Sarah Livingston Added to U.S. Collegiate National Team|
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May 12, 2015
Published courtesy of USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USC women's volleyball sophomore outside hitter Sarah Livingston has been added to the USA Volleyball U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships from June 21-29 in New Orleans, La.
Livingston will also participate in the European Global Challenge as an outside hitter for a U.S. squad put together by BIP (Bring it Promotions) from July 7-18 in Prague, Maribor, Vienna, and Venice. As a freshman transfer in 2014, Livingston appeared in five matches and played in nine sets for the Trojans.
For the fourth 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.
"USA Volleyball is excited to bring these three dozen outstanding collegiate athletes together for the College National Team program in New Orleans," USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. "It's always beneficial to the development of our National Team pipeline to get this group in the gym during the summer, as well as in front of the juniors playing at the GJNC so they can see the next level of play. Over the past four years, our CNT athletes have served as outstanding role models for these younger athletes."
This CNT program includes nine middle blockers, nine outside hitters, six setters, six opposites and six liberos. The middle blockers are Alyssa Garvelink (Michigan State University, Holland, Mich.), Krystalyn Goode (University of Michigan, River Hills, Wis.), Kayla Haneline (University of Northern Iowa, Plattsmouth, Neb.), Molly Lohman (University of Minnesota, Mankato, Minn.), Kaitlyn Oliver (Boise State University, Helena, Mont.), Tyler Richardson (Ohio State University, Ypsilanti, Mich.), Jenna Rosenthal (Marquette University, Fond du Lac, Wis.), Lauren Schad (University of San Diego, Rapid City, S.D.) and Stephenee Yancy (University of Illinois-Chicago, Aroma Park, Ill.).
Opposites selected to the program are Cody Dodd (Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, Tenn.), Canace Finley (University of San Diego, Fort Collins, Colo.), Chelsey Harris (Rice University, Houston, Texas), Hayley McCorkle (University of North Carolina, Winterville, N.C.), Kelsie Payne (University of Kansas, Austin, Texas) and Taylor Treacy (University of North Carolina, Columbia, S.C.).
The selected outside hitters are Alexis Austin (University of Colorado, Houston, Texas), Kia Bright (University of Central Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.), Melanie Crow (University of Mississippi, Wildwood, Mo.), Tiana Dockery (University of Kansas, Richmond, Texas), Erin Fairs (University of Louisville, Richmond, Texas), Katie Horton (Florida State University, Westland, Mich.), Sarah Livingston (University of Southern California, Morton, Ill.), Alicia Ostrander (University of Nebraska, Gordon, Neb.) and Azariah Stahl (Purdue Univeristy, Elkhart, Ind.).
Liberos named to the program are Heather Gearhart (University of North Carolina, Chula Vista, Calif.), Morgan Heise (Southern Methodist University, Hempstead, Texas), Amie Held (University of Northern Iowa, Festus, Mo.), Amanda Neill (Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind.), Cierra Simpson (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Cassandra Strickland (University of Washington, Huntington Beach, Calif.).
The setters are Bianca Arellano (Arizona State University, Phoenix, Ariz.), Morgan Bergren (University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind.), Katie Brand (Kansas State University, Grand Island, Neb.), Nicole Edelman (University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.), Ainise Havili (University of Kansas, Fort Worth, Texas) and Gabrielle Simpson (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.). The coaching staff for the CNT-GJNC program has not yet been named.
After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three teams, which will compete in a round-robin event June 26-29. The round-robin event may include an additional team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 25-29.
Earlier this spring, the U.S. Collegiate National Team program selected rosters to compete in the World University Games and a Tour of China. In total, 60 athletes have been selected into the CNT program, which is part of the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Team.
The Women of Troy (16-16, 8-12 Pac-12) finished 10th in the conference, but were selected to the program's 24th straight NCAA tournament (32nd overall). USC defeated Coastal Carolina the first round but fell to site host No. 7 North Carolina in the second round in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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U.S. Collegiate National Team for 2015 USAV Girls' Junior National Championships