-185 career record. In his 15-year span, Hebert led the Gophers to a Big Ten title in 2002, was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year five times and national coach of the year in 2003. He has been inducted into the AVCA and U of M Hall of Fame.
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