Four Illini named to USA Volleyball A2 Team
March 30, 2009
Colorado Springs, Colo. -
Four Illinois players are among the 24 selected to the USA Women's National A2 program. Middle blocker Johannah Bangert, outside hitter Michelle Bartsch, outside hitter Laura DeBruler, and libero Ashley Edinger all made the team. Illinois is one of only three schools to have multiple players on the team and the only school with more than two.
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, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2009, 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.
This is the third year that Illinois has had players named to the team and the first time that more than one player will represent Illinois on the squad. Lisa Argabright (2002) and Vicki Brown (2007) are former Illini named to the team.
Capsules on Illinois players named to the team:
Johannah Bangert (Middle Blocker, Illinois, Jr., Washington, Mo.)
Michelle Bartsch (Outside Hitter, Illinois, So., Maryville, Ill.)
Laura DeBruler (Outside Hitter, Illinois, Jr., Downers Grove, Ill.)
Ashley Edinger (Libero, Illinois, Sr., Michigan City, Ind.)