April 26, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Freshman setter MacKenzi Welsh of the University of Michigan volleyball team has been selected to the 12-player roster for the 2017 U.S. Women's Junior National Team (WJNT-U20PAC), USA Volleyball announced recently. The squad will compete in the 2017 U20 Women's Pan American Cup being held May 8-13 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The U.S. will compete in Group A in the U20 Women's Pan American Cup with pool play matches against Argentina on May 9 and the Dominican Republic on May 10. Pool B includes Costa, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Pool C has Chile, Cuba and Peru. The quarterfinals will take place on May 11 with the third-best pool winner and the three second-place finishers. The semifinals will be on May 12 with the quarterfinal winners advancing to meet the two teams with the best record in pool play. The medal round is scheduled for May 13.
As one of just two players from the Big Ten Conference to earn a selection to the squad, Welsh will join Madison Lilley (University of Kentucky) as the team's pair of setters.
Welsh debuted for the Maize and Blue during the 2016 season as a true freshman. A native of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Welsh made an immediate impact for the Wolverines last season, starting every match at the setter position and averaging 10.61 assists per set. Welsh capped off the 2016 campaign with an AVCA All-America honorable mention, an AVCA All-North Region honorable mention, an All-Big Ten honorable mention and a selection to the All-Big Ten Freshman team. A five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Welsh recorded 13 assist-dig double-doubles on the season and finished the year with 85 kills at a .368 attack percentage. In addition to leading the team in assists, Welsh led Michigan with 31 service aces, and finished second on the team with 293 digs.
Led by an impressive offensive showing, 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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