Women's Volleyball
Bartsch, DeBruler named to USA Volleyball A2 team

Michelle Bartsch will be training with the USA Volleyball A2 team for the second consecutive year.
Michelle Bartsch will be training with the USA Volleyball A2 team for the second consecutive year.

March 17, 2010

Colorado Springs, Colo. -

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Illinois sophomore Michelle Bartsch and junior Laura DeBruler are two of 24 players selected to the USA Volleyball Women's National A2 program.

The 24 athletes will train May 24-28 in Tempe Ariz., then split into two teams of 12 to compete in the 2010 USA Open National Championships at the Phoenix Convention Center May 29- June 1.

A total of 175 athletes competed in an open tryout on Feb. 19-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., with these 24 chosen for the teams from that initial pool of athletes. DeBruler and Bartsch are two of five players who were also selected in 2009.

The 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 team includes four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. This is the fourth year that Illinois has had players named to the team and the second year in a row that Illinois has had multiple representatives on the squad. Lisa Argabright (2002) and Vicki Brown (2007) are previously Illini players named to the squad joining four players in '09 - Johannah Bangert, Bartsch, DeBruler and Ashley Edinger.

Bartsch was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Honorable Mention All-America selection. The Honorable Mention All-Big Ten performer earned Big Ten and Mideast Region Freshman of the year in 2008. Bartsch has led Illinois in kills five times and ranks seventh in the Big Ten in blocks in both overall (1.08) and conference matches (1.14). She was named to the All-Tournament Team at the State Farm Illini Classic and the season-opening Bluejay Invitational.

DeBruler, a first team All-American and All-Big Ten performer ranked second in the Big Ten and 13th in the nation in both kills (4.50 per set) and points (5.00 per set) and has led Illinois in kills in all but six matches. She tallied her 34th career match with at least 20 kills vs. Dayton, which is an Illinois record. Her 1,655 career kills are just two behind Tracey Marshall for fifth on the all-time Illinois list. DeBruler earned four All-Tournament honors, including two MVPs, and was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week.