March 18, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. --- Juliane Piggott (Newport Beach/UCLA) has been selected to compete on the U.S. Women's National A2 team by USA Volleyball.
Piggott, one of 24 players to make the roster, earned an AVCA All-America honorable mention after posting 353 kills and was 10th in the Big West with a 3.15 kill average. The outside hitter recorded a team-high 13 solo blocks to go along with 39 block assists, finishing the season fourth in total blocks while adding 26 aces and 198 digs.
The 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 program is scheduled to train May 24-28 in Tempe, Ariz., before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships held in nearby Phoenix. The Open Division flight takes place May 29-June 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
"I was very happy with the level of the tryout held in February and, as a result, we expect that this year's A2 teams will be very strong in training and in competition at the USA Open National Championships," U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) said. "The future continues to look bright for the U.S. Women's National Team with the talent coming up through the pipeline."
"As we thought the open tryout in February was the best and deepest collection of athletes that we had seen at that event, we feel the same about this group of A2 athletes," USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor High Performance Tom Pingel said. "I'm already looking forward to watching this group in training and the Open Championships."
The players, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2010, were selected as part of the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 175 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.
In addition, USA Volleyball has announced the coaching staff for the U.S. Women's National A2 Teams. University of Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere and University of Michigan Head Coach Mark Rosen will serve as head coaches for the program, while University of Virginia Assistant Coach Jill Kramer and LSU Assistant Coach Steve Loeswick will serve as assistant coaches for the program.
2010 U.S. Women's National A2 Program Roster
Rachael Adams (Texas, MB, 2, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Michelle Bartsch (Illinois, OPP, 2, 6-3, Maryville, Ill.)
Kelsey Black (Texas A&M, OH, 2, 5-11, Amarillo, Texas)
Ellie Blankenship (Northern Iowa, L, 1, 5-10, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Alyssa Davis (Auburn, MB, 1, 6-5, Oakland Park, Fla.)
Laura DeBruler (Illinois, OH, 1, 5-10, Downers Grove, Ill.)
Kanani Danielson (Hawaii, OH, 2, 5-10, Ewa Beach, Hawaii)
Jen Doris (Texas, MB, 1, 6-5, Houston, Texas)
Whitney Dosty (Arizona, OH, 1, 6-3, Tucson, Ariz.)
Juliann Faucette (Texas, OH, 1, 6-2, San Diego, Calif.)
Lindsay Fletemier (Dayton, MB, 1, 6-6, Garden City, Mich.)
Lauren Gibbemeyer (Minnesota, MB, 1, 6-2, St. Paul, Minn.)
Laurie Gonzalez (Albany, L, 2, 5-9, Carolina, Puerto Rico)
Carli Lloyd (California-Berkeley, S, 1, 5-11, Bonsall, Calif.)
Ashley Mass (Iowa State, L, 1, 5-8, Muskego, Wis.)
Monique Mead (Georgia Tech, OPP, 3, 5-10, Newnan, Ga.)
Kelly Murphy (Florida, S, 2, 6-2, Wilmington, Ill.)
Tarah Murrey (California-Berkeley, OH, 2, 6-3, El Cerrito, Calif.)
Dominique Olowolafe (Cal Poly, MB, 1, 6-1, Lansing, Mich.)
Juliane Piggott (UC Irvine, OH, 1, 6-2, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Evan Sanders (Colorado State, S, 2, 6-0, Lafayette, Colo.)
Ali Troost (San Diego, OPP, 1, 6-1, Hemet, Calif.)
Paige Weber (Arizona, S, 1, 5-9, Indianapolis, Ind.)
Sydney Yogi (Texas, L, 2, 5-2, Honolulu)
Head Coaches: Beth Launiere (University of Utah) and Mark Rosen (University of Michigan) Assistant Coaches: Jill Kramer (University of Virginia) and Steve Loeswick (LSU)