April 13, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Middle blockers Cori Crocker and Claire Kieffer-Wright of the University of Michigan volleyball team have been selected to the 11-player roster for the 2017 U.S. Collegiate National Team Europe Tour, USA Volleyball announced this past week. They are the only players from the Big Ten Conference to earn the prestigious appointment.
The CNT-Europe squad, one of three teams within the U.S. Collegiate National Team program, will compete in the 13th Annual European Global Challenge July 11-14 in Pula, Croatia, after training and friendly matches in Europe. Prior to the Global Challenge, the CNT-Europe squad will tentatively train in Maribor, Slovenia, with friendly matches vs. various National Teams.
As the only players from the Big Ten Conference to earn the selection, Crocker and Kieffer-Wright will join Jenna Rosenthal (Marquette University) to take on the team's middle blocking responsibilities.
Crocker played her first season with the Maize and Blue in 2016 after redshirting as a true freshman. A native of Brighton, Michigan, Crocker made an immediate impact from the middle blocker position and finished the season with 106 total blocks. She led the Wolverines with 1.09 blocks per set and finished tied for second on the squad with 94 block assists. The redshirt freshman registered a career-high eight blocks in Michigan's first Big Ten victory of the season, a 3-1 win over Iowa (Sep. 24). Offensively, Crocker finished the season with 91 kills at a .292 attack percentage and totaled a career-high 10 kills against Tennessee State (Sep. 3).
A native of South Pasadena, California, Kieffer-Wright led Michigan with 124 total blocks as a junior during the 2016 campaign. She led the Wolverines in blocks 20 times and finished second on the team with a 0.98 blocks-per-set average. The junior also served as a huge piece of Michigan's offense, leading the team in kills seven times and recording double-digit kills in 11 straight matches to end the season. She finished second on the team with a .297 attack average and was named to the Michigan Invitational and Michigan/EMU Challenge All-Tournament teams.
Michigan made its 16th trip to the NCAA Tournament during the 2016 season and went on to earn its sixth NCAA Tournament regional semifinal appearance and the highest NCAA Tournament seed in program history.
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