Alexis Olgard Named to USA Roster for NORCECA Qualifier|
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May 14, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USC All-American middle blocker Alexis Olgard was named to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team roster that is set to compete in the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament being held May 15-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Team USA is currently ranked second in the world. The Trojans' volunteer assistant coach John Xie will serve as the team manager during the qualifier.
Olgard earned Pac-12 All-Conference and AVCA Pacific South All-Region Team honors as a senior and received Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 7. Olgard's .442 hitting percentage ranked eighth in the country and atop the Pac-12. It was also the second-highest single-season hitting percentage in USC history and the fifth highest in Pac-12 history. Olgard's final career hitting percentage of .401 is second only to three-time All-American Emily Adams in USC's record books and is the third highest in conference history. Olgard finished in ninth at USC for career blocks (393) and had the school's seventh-best single-season mark with 150 blocks in 2013. Her 1.28 bps ranked fifth in the Pac-12.
Olgard is one of three middle blockers on the squad. She is joined by Chloe Ferrari (Clovis, Calif.), and Katie Slay (Raleigh, N.C.). Outside hitters selected for the tournament are Hayley Hodson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Kat Luft (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Maddie Martin (Tampa, Fla.) and Kelly Reeves (San Diego, Calif.). Opposite hitters are Kylin Munoz (Monroe, Wash.) and Bailey Webster (Baltimore, Md.), while the setters are Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) and Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.). The designated libero is Kristen Hahn (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Olgard is one of four players from the Pac-12 and is joined by Munoz (Washington), Reeves (UCLA), and Plum (Oregon).
"I'm really excited for this USA team - they put in the mindful effort during training earlier this year, and earned the right to represent our country at the World Championship Qualifier in Colorado Springs," U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly said. "During the eight weeks of the training block, the primary focus was on learning, and this group did a really strong job in that department. It will be great to see that in action with our resident coach David Hunt at the helm this week, against NORCECA zone competition."
With the exception of Hodson as a rising high school senior, the roster is comprised of athletes who completed their collegiate eligibility in the fall of 2013. All 12 players took part in the U.S. Women's Winter Training Block under the direction of Kiraly.
Hunt, an assistant men's volleyball coach at Pepperdine University and a resident coach for the U.S. Women's National Team program, will serve as the head coach of the team as Kiraly remains in Anaheim training the rest of the squad in preparation for Montreux Volley Masters (May 25-June 2) and Pan American Cup (June 10-21). Hunt recently served one season as the assistant coach for Japan's Men's National Volleyball Team. He will be assisted by Nicole Lawlor (Volleyball Pensacola) and Lindsey Devine (head coach at East Tennessee State University). Jesse Tupac (Iowa State University) will serve as the technical coordinator.
The team opens pool play on May 15 against Guatemala, followed by Panama on May 16, and Honduras on May 17. All three pool matches are scheduled for 3 p.m. MT. Medal round matches take place on May 18 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. MT. The tournament winner advances to the FIVB Women's World Championship set for Sept. 23 to Oct. 12 in Italy.
In addition to the four-team women's NORCECA World Championship qualification tournament, a similar four-team men's tournament will be held concurrently at the U.S. Olympic Training Center highlighted by the No. 4 U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team. Daily passes for both the men's and women's tournaments are $10, while event passes for all four days is $30. To order tickets, click here.
All matches will be video streamed live and available on the event landing page by clicking here.
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Head Coach: David Hunt
FIVB World Championship NORCECA Women's Qualification Tournament Schedule (all times MT)