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USAV Names Women’s Junior National Training Team

Several players named to the 2020 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team earned gold at last year’s FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2020) – USA Volleyball proudly announces the roster for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team. This talented team consists of 21 players, including seven outside hitters, six middles, three setters, three liberos, and two opposites.

The Roster

The outside hitters are:

  • Ally Batenhorst (Katy, Texas, Houston Juniors)
  • Allison Jacobs (Stevenson Ranch, Calif., Legacy VBC)
  • Lindsay Krause (Papillion, Neb., Premier Nebraska)
  • Jordan Middleton (Gilbert, Ariz., Arizona Storm Elite)
  • Jess Mruzik (Livonia, Mich., Legacy VBC)
  • Elena Oglivie (Kapolei, Hawaii, Kuikahi VBC)
  • Katelyn Smith (Irvine, Calif., Tstreet)

The middle players selected for the team are:

  • Carter Booth (Englewood, Colo., Colorado Juniors)
  • Caroline Crawford (Lansing, Kan., MAVS KC)
  • Gabrielle Essix (Hoover, Ala., Southern Performance)
  • Anna Herrington (Orlando, Fla., OTVA)
  • Devyn Robinson (Ankeny, Iowa, Iowa Powerplex)
  • Shaylee Shore (Prosper, Texas, Skyline Juniors Dallas)

The trio of setters are:

  • Kami Miner (Redondo Beach, Calif., Mizuno Long Beach VBC)
  • Kennedi Orr (Eagan, Minn., Northern Lights)
  • Sarah White (Cranberry Township, Pa., Pittsburgh Elite)
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The liberos selected for the team are:

  • Hattie Monson (Morris, Ill., Adversity)
  • Sydney Reed (Glenelg, Md., Metro VBC of DC)
  • Lexi Rodriguez (Sterling, Ill., Club Fusion)

And finally, the WJNTT opposites are:

  • Emily Londot (Utica, Ohio, Mintonette Sports)
  • Katy Ryan (Rathdrum, Idaho, T3 VBC)

The Foundation of Success

The Women’s Junior National Training Team is built on a solid foundation of athletes who won gold at the 2019 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship. These players have now transitioned to the U20 age group. A total of 11 athletes on the roster – Booth, Crawford, Jacobs, Krause, Londot, Miner, Mruzik, Oglivie, Orr, Robinson, and Rodriguez – were part of the gold-winning team in Egypt for Team USA.

Exciting Future Plans

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the team’s plans, the NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship has been postponed. The competition, which was scheduled to take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a qualifier for the 2021 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship. Once it is rescheduled, the Team USA competition roster will be selected from this WJNTT roster.


Q: How many players are on the 2020 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team?
A: The team consists of 21 players.

Q: Which players earned gold at the 2019 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship?
A: Ally Batenhorst, Carter Booth, Caroline Crawford, Gabrielle Essix, Anna Herrington, Allison Jacobs, Lindsay Krause, Emily Londot, Jordan Middleton, Kami Miner, Hattie Monson, Jess Mruzik, Elena Oglivie, Kennedi Orr, Sydney Reed, Devyn Robinson, Lexi Rodriguez, Katy Ryan, Shaylee Shore, Katelyn Smith, and Sarah White.

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Q: Who is the head coach of the Women’s Junior National Training Team?
A: The head coach is Dan Fisher, who serves as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh.

Q: When was the U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team’s training period scheduled?
A: The training period was initially set for July 4-10 in Colorado Springs but has been canceled due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.


The 2020 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team has been named, representing the brightest talents in women’s volleyball. This impressive roster of 21 players, including outside hitters, middles, setters, liberos, and opposites, is prepared to take on the world stage. With a foundation of gold-winning athletes from the 2019 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship, the future looks promising for this talented group. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the team continues to train and prepare for future competitions. Stay tuned for more updates on their journey.

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