Former Minnesota volleyball standout Charnette Fair has been selected as one of two players to be added to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training Team as of Apr. 10 according to an announcement by USA Volleyball. The U.S. National Training Team now includes 15 members with addition of Fair and former San Jose State outside hitter Kimberly Noble.
National Team players currently competing overseas in professional leagues will begin to return to the squad in May.
Fair competed two seasons at the University of Minnesota and finished with 329 total blocks between 1999-2000. She averaged 1.46 blpg and 2.63 kpg with the Golden Gophers and finished with a .324 hitting percentage in her career at Minnesota. In 1999, Fair recorded 175 blocks, which is still the highest single-season total in school history. She recorded two of the seven best single-season block totals in school history in her two years.
After her career at Minnesota, Fair trained with the U.S. National Team in 2001. Over the past two years, she has also competed in 14 AVP Tour events with two career-high finishes of 25th place in 2006. Fair also competed professionally this past season in Turkey to follow up previous professional stints in Spain and Finland.
Fair joins Cassie Busse and Kelly Bowman as one of three former Golden Gophers on the 15-person U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Training team. Minnesota has the most players represented on the current U.S. National Training group of any program.
Those three players are joined by former Boston College libero Allison Anderson, former Nebraska libero Dani Busboom, former California libero Jilllian Davis, former Louisville libero Sarah Drury, former Fresno State outside hitter Kristen Fenton, former Missouri setter Lindsey Hunter, former Washington libero Candace Lee, Noble, former Wisconsin middle blocker Sheila Shaw, former Washington setter Courtney Thompson, former Oklahoma middle blocker Laura Tomes and former Ohio State setter Katie Virtue.
Among the competitions the players will be vying for roster spots for are the Pan American Cup at Colima, Mexico (June 19-30), and the Pan American Games at Rio de Janeiro (July 14-19). Other confirmed competitions on the 2007 schedule include the 2007 FIVB World Grand Prix with weekend preliminary stops in Poland (Aug. 3-5), Russia (Aug. 10-12), and Macau (Aug. 17-19). The FIVB World Grand Prix finals are slated for Ningbo, China on Aug. 22-26.