April 8, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Katie Brand of K-State Volleyball has been selected to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program, USA Volleyball announced.
Brand is one of 36 athletes invited to USA Volleyball's 2014 U.S. Collegiate National Team that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships from June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis. The native of Grand Island, Neb. earned the selection after participating in the National Team Open Tryout in Colorado Springs, Colo. from February 21-23.
An All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection in 2013, Brand led K-State with 1,056 assists last season while also tallying 95 kills, 87 blocks, 27 aces and 169 points in 105 sets. Her kills, aces and points were the most by a K-State setter since 2007 while she was the first Big 12 freshman to average 10+ assists per set since 2010.
Brand is one of three athletes from the Big 12 selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program in June as she is joined by Rachel Brummitt (Texas Tech, libero) and Julia Doyle (Oklahoma, setter).
This is the third consecutive year that 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.
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.
Earlier this month, U.S. Collegiate National Team rosters were announced for the China Tour program and the European Tour program. A total of 60 athletes have been selected to compete as part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team program.
Brand and the Wildcats are in the midst of spring camp and will take part in the K-State Spring Tournament, held at Blue Valley West High School in Stilwell, Kan., this weekend. The first matches on Saturday, April 12 start at 9 am.
U.S. Collegiate National Team - USAV Girls' Junior National Championships
Athlete (Position, College, Hometown, College Years Remaining)
Breanna Atkinson (OH, Duke University, Ashburn, Va., 2)
Mercedes Binns (MB, Arizona State University, South Pasadena, Calif., 2)
Jianna Bonomi (S, University of San Diego, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1)
Mary Helen Boyle (OH, LSU, Eureka, Mo., 1)
Katie Brand (S, Kansas State University, Grand Island, Neb., 3)
Kelli Browning (MB, Creighton University, Waukesha, Wis., 1)
Rachel Brummitt (L, Texas Tech, Plano, Texas, 1)
Delaney Clesen (L, University of Pittsburgh, Evanston, Ill., 1)
Abby Cole (Opp, University of Michigan, Grand Haven, Mich., 3)
Mackenzie Dagostino (S, University of Florida, Tampa, Fla., 2)
Hannah Deede (Opp, Western Oregon University, Silverton, Ore., 1)
Julia Doyle (S, University of Oklahoma, Plymouth, Minn., 2)
Aubrey Edie (S, University of Mississippi, Fayetteville, Ark., 3)
Jennifer Hamson (Opp, BYU, Lindon, Utah, 1)
Chelsey Harris (Opp, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 3)
Cassie House (OH, University of New Mexico, Rio Rancho, 3)
Litara Keil (OH, Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach, Calif., 1)
Kendall Kritenbrink (OH, University of South Dakota, Gretna, Neb., 1)
Veronica Lewis (L, University of Arizona, San Jose, Calif., 1)
Leah McNary (OH, Creighton University, Tarpon Springs, Fla., 1)
Sarah Meister (L, University of Missouri, San Diego, Calif., 1)
Emily Miron (MB, North Dakota State University, Wedena, Minn., 3)
Katie Mitchell (OH, Ohio State University, The Woodlands, Texas, 2)
Katie Mosher (L, Florida State University, Fort Myers, Fla., 1)
Jacqueline Napper (L, University of Kentucky, Louisville, Ky., 1)
Rachel Rhoades (MB, University of Arizona, San Diego, Calif., 1)
Chantale Riddle (Opp, University of New Mexico, Roswell, N.M., 1)
Sara Rishell (MB, UAB, Smithsburg, Md., 1)
Elise Ruddins (Opp, University of Southern California, Laguna Nigel, Calif., 3)
Hannah Schraer (MB, University of Southern California, Arcadia, Calif., 1)
Paige Tapp (MB, University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn., 3)
Dominique Thompson (MB, University of Wisconsin, Plymouth, Minn., 1)
Mercedes Vaughn (MB, Florida State University, Folcroft, Pa., 2)
Sarah Wickstrom (S, Florida State University, Stuart, Fla., 1)
McKenzie Willey (OH, Arizona State University, Highland, Utah, 3)
Emily Wilson (OH, University of Missouri, Omaha, Neb., 1)
Lead Coaches: Mike Hebert and Bill Neville
Program Manager: Nicki Holmes (UCF women's assistant coach)
Coaches: Ashley Allen (assistant coach at Nicholls State), Ray Gooden (head coach at Northern Illinois), Linda Hampton-Keith (assistant coach at Arizona State), Ben Lee (Arizona Storm Volleyball Club), Marci Sanders (head coach at Texas-Dallas), Jay Van Vark (assistant coach at Cal State-San Marcos)