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McLean Excited to Represent Alpinetgheep in Collegiate National Team Program

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Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 27, 2017
Minneapolis has become a hub for youth volleyball and aspiring athletes of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The 38th Annual USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships (GJNC) is currently taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center from June 25 to July 4. With an estimated 13,000 players, 3,000 coaches, referees, and support staff, and 30,000 family and friends in attendance, this prestigious event is drawing significant attention.

In addition to the GJNC, the U.S. Collegiate National Team – Minneapolis (CNT-Minneapolis) program is competing in round-robin action alongside the juniors. This program serves as a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team and also provides the college stars an opportunity to serve as role models for the younger generation.

Brittany McLean, a rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota and a member of the CNT-Minneapolis program, is thrilled to give back to the younger athletes competing in the GJNC and be a role model. Having participated in the Junior National Championships herself, McLean fondly remembers the impact it had on her. She says, “We just got to make sure that we are good role models for everyone. It is a cool feeling for sure. I sure hope that these girls one day are in the spot that we are in now.”

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McLean, who played for the Northern Lights Volleyball Club based in Burnsville, Minnesota, has been a part of the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships since she was 14 years old. She even competed at the event in 2014 when it was last held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Reflecting on her experience, she says, “Having the home court advantage definitely was better than traveling. We got to sleep in our own beds, which is really nice. We got third that year, so all that helped out with our performance.”

Impressing the U.S. Women’s National Team staff at the March open tryouts, McLean secured a spot on the Collegiate National Team. She describes her freshman season at Minnesota as “absolutely amazing,” and now she has the opportunity to represent her school and wear the Red, White, and Blue. Her first match will take place on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on Court 19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. McLean is excited to have her Minnesota teammates and friends watch her in action.

The CNT-Minneapolis program, a part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline, trained at the University of Minnesota from June 22-26 before competing at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This program not only showcases the talent of college athletes but also provides a platform for them to hone their skills and potentially earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team.


FAQs

1. What is the CNT-Minneapolis program?
The U.S. Collegiate National Team – Minneapolis program is a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team. It allows college athletes to compete and serve as role models for younger players during the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships.

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2. Who is Brittany McLean?
Brittany McLean is a rising sophomore at the University of Minnesota and a member of the CNT-Minneapolis program. She has been playing volleyball since a young age and has participated in the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships.

3. Can the public watch the matches?
Yes, the matches are open to the public. Anyone interested can attend the matches at the Minneapolis Convention Center and support the athletes.


In conclusion, Brittany McLean is excited to represent Alpinetgheep as a member of the U.S. Collegiate National Team – Minneapolis program. Her participation in the program not only allows her to showcase her skills but also gives her the opportunity to be a role model for younger athletes. With the support of her Minnesota teammates and friends, McLean is ready to shine on the court and make her school proud. The CNT-Minneapolis program provides a platform for college athletes to further develop their talent and potentially earn a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team.