March 23, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. -
Pepperdine junior outside hitter Julie Rubenstein was selected as one of 20 players to participate in the U.S. Women's National Volleyball A2 program in late spring.
The 20 players, all with remaining collegiate eligibility, will be split into two 10-member squads during training sessions prior to competing in the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships May 26-June 2 in
"We are very pleased to able to field two teams of such a high caliber at the U.S. Open Championships," said USA Volleyball Managing Director of High Performance Tom Pingel. "This is a direct reflection on the level of athletes that attended the tryouts this past winter. Not only is the USA Volleyball staff looking forward to seeing this up-and-coming group of athletes train and compete in
USA Volleyball held open tryouts Dec. 16-17, 2006, at
Name (Year, Position, College, Hometown)
Tatum Ailes (Jr.,
Sydney Anderson (Fr., Setter,
Kylie Atherstone (So., Opposite, Cal Poly,
Vicki Brown (Jr., Middle Blocker,
Anna Cmaylo (Jr., Middle Blocker, Santa Clara,
Jamie Houston (So., Outside Hitter,
Crystal Hudson (Jr., Middle Blocker,
Alyson Jennings (Jr.,
Katie Johnson (Jr., Outside Hitter,
Jessy Jones (Jr., Middle Blocker,
Erica Lott (Jr., Opposite, BYU,
Kaylee Manns (Fr., Setter,
Crystal Matich (Jr., Setter,
Michelle Moriarty (Jr., Setter,
Lauren Paolini (So., Middle Blocker,
Angie Pressey (Jr., Outside Hitter,
Julie Rubenstein (So., Outside Hitter, Pepperdine,
Airial Salvo (So., Outside Hitter,
Emillie Toone (Jr., Middle Blocker,
Katie Vatterrodt (So., Outside Hitter,
Sydney Anderson (Fr.,
Kaylee Manns (Fr.,
Manns broke the single-season school-record with 1,433 assists while directing the Cyclones' offensive attack. Manns helped improve the
Crystal Matich (Jr.,
Matich, a 2005 AVCA All-America Third-Team selection as a sophomore, produced 13.32 assists, 1.90 digs and 0.55 blocks per game during an injury-plagued junior season. She started the first 12 matches of the season before a foot injury.
Michelle Moriarty (Jr.,
Moriarty, a 2006 AVCA All-America Third-Team selection, led the Longhorns and the Big 12 Conference with a 13.68 assists per-game average in 2006. The Longhorns' captain concluded the year ranked fourth nationally in assists per-game and is the school's all-time assist leader with 4,358.
Vicki Brown (Jr.,
Brown tallied double-figure kills in 22 matches last season, including 15 or more kills in nine matches. She ranked ninth in the Big Ten in attack percentage at .324 en route to being selected honorable mention All-Big Ten.
Anna Cmaylo (Jr.,
In 2006, Cmaylo racked up 3.89 kills a game and hit at a school-record .405 rate to finish eighth in the NCAA. Her kills per game rate was seventh in the conference, while her total of 1.12 blocks a game ranked eighth in the WCC.
Crystal Hudson (Jr.,
Jessy Jones (Jr.,
Jones, an honorable mention all-Big Ten pick as a junior, contributed 1.33 blocks per game for
Lauren Paolini (So.,
Paolini started 20 of 31 Longhorn matches in 2006. She compiled averages of 1.95 kills and 1.07 blocks per game while attacking at a .314 percentage. Paolini was selected to the Big 12 All-Academic Second Team.
Emillie Toone (Jr.,
Toone ranked among the top blockers in the nation all season long. She finished the year recording blocks at 1.93 per game. Toone also collected 2.43 kills on a team-best .369 hitting.
Katie Johnson (Jr.,
Jamie Houston (So.,
Angie Pressey (Jr.,
Pressey was a 2006 AVCA All-American Second-Team pick after leading the Bears with 487 kills and 4.39 per game. She is the first
Julie Rubenstein (So., Pepperdine,
Rubenstein turned in 3.53 kills per game in leading Pepperdine in 2006. She added 2.23 digs and 0.73 blocks per game as a sophomore en route to being named All-WCC.
Airial Salvo (So.,
Salvo won the Mountain West Conference's Player of the Year award after finishing her sophomore season with a .288 attack percentage. She also turned in averages of 4.13 kills, 3.35 digs, 0.45 aces and 0.78 blocks. Salvo had double-digit kills in 30 of the 32 matches this season and recorded 18 double-doubles on the year.
Katie Vatterrodt (So.,
Vatterodt averaged 2.06 kills in 70 games of action for
Kylie Atherstone (So., Cal Poly,
Atherstone led the conference in kills per game (4.51), total kills (505) and placed third in aces per game (0.35). She averaged 4.61 kills per game against Big West competition and finished just outside of the conference's top 10 with 1.10 blocks per game. In 2006, she totaled 10 matches of 20-plus kills and reached double-digits in kills in all 27 matches.
Erica Lott (Jr., BYU,
Lott, who switched from outside hitter to opposite prior to the 2006 season, was an All-Mountain West Conference selection. She finished the regular season ranked third in the MWC for kills and points, and ninth in blocks. Lott reached 20 kills in four matches in 2006.
Tatum Ailes (Jr.,
Ailes averaged 4.91 digs per game and converted 96.7 percent of her serve receive chances for
Alyson Jennings (Jr.,
(Story provided by USA Volleyball)