Mizzou's Meister, Wilson to Join Collegiate National Team

<i>Sarah Meister is excited to join the Collegiate National Team.</i>

Sarah Meister is excited to join the Collegiate National Team.

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou volleyball juniors Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) have been selected to the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team and will train and compete in Minneapolis from June 22-July 1, as announced by USA Volleyball on Tuesday (April 8). Meister and Wilson join teammates Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) on the Colligate National Team as all four Tigers that tried out made one of the teams. Little will tour Europe while Kan will tour China with USA Volleyball this summer.

"I am honestly very honored and so excited to be a part of the USA program," Meister said. "It's amazing that all four of us who tried out all made a team. I'm so grateful and beyond blessed to compete and train with some of the best volleyball players in the country."

"I honestly didn't know what to expect when I went to the tryouts, so to be selected to one of the teams and to get a chance to play aside Sarah, who has been my teammate for three years, means a lot," Wilson said. "With four of us being selected, I think it shows the type of expectations we place on ourselves at Mizzou and the amount of success that we expect to have in our program."

This CNT program includes nine middle blockers, nine outside hitters, six opposites, six setters and six liberos. The outside hitters are Breanna Atkinson (Duke University, Ashburn, Va.), Mary Helen Boyle (LSU, Eureka, Mo.), Cassie House (University of New Mexico, Rio Rancho, N.M.), Litara Keil (Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach, Calif.), Kendall Kritenbrink (University of South Dakota, Gretna, Neb.), Leah McNary (Creighton University, Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Katie Mitchell (Ohio State University, The Woodlands, Texas), McKenzie Willey (Arizona State University, Highland, Utah) and Emily Wilson (University of Missouri, Omaha, Neb.).



Middle blockers selected for the program are Mercedes Binns (Arizona State University, South Pasadena, Calif.), Kelli Browning (Creighton University, Waukesha, Wis.), Emily Miron (North Dakota State University, Wedena, Minn.), Rachel Rhoades (University of Arizona, San Diego, Calif.), Sara Rishell (UAB, Smithsburg, Md.), Hannah Schraer (University of Southern California, Arcadia, Calif.), Paige Tapp (University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn.), Dominque Thompson (University of Wisconsin, Plymouth, Minn.) and Mercedes Vaughn (Florida State University, Folcroft, Pa.).

The setters are Jianna Bonomi (University of San Diego, Huntington Beach, Calif.), Katie Brand (Kansas State University, Grand Island, Neb.), Mackenzie Dagostino (University of Florida, Tampa, Fla.), Julia Doyle (University of Oklahoma, Plymouth, Minn.), Aubrey Edie (University of Mississippi, Fayetteville, Ark.) and Sarah Wickstrom (Florida State University, Stuart, Fla.).

Opposites selected to the program are Abby Cole (University of Michigan, Grand Haven, Mich.), Hannah Deede (Western Oregon University, Silverton, Ore.), Jennifer Hamson (BYU, Lindon, Utah), Chelsey Harris (Rice University, Houston), Chantale Riddle (University of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M.) and Elise Ruddins (University of Southern California, Laguna Nigel, Calif.).

The selected liberos are Rachel Brummitt (Texas Tech, Plano, Texas), Veronica Lewis (University of Arizona, San Jose, Calif.), Delaney Clesen (University of Pittsburgh, Evanston, Ill.), Sarah Meister (University of Missouri, San Diego, Calif.), Katie Mosher (Florida State University, Fort Myers, Fla.) and Jacqueline Napper (University of Kentucky, Louisville, Ky.).

This CNT program will be instructed by lead coaches Mike Hebert and Bill Neville, who are both retired college head coaches. Both Hebert and Neville have extensive coaching experience not only at the collegiate level, but also at the international level. Neville has served as head coach for both the men's and women's U.S. National Teams as well as assistant on the U.S. Men's National Team. Hebert has contributed to the U.S. Women's National Team as an assistant coach.

Nicki Holmes, assistant women's volleyball coach at UCF, will serve as the program manager. Other program coaches are: Ashley Allen (assistant women's coach at Nicholls State University), Ray Gooden (head women's coach at Northern Illinois University), Linda Hampton-Keith (assistant women's coach at Arizona State University), Ben Lee (Arizona Storm Volleyball Club), Marci Sanders (head women's coach at University of Texas-Dallas) and Jay Van Vark (assistant women's coach at Cal State University-San Marcos)

For the third 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 again looking forward to assembling this great crop of athletes for the College National Team program in Minneapolis," USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. "It's always beneficial to the program to get this group in the gym during the summer, as well as get them in front of everyone at the GJNC."

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 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Team.

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