Monday, 27 May 2024

USAV Names 19 Players to Pan Am Training Roster

The U.S. Women’s National Team has recently announced the 19 athletes who will be participating in the training and selection process for a spot on the Pan American Cup roster. This highly anticipated event is scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 11 in the Dominican Republic.

In order to focus their efforts on the World Grand Prix, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly has appointed University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dan Fisher to lead the Pan American Cup squad. Fisher has proven his expertise in this role before, having led the U.S. to victory and the gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games, where they triumphed over Brazil in the championship match.

Joining Fisher on the Pan American Cup coaching staff are assistant coach Heather Olmstead from BYU Women’s team, team leader/assistant coach Jon Newman-Gonchar from the University of Arkansas, and scout coach Tristan Johnson from Arkansas State University.

The final roster for the Pan American Cup competition will be announced in late June.

U.S. Women’s Training Roster for Pan American Cup

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The following players have been selected for the U.S. Women’s Training Roster for the Pan American Cup:

Name Position Height Hometown College
Inky Ajanaku M 6-3 Tulsa, Oklahoma Stanford University
Rhamat Alhassan M 6-4 Glenarden, Maryland University of Florida
Lauren Carlini S 6-2 West Aurora, Illinois University of Wisconsin
Megan Courtney OH 6-1 Dayton, Ohio Penn State
Lexi Dannemiller S 5-11 West Chester, Ohio University of Michigan
Haley Eckerman OPP 6-3 Waterloo, Iowa University of Texas
Micha Hancock S 5-11 Edmond, Oklahoma Penn State
Alex Holston OPP 6-1 Olney, Maryland University of Florida
Brittany Howard OH 6-3 Los Altos, California Stanford University
Madi Kingdon OH 6-1 Phoenix, Arizona University of Arizona
Caitlin Nolan L 5-8 Southlake, Texas Iowa State University
Kelsie Payne M 6-3 Austin, Texas University of Kansas
Taylor Sandbothe M 6-2 Lee’s Summit, Missouri Ohio State University
Taylor Simpson OH 6-3 Colorado Springs, Colorado University of Colorado
Lianna Sybeldon M 6-1 Folsom, California University of Washington
Nikki Taylor OPP 6-3 Honolulu, Hawaii University of Hawaii
Cassie Wait L 5-8 Gardner, Kansas University of Kansas
Nicole Walch OH 6-2 Stuart, Florida Florida State University
Justine Wong-Orantes L 5-6 Cypress, California University of Nebraska
  • Head Coach: Dan Fisher (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Assistant Coach: Heather Olmstead (BYU)
  • Assistant Coach/Team Leader: Jon Newman-Gonchar (University of Arkansas)
  • Scout: Tristan Johnson (Arkansas State University)
  • Athletic Trainer: Peter Higbie


Q: What is the Pan American Cup?
A: The Pan American Cup is a highly competitive volleyball tournament where national teams from North, Central, and South America come together to compete for the title.

Q: How is the Pan American Cup different from the World Grand Prix?
A: While the World Grand Prix showcases teams from all over the world, the Pan American Cup focuses specifically on teams from the Americas.

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Q: Can players from the Pan American Cup roster also participate in the World Grand Prix?
A: No, due to scheduling conflicts, the U.S. Women’s National Team has decided to prioritize the World Grand Prix and has selected a separate roster for that event.

Q: When will the final Pan American Cup competition roster be announced?
A: The final roster for the Pan American Cup competition will be announced in late June.


The U.S. Women’s National Team has revealed the 19 players who will be vying for a spot on the Pan American Cup roster. Led by Head Coach Dan Fisher, these athletes will undergo intense training and competition in their quest to represent their country in the upcoming tournament. The Pan American Cup is known for its high level of play, and the U.S. team is determined to build upon their success in the past. The final roster will be announced in late June, and fans are eagerly anticipating the start of the competition. Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to support the U.S. Women’s National Team as they strive for victory!