Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Women’s National Team to Take on NORCECA Continental Championship Field

Fourteen athletes from the USA Volleyball team will be representing the country at the upcoming 2021 Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. This highly anticipated event will take place from August 26th to August 31st.

Introducing the Team

The team consists of talented athletes in various positions:

  • Outside Hitters: Kara Bajema, Ali Frantti, Micaya White, Lindsay Stalzer
  • Middle Blockers: Ali Bastianelli, Cori Crocker, Madeleine Gates, Rachael Kramer
  • Opposites: Danielle Cuttino, Roni Jones-Perry
  • Setters: Ashley Evans, Jenna Gray
  • Liberos: Tiffany Clark, Kendall White

An Exciting Opportunity

Head Coach Joe Trinsey expressed his excitement about the opportunity for these athletes to represent the USA. For many of them, it will be their first time wearing a USA jersey at this level. They are eager to showcase their skills and make the country proud, especially after the outstanding performance in the recent Olympics.

Previous Experience

Three of the athletes have previously played for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Danielle Cuttino, who will captain the U.S. team in Guadalajara, has already won gold at the 2019 Pan American Cup and represented the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games. Ashley Evans and Roni Jones-Perry were part of the squad that won the 2019 NORCECA Champions Cup.

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Experience and Achievements

Aside from their national team experience, Cuttino, Tiffany Clark, and Rachael Kramer have also been part of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team. Cuttino competed in the 2014 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship, while Clark and Kramer won gold at the 2017 Pan American Cup. In additional accomplishments, Clark, Cori Crocker, Lindsay Stalzer, and Ali Bastianelli have all competed in the United States with Athletes Unlimited.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Joe Trinsey, who previously served as the national team’s technical coordinator from 2012 to 2016, will be leading the team. He will be assisted by Michelle Chatman and Cullen Irons.

Tournament Details

The United States will be competing in Group A alongside Puerto Rico and Canada. Group B consists of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago. The pool play will run from August 26th to August 28th, followed by the knockout stage from August 29th to August 31st.

Impressive Track Record

The U.S. Women’s National Team holds a confederation-leading 23 medals at the Continental Championship, with eight gold medals to their name.

NORCECA Continental Championship Roster

  1. Kara Bajema (OH, 6-3, Lynden, Wash.)
  2. Tiffany Clark (L, 5-11, Naperville, Ill.)
  3. Madeleine Gates (MB, 6-3, San Diego, Calif.)
  4. Cori Crocker (MB, 6-3, Brighton, Mich.)
  5. Jenna Gray (S, 6-1, Shawnee, Kan.)
  6. Micaya White (OH, 6-1, Frisco, Texas)
  7. Ashley Evans (S, 6-1, Liberty Township, Ohio)
  8. Rachael Kramer (MB, 6-10, Phoenix, Ariz.)
  9. Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind.)
  10. Lindsay Stalzer (OH, 6-1, Kewanee, Ill.)
  11. Ali Bastianelli (MB, 6-3, Marysville, Mich.)
  12. Roni Jones-Perry (OPP, 5-11, West Jordan, Utah)
  13. Danielle Cuttino (OPP, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind.)
  14. Ali Frantti (OH, 6-3, Spring Grove, Ill.)
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Head Coach: Joe Trinsey
Assistant Coach: Michelle Chatman
Assistant Coach: Cullen Irons
Physiotherapist: Misao Tanioka
Technical Coordinator: Michael Gee
Team Manager: John Xie

NORCECA Continental Championship Schedule

  • August 26: vs. Puerto Rico, 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT
  • August 27: vs. Canada, 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT
  • August 29: Quarterfinals (2nd A vs. 3rd B, 3rd B vs. 2nd A), TBD
  • August 30: Semifinals, TBD
  • August 31: Medal Matches, TBD

FAQs

Q: What is the 2021 Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship?
This championship is a highly anticipated volleyball event where teams from North, Central America, and the Caribbean compete for the title.

Q: How many athletes are representing the USA Volleyball team?
Fourteen athletes have been chosen to represent the USA at the 2021 Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship.

Q: Who is the head coach of the USA Volleyball team?
Joe Trinsey is the head coach of the USA Volleyball team for the 2021 Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship.

Q: Have any of the athletes played for the U.S. Women’s National Team before?
Yes, three athletes have previously played for the U.S. Women’s National Team: Danielle Cuttino, Ashley Evans, and Roni Jones-Perry.

Summary

The Women’s National Team is gearing up to participate in the 2021 Women’s NORCECA Continental Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. Fourteen skilled athletes have been selected to represent the USA, with each player bringing their unique talents to the team. Head Coach Joe Trinsey and his coaching staff are excited about the opportunity to showcase their skills at this highly competitive event. With previous experience and an impressive track record, the team is well-prepared and determined to achieve success. Volleyball enthusiasts can look forward to watching the USA team compete against other top teams in the region.

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