CVT Staff CollegeVolleyballTalk.com
Twelve players were invited to the USAV Women’s training block for competition to be placed on or put in consideration for placement on the US Women’s National Team.
Among the top players invited were Stanford’s Cassidy Lichtman, National Player of the Year, Carli Lloyd, and fellow 1st Team All-American, Indiana’s Ashley Benson.
Also joining the cast of players Jenna Hagglund (Washington), Lauren Gibbemeyer (Minnesota), Naomi Johnson (Northwestern), Lexi Zimmerman (Michigan), Becky Perry (Washington), Kari Pestolesi (UC-Irvine), Juliane Piggot (UCLA), Kaitlin Sather (UCLA), Kindra Carlson (Washington), and Kayla Banwarth (Nebraska).
These players will compete and train with the National Team through mid-April and be trained by the WNT staff for three months. The staff consisting of head coach, Hugh McCutcheon, and assistant coaches, Karch Kiraly and Paula Weishoff will train the squad allowing them to not only improve the games of the players, but also get a better understanding of the players’ abilities.
With six All-Americans and a National Player of the Year, the only thing missing may be a National Champion; which considering one school has won each title all but one of these players were in school for jut means one thing. While the current National Team roster does have, this training block roster does not have a single former Nittany Lion.
The University of Washington leads all schools with three former players on the roster in Hagglund, Carlson, and Perry. The Pac 10 Conference leads all conferences with seven players invited where the Big Ten comes in second with only four.
The training started last month and again will continue through mid-April. The experience should be great for both the players and the staff. CVT wishes all young women training in Colorado Springs luck over the next few months.