Complete List of 36 Athletes Competing
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- For a second straight year, Rice volleyball right side hitter Chelsey Harris is amongst 36 athletes chosen to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program, USA Volleyball announced on Thursday.
Harris, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, was an All-C-USA Second-Team selection this past season. In 33 matches, Harris totaled 340 kills (3.09 per set) with a .300 attack percentage.
The athletes will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships from June 21-29 in New Orleans, La. The CNT program includes nine middle blockers, nine outside hitters, six setters, six opposites and six liberos.
"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."
The coaching staff for the CNT-GJNC program will be named in the coming weeks. After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 26-29. The round-robin event may include and additional team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 25-29.
Earlier this month 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.