May 11, 2017
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Middle blocker Claire Kieffer-Wright of the University of Michigan volleyball team has been selected to the 14-player roster for the 2017 Big Ten Volleyball Foreign Tour, the conference office announced on Wednesday (May 11). The Big Ten Volleyball Foreign Tour Team will travel to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and Austria from June 17-28, 2017.
The team is made up of one representative from each Big Ten school, and Kieffer-Wright will serve as one of four middle blockers.
In addition to competition and practice, the 14 students in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in community service initiatives, study foreign languages with local students and visit some of Europe's most historic cities, including Vienna, Austria, Maribor, Slovenia, and Venice and Milan in Italy.
A native of South Pasadena, California, Kieffer-Wright led Michigan with 124 total blocks as a junior during the 2016 season. She also led the Wolverines in blocks 20 times and finished second on the team with a 0.98 blocks-per-set average. The junior 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.
Along with freshman Cori Crocker, Kieffer-Wright was also selected to the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team Europe Tour, which will compete in the 13th Annual European Global Challenge July 11-14 in Pula, Croatia, after training and friendly matches in Europe.
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.
Communications Contact: Katie Gwinn Hewitt