May 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four Boilermakers were named to the 48-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Senior A2 Program that will train and compete this summer in Dallas. Purdue's four players mark the most from any school represented on the A2 teams, which feature from 29 different universities.
Libero Carly Cramer, middle blocker Kiki Jones and opposites Annie Drews and Val Nichol will represent Purdue at the A2 events. The program, which is available to athletes with collegiate eligibility remaining for the 2013 season, will take place in Dallas from June 25 to July 4 in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championship.
Cramer, Jones and Nichol are repeat A2 Program selections. Cramer participated in the program in 2011, while Jones and Nichol did so in 2012.
During the six-day training period from June 25-30, the 48 athletes will be divided into four equal teams that will compete in pool play against the other A2 program teams and the top four Premier Volleyball League (PVL) teams. After pool play, the four A2 program teams and the PVL teams will split into their own divisions to determine the medalist teams in the competition.
The A2 program coaching staff will include Andy Banachowski, Mike Hebert, Ruth Nelson and Bill Neville, who will serve as team head coaches.
The A2 Program players were selected at open tryouts Feb. 22-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The tryout attracted 240 participants.
A full listing of the 48 athletes selected to the A2 program can be found here.
Purdue volleyball is in the midst of a one-week training program prior to its European Tour, which will see the team travel to five different countries from May 12-24. Full details on the European Tour can be found here.