Wednesday, 29 May 2024

U.S. Collegiate National Team-China Tour Roster Named

USA Volleyball is excited to unveil the roster for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team China Tour (CNT-China). This talented group of 12 collegiate players will train and compete in China from May 20-31.

Introducing the Roster

The CNT-China squad is composed of accomplished athletes from various universities across the United States. The team consists of:

  • Middles: Rachael Kramer (University of Florida, Phoenix, Arizona), Dana Rettke (University of Wisconsin, Riverside, Illinois), and Jenna Rosenthal (Marquette University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin).
  • Outside Hitters: T’ara Ceasar (University of Georgia, Panama City, Florida), Thayer Hall (University of Florida, Moore, South Carolina), Taryn Kloth (Creighton University, Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Carlyle Nusbaum (Lipscomb University, Overland Park, Kansas).
  • Opposites: Rebecca Latham and Stephanie Samedy (University of Minnesota, Clermont, Florida).
  • Setters: Madison Lilley (University of Kentucky, Overland Park, Kansas) and Julia Patterson (University of Arizona, Los Alamitos, California).
  • Libero: Molly Sauer (University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky).

Chris Tamas, head coach of the University of Illinois women’s volleyball team, will be the head coach for the CNT-China Tour.

Exceptional Coaching Staff

Assisting Coach Tamas are Joe Trinsey and Natalie Morgan as assistant coaches. Trinsey, known for his role as technical coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Team that won bronze in the 2016 Olympic Games, brings invaluable expertise to the team. Morgan, an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University, adds her wealth of knowledge to the coaching staff. Jessica Rae Aschenbrenner, the director of volleyball operations at the University of Denver, will serve as the CNT-China Tour technical coordinator. Erin Leaser, from Bring It Promotions, will be the head of delegation.

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A Team with Experience

A quarter of the CNT-China roster were part of the U.S. Collegiate National Team program last year. Notably, Nusbaum and Rosenthal were part of the 2017 CNT-Thailand Tour roster, and Kloth was a member of the 2017 CNT-Minneapolis roster. Rosenthal has made her third CNT team, having been part of the 2016 CNT-China Tour roster.

Proven Performers

The CNT-China roster showcases several athletes who have already represented the United States in international competitions. Hall, Kramer, and Sauer have all played at the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championships, while Lilley was a member of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team and participated in the 2017 Women’s U20 Pan Am Cup alongside Hall. Samedy represented the U.S. at the 2016 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship.

Exciting Additions

These talented athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts, held in March at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


What is the purpose of the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team China Tour?

The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team China Tour aims to provide current collegiate players with valuable training and competitive opportunities in an international setting. This tour helps players develop their skills and prepares them for potential post-collegiate careers, including the possibility of representing the U.S. Women’s National Team.

What are some notable achievements of the players on the CNT-China roster?

Many players on the CNT-China roster have already achieved significant milestones in their volleyball careers. Some highlights include playing at international tournaments such as the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championships and representing the United States in various competitions.

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How were the athletes selected for the CNT-China Tour?

The athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts, a rigorous process held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The tryouts evaluated the skills and potential of the participants, ensuring that the chosen athletes were the best fit for the CNT-China Tour.


The U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team-China Tour roster has been announced, featuring a talented group of collegiate players who will train and compete in China. These athletes, led by head coach Chris Tamas, have been carefully selected based on their skills and potential. The CNT-China Tour provides a valuable opportunity for these players to enhance their abilities and gain international experience. With a combination of exceptional coaching and a roster filled with accomplished athletes, this team is well-prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the CNT-China Tour and cheer on these rising stars of women’s volleyball. To learn more about the CNT-China Tour and support the team, visit