May 8, 2013
University of Minnesota outside hitter Ashley Wittman is one of 48 college volleyball players to be selected to participate in this summer’s U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program, announced May 7 by USA Volleyball. The event is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships.
The athletes were selected via the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted a record 240 participants, 33 more than the previous best mark set in 2012. Athletes selected to both the A2 program and the U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team (WJNT) could only participate in the WJNT program with the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship as the priority event.
During the six-day training period from June 25-30, the 48 athletes will be divided into four equal teams that will compete in pool play against the other A2 program teams and the top four Premier Volleyball League (PVL) teams. After pool play, the four A2 program teams and PVL teams will split into their own divisions to determine the medalist teams in the competition.
Wittman was the Gophers’ 2012 team captain. A 2012 All-America honorable mention, Wittman ranked third on the team with 357 kills to average 2.86 kills per set. A six-rotation player, Wittman led the Gopher back row with 350 digs this season to average 2.80 digs per set. Wittman is the only current Gopher to establish over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. She now has 1,355 career kills and 1,085 career digs. Serving up 15 aces, she also averaged 0.47 blocks per set.
The A2 program coaching staff will include Andy Banachowski, Mike Hebert, Ruth Nelson and Bill Neville who will serve as team head coaches. Assistant coaches with the A2 program are Ashley Allen, Terry Condon, Linda Hampton and Marci Sanders. Technical coordinators/assistant coaches for the A2 program are Kevin Hitt, Nicki Holmes, Eugene Tichenor and Jay Van Vark.
USA Volleyball contributed to the release
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