Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Twenty-eight to Train with Women’s Collegiate National Team

Twenty-eight talented volleyball players from 15 different universities have been selected to train with the USA Volleyball Women’s Collegiate National Team. This prestigious opportunity will take place in Anaheim, Calif., from June 13-18, 2021. The players, chosen by the U.S. Women’s National Team staff and National Team Development Program (NTDP), will have the chance to work with top volleyball coaches at USAV’s Anaheim training center. During this training, athletes will receive valuable evaluations, feedback, and individual development plans that align with the expectations of the U.S. Women’s National Team’s coaches and staff.

Building Future Stars of Women’s National Team

Head Coach Chris McGown of Gold Medal Squared expressed his excitement about the exceptional talent selected for the Collegiate National Team. He believes that this group represents some of the finest volleyball players in the world at this age level. McGown, along with the highly skilled coaching staff, is dedicated to refining the skills of these athletes and further integrating them into the USA Volleyball systems. He considers it a privilege to be a part of the journey of these future stars of the Women’s National Team.

The Chosen Players

The following players have been chosen to participate in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team:

  • Anota Adekunle (MB, Rice Univ., Lone Star)
  • Brionne Butler (MB, Univ. of Texas, Lone Star)
  • T’ara Caesar (OH, Univ. of Florida, Florida)
  • Tori Dilfer (S, Univ. of Louisville, Pioneer)
  • Dani Drews (OH, Univ. of Utah, Intermountain)
  • Logan Eggleston (OH, Univ. of Texas, Lone Star)
  • Skylar Fields (OPP, Univ, of Texas, Lone Star)
  • Zoe Fleck (L, UCLA, Southern California)
  • Marin Grote (MB, Univ. of Washington, Puget Sound)
  • Kaitlyn Hord (MB, Penn State Univ., Keystone)
  • CC McGraw (L, Univ. of Minnesota, North Country)
  • Brooke Nuneviller (L, Univ. of Oregon, Columbia Empire)
  • Thayer Hall (OH, Univ. of Florida, Florida)
  • Kayla Lund (OH, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Keystone)
  • Mac May (OH, UCLA, Southern California)
  • Marlie Monserez (S, Univ. of Florida, Florida)
  • Ella May Powell (S, Univ. of Washington, Puget Sound)
  • Yossi Pressley (OPP, Baylor Univ., Lone Star)
  • Dana Rettke (MB, Univ. of Wisconsin, Badger)
  • Devyn Robinson (OPP, Univ. of Wisconsin, Badger)
  • Jess Robinson (MB, Univ. of Michigan, Lakeshore)
  • Stephanie Samedy (OPP, Univ. of Minnesota, North Country)
  • Lauren Sanders (MB, Univ. of Washington, Puget Sound)
  • Shannon Scully (L, TBD, Southern California)
  • Melani Shaffmaster (S, Univ. of Minnesota, North Country)
  • Madi Skinner (OPP, Univ. of Kentucky, Pioneer)
  • Anna Stevenson (MB, Univ. of Louisville, Pioneer)
  • Alli Stumler (OH, Univ. of Kentucky, Pioneer)
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Coaching and Support Staff

The coaching and support staff who will be working with the Collegiate National Team during this training include:

  • Head Coach: Chris McGown (Gold Medal Squared)
  • Assistant Coach: Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Athletes Unlimited)
  • Assistant Coach: Rob Browning (Saint Mary’s Univ.)
  • Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman (USA Volleyball)
  • Tech: Brian Hurler (Stanford Univ.)
  • Team Leader: Meredith Lee (USAV NTDP)
  • Team Leader: Todd Faulds (USAV NTDP)
  • Athletic Trainer: Wyatt Blue


Q: What is the purpose of the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team?
A: The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team provides a valuable opportunity for top volleyball players from different universities to train together and receive guidance from experienced coaches. It is a stepping stone towards potential future inclusion in the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Q: How are the players selected for the Collegiate National Team?
A: The players are selected by the U.S. Women’s National Team staff and National Team Development Program (NTDP) based on their skills, potential, and performance in their respective universities.

Q: What are the benefits for the athletes participating in this training?
A: Athletes will have the chance to train with top volleyball coaches, receive evaluations and feedback, and develop individualized plans for their further improvement. They will also get a taste of the USA Volleyball system and potentially move closer to their aspirations of representing the Women’s National Team in the future.


Being chosen to train with the USA Volleyball Women’s Collegiate National Team is a significant achievement for these talented volleyball players. This experience will not only further develop their skills but also provide them with valuable exposure to high-level coaching and the USA Volleyball system. The dedication and hard work of these players, along with the guidance of the coaching staff, will contribute to their growth and progress in the world of volleyball. We wish them all the best in their training and future endeavors.

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