Little joins teammate Carly Kan on the Collegiate National Team.
March 17, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou volleyball All-American Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) has been selected to the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team's tour of Europe, as announced by USA Volleyball on Monday (March 17). Little is the second Tiger to earn a spot with the Collegiate National Team as fellow All-American Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) was selected to the Tour of China earlier this month. Little, a two-time All-SEC pick and an AVCA honorable mention All-American, is one of 12 players selected to the team and one of three middle blockers. The team will tour Europe July 8-19.
"I am really excited about this," Little said. "When I went into the tryouts a few weeks back, I didn't know what to expect. But now I have a chance to represent my country overseas and that is a huge honor. I got the chance to play in Italy in 2012 with Katie (O'Brien) so I am excited to have another opportunity again this summer. And for our program to have two people qualify for the Collegiate National Team is really cool and I hope Carly has a great experience in China."
The European roster includes setters Katie George (University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.) and Val Nichol (Purdue University, Normal, Ill.). The opposites are Alex Holston (University of Florida, Olney, Md.) and Adrianna Nora (University of Minnesota, Stillwater, Minn.). Selected outside hitters are Breeann David (Texas Tech, Denver City, Texas), Kelly Lamberti (Ohio University, Cary, Ill.) and Gabby Mallette (University of Florida, Orange Park, Fla.). Middle blockers are Simone Antwi (University of Florida, Fairfax Station, Va.) and Kiara Wright (University of Southern California, Houston). The liberos are Taylor Morey (University of Wisconsin, Muncie, Ind.) and Caroline Niedospial (Northwestern University, Chicago).
UCLA Head Coach Mike Sealy will serve as the head coach of the team. He will be assisted by Jenny Glenn, associate head coach at University of Northern Colorado, and Kyle Robinson, head coach at Long Island University.
The players will depart July 8 with the first destination Venice, Italy, followed by a four-day training camp in Maribor, Slovenia. The squad will train and have friendly scrimmages with Slovenia's national team and Under-20 national team, along with other countries' Under-20 national teams. The U.S. will travel to Pula, Croatia, to compete in the Global Challenge July 13-18. The tour is being organized in conjunction with Bring It Promotions.
This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Athlete selections for all three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are being determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women's National Team open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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