Quartet Headed to Compete in U.S. Women's Open Tryouts
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Feb. 18, 2013

USA Volleyball Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park), sophomore Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and freshman Tiffany Morales (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) will try out for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program, Feb. 20-22, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Incoming freshman Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) will also participate in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's Junior program, while U-M assistant coach Erin Virtue is one of the court coaches on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Tryout staff.

Erwin, who was an AVCA All-America honorable mention and named to the Division I Volleyball Championships all-tournament team in 2012, started all 39 games on the outside her junior year. The Berkeley Regional Most Valuable Player set single-season school records in kills (614) and attack attempts (1,701), had 17 double-doubles and had at least 10 kills on 34 occasions. Erwin recorded 26 kills on a school-record 87 attack attempts in the national semifinal match against Texas (Dec. 13) and put down a career-high 29 kills in the five-set win over Virginia Tech (Aug. 25).

Dannemiller, an All-Berkeley Regional selection and two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week, started 38 matches for the Maize and Blue in 2012. She recorded 15 double-doubles, including a 52-assist, 11-dig performance against Texas in the national semifinal match (Dec. 13). Dannemiller's 1,622 assists as a sophomore ranks her third on U-M's single-season list. She had 59 assists and four service aces in the regional final win over Stanford (Dec. 8) and had a season-high 64 assists in a five-set win over No. 4 Nebraska (Nov. 2). Dannemiller competed in the A2 program last summer, helping the USA White team to a gold medal.

Morales, a unanimous selection to the Big Ten's All-Freshman team, appeared in all 39 matches for the Wolverines in 2012. She led Michigan in digs in 34 of 39 contests and had a team-high 559 digs on the season. In the four-set win over Stanford on Dec. 8, Morales had 22 digs to help Michigan advance to the national semifinals. She had a career-high 27 digs in the five-set win over Arkansas (Sept. 1) and was named both the Big Ten Defensive and Freshman of the Week on Oct. 1.

Cole, who recently was named to Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 list of high school seniors, was the runner-up for Michigan's Miss Volleyball and was named to the Under Armour All-America second team as a senior at Grand Haven High School in Grand Haven, Mich. Cole, who also earned first team all-state, all-conference, all-area and all-region honors, was named the No. 3 Senior Ace by Prepvolleyball.com and was a top-50 junior recruit. She also helped the Buccaneers to a state semifinal berth in 2012.

The U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 program is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season. This program is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4. A projected 48 athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will include training and competing at the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) from July 1-4. These athletes may also be invited to participate with the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team.

The U.S. Women's Junior Program is available for athletes born in either 1994 or 1995. The U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Junior World Championship June 21-30 at Brno, Czech Republic. In addition the U.S. Women's Junior A1 National Training Team will compete I the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and the U.S. Women's Junior A1 International Training Team will compete in the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. High school age athletes eligible for the U.S. Women's Junior Program can also attend USA Volleyball High Performance tryouts around the country.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423

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