March 26, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (usavolleyball.org) – For the second consecutive year, Rachel Krabacher has been selected by USA Volleyball as one of 48 athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining to participate in this summer’s U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program.
The 48 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program players hail from 34 different collegiate programs. The A2 program includes eight liberos, 12 middle blockers, 14 outside hitters, six opposites and eight setters.
Krabacher, a 2011 AVCA honorable mention All-American outside hitter, is one of seven players returning to the program from 2011. Joining Krabacher as repeat selections are Kelli Fiegen (South Dakota State), Natalie Hagglund (Southern Cal), Madison Kingdon (Arizona), Alexis Mathews (Michigan State), Gwen Rucker (Louisville) and Ariel Turner (Purdue).
In addition to AVCA All-America honors during her junior year, Krabacher was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in kills per set and points per set all season. Nationally, the Cincinnati native ranked 16th in kills per set and 19th in points per set. Dayton won its third consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles while appearing the NCAA Championship for the fifth consecutive season.
It is the fourth consecutive season that a Dayton student-athlete has participated in the A2 Program. Three-time All-American Lindsay Fletemier competed with the program in 2009 and 2010. Head Coach Kelly Sheffield was a coach for last season’s A2 Program in Dallas.
Training begins June 26 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, while the matches will be held June 30 to July 4 during the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. During the pre-tournament training session, the 48 athletes will be divided into four teams of 12 players that will play one match per day during the GJNC. All matches will be A2 competing against each other in a round-robin format followed by a semifinal and final round.
The 2012 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team program was selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 10-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. A record 207 athletes participated in the tryout. Athletes in college and with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2012 collegiate season not selected to join the U.S. Women’s National Team were eligible for the U.S. Women’s A2 program.
Coaches selected for the 2012 U.S. Women’s National A2 Team Program are Northwestern University’s Keylor Chan, San Diego State University’s Deitre Collins-Parker, Georgia Tech’s Tanya Johnson, Pepperdine University’s Nina Matthies and Cal State Northridge’s Jeff Stork. One additional coaching position will be filled at a later date.
In addition to the new competition format, the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program expanded from 36 players to 48 players in 2012.