Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

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

USA Volleyball proudly announces the 12-player roster for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Thailand Tour (CNT-Thailand). This talented team of current collegiate players will train and compete in Bangkok from May 19-30.

Introducing the Team

The team comprises middles Kaz Brown (University of Kentucky, Waterloo, Iowa), Morgan Johnson (University of Texas, DeSoto, Texas), and Chiaka Ogbogu (University of Texas, Coppell, Texas). The outside hitters are Lily Johnson (Missouri State University, Wildwood, Missouri), Madison Ridgon (University of Kansas, Pflugerville, Texas), Micaya White (University of Texas, Frisco, Texas), and McKenna Woodford (Washington State University, Chandler, Arizona).

The two opposites selected for the CNT-Thailand Tour are Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani (University of Texas, Los Angeles) and Jordan Thompson (University of Cincinnati, Edina, Minnesota). The setters are Taylor Hughes (Ohio State University, Carroll, Ohio) and Taylor Nelson (Cal Poly, Granite Bay, California). The libero will be Brittany Witt (Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska). It is important to note that Ashley Dusek (University of Kentucky, East Bernard, Texas) was initially selected as the libero but chose to remove herself from consideration.

Jerritt Elliott, the Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns, will lead the CNT-Thailand team. He will be assisted by Paula Weishoff, Head Coach at Concordia University Irvine and a three-time U.S. Olympian, and Alyssa D’Errico, Assistant Coach at the University of Dayton.

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Exciting Match Schedule

The team will face off against the Thailand National Team, the Thailand U23 Team, and Bangkok Glass, the top team in the Thai professional league. Additionally, the CNT-Thailand team will play against two other teams that are yet to be confirmed. All training sessions and matches will take place at the FIVB Development Center in Bangkok, one of only four such centers in Asia.

A Talented Roster

The CNT-Thailand roster includes four players from the 2016 NCAA runner-up University of Texas Longhorns. Eight of the team members have prior experience within USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team Program. Brown, Ridgon, and Thompson were part of last year’s CNT-China Tour roster, while Hughes, Lily Johnson, and Woodford were part of the CNT-Europe Tour roster. Dusek and Nelson participated in the CNT-Indianapolis program last summer.

Selection Process

The athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts held on March 3-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

U.S. Collegiate National Team-Thailand Tour Roster

Name Position School Height College Eligibility Remaining Hometown
Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani OPP University of Texas 6-4 2 Los Angeles, California
Kaz Brown M University of Kentucky 6-4 1 Waterloo, Iowa
Taylor Hughes S Ohio State University 6-1 2 Carroll, Ohio
Lily Johnson OH Missouri State University 5-11 1 Wildwood, Missouri
Morgan Johnson M University of Texas 6-3 2 DeSoto, Texas
Taylor Nelson S Cal Poly 6-0 1 Granite Bay, California
Chiaka Ogbogu M University of Texas 6-2 1 Coppell, Texas
Madison Ridgon OH University of Kansas 6-0 1 Pflugerville, Texas
Jordan Thompson OPP University of Cincinnati 6-4 2 Edina, Minnesota
Micaya White OH University of Texas 6-1 3 Frisco, Texas
Brittany Witt L Creighton University 5-8 3 Omaha, Nebraska
McKenna Woodford OH Washington State University 6-4 2 Chandler, Arizona
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Head Coach: Jerritt Elliott (head coach at University of Texas)
Assistant Coach: Paula Weishoff (head coach at Concordia University Irvine)
Assistant Coach: Alyssa D’Errico (assistant coach at University of Dayton)

FAQs

Q: How were the athletes selected for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Thailand Tour?
A: The athletes were selected through the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts.

Q: Who will be the head coach for the CNT-Thailand team?
A: The head coach for the CNT-Thailand team is Jerritt Elliott from the University of Texas.

Q: Which teams will the CNT-Thailand team be competing against?
A: The team will play against the Thailand National Team, the Thailand U23 Team, Bangkok Glass, and two other teams yet to be confirmed.

Summary

USA Volleyball is excited to announce the roster for the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Thailand Tour. This talented group of collegiate players will be training and competing in Bangkok. Led by Head Coach Jerritt Elliott, the team will face tough competition from the Thailand National Team, Thailand U23 Team, and Bangkok Glass. The roster includes players from top universities, and their selection was based on the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts. With an experienced coaching staff and a challenging schedule, the CNT-Thailand team is ready to showcase the talent and skills of collegiate volleyball players. Don’t miss out on the exciting matches and follow us for updates and live coverage.