Brand Selected to CNT-China Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Rising senior Katie Brand was named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT-China) 12-player roster that will tour China this summer, USA Volleyball announced.

A two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Honorable Mention, Brand is one of three setters on the team that will train and compete in a series of matches from June 18-July 1. The team, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline, will have a short training period June 18-19 in Los Angeles before heading to Shanghai from June 21-23 followed by Nanjing from June 23-26 and Beijing June 26-July 1.

Brand, who has participated in the CNT program each of the last two summers at the Girls National Junior Championships (GJNC), was selected to the CNT-China team after taking part in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held February 19-21 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection has helped K-State reach the NCAA Tournament in the last two seasons thanks to 3,518 career assists and 51 career double-doubles , marks that are top-10 in Wildcat history (sixth and third, respectively). She is slated to enter the 2016 season as the Big 12’s active leader in career assists.

Brand is one of three Big 12 players on the CNT-China squad as KU’s setter Ainise Havili and outside hitter Madison Rigdon were also selected. The Pac-12 led all conferences with four athletes.

The native of Grand Island, Nebraska is also one of two players who will be seniors in 2016. She is joined by Abby Cole of the University of Michigan.

The CNT-China team is one of three teams that will be formed out of the open tryouts. The CNT-Europe roster is scheduled to be announced the week of March 21 while the CNT-GNJC program roster is expected to be announced by the end of the month. In addition to Brand, the four other Wildcats that took part in this year’s national team open tryouts include seniors Kersten Kober and Brooke Sassin, junior Bryna Vogel and sophomore Macy Flowers.

Brand and the rest of the K-State volleyball team is currently in the midst of its spring training. The Wildcats are set to play in their first of four spring scrimmage dates on April 2 against Illinois in Kirksville, Missouri.

For the complete CNT-China roster, click here.