Cole Named to U.S. Collegiate National Team Program
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Abby Cole
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April 8, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan volleyball sophomore-to-be Abby Cole (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) has been named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships from June 22-July 1 in Minneapolis, Minn., USA Volleyball announced this afternoon (Tuesday, April 8).

Cole is one of 36 athletes that 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 compete June 26-30. The program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Team.

Cole, a right side/middle blocker, played in 31 matches with 22 starts for U-M in her freshman season. She averaged 2.14 kills per set and had 96 total blocks. Cole was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 9 after having a match-high 16 kills and a .682 hitting percentage in a four-set win over Oregon State (Sept. 6). She had 16 kills in a four-set win at Northwestern (Nov. 10) and had 15 terminations in a win at Michigan State (Oct. 23). Cole had 13 double-digit kill performances and has led Michigan in blocks on seven occasions.

Among Wolverine United States representatives, Cole joins senior-to-be Lexi Dannemiller (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West), who was selected to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-China Tour, and U-M head coach Mark Rosen, who will be a co-head coach on the China Tour from June 17-27.

Athlete selections for all three U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are being determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women's National Team Open tryouts held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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)

Contact: Kent Reichert

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