March 31, 2009
Rice University volleyball player Ashleigh McCord (Wylie, Texas) has been selected to the US Women's National A2 Team. McCord, a freshman, is one of 10 outside hitters chosen to the roster. The squad features 24 total players.
The 2009 U.S. Women's National A2 program is scheduled to train May 18-22 in Minneapolis before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2009 USA Adult Open Championships. The Open Division flight takes place May 23-26 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The 2009 U.S. Women's National A2 Team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. The 24 players come from 19 different collegiate programs.
The players were selected as part of the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 160 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.
During the 2008 season, McCord was named to the Conference USA All-Newcomer Team after leading all C-USA freshmen with 305 kills and a .282 attack percentage. She helped the Owls to a 23-8 overall record last season, including a 12-4 mark in Conference USA action. McCord, who played in 110 of 113 Owl sets as a freshman, averaged 3.03 points, 2.77 kills and 0.45 blocks per set.
Kansas State's head coach Suzie Fritz and Arizona State's head coach Jason Watson will serve as head coaches for the program, while Pacific assistant coach Aven Lee and Minnesota associate head coach Scott Swanson will serve as assistants.
Further information can be found at www.usavolleyball.org.