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U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team Announced

The 2019 USA GYNT won Gold at the FIVB U18 World Championship in Egypt. (Photo courtesy of FIVB.)

USA Volleyball announced the 2020 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team (WJNTT) roster on Wednesday, which is made up of 21 players. Eleven of those selected won Gold a year ago in Egypt with the U.S. Girl’s Youth National Team. Eight of the athletes on the WJNTT will begin their college careers this fall as Class of 2020 graduates. There are nine players from the 2021 class and four from the Class of 2022.

Though the team has been named, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted USAV to cancel the training period set to take place on July 4-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The NORCECA qualifier event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada scheduled for May 10-17 was postponed and an alternative date has yet to be announced. If the team qualified there, it would then attend the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.

In the USAV’s statement, it said: “When the NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship is rescheduled, the Team USA competition roster will come from the WJNTT roster.”

Dan Fisher, head coach at the University of Pittsburgh, will lead the WJNTT as the U.S.’s head coach. Krista Vansant, a former U.S. National Team member and assistant at Indiana, and Jon Newman-Gonchar, head coach at the University of New Mexico, round out the coaching staff as assistants to Fisher.

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The format:
Player (Height, HS Grad Year, High School and State, Club, Committed College)
-(*) denotes an athlete that was a member of the 2019 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship team last September that won Gold in Egypt
(%) denotes an athlete slated to begin her collegiate career this fall

2020 U.S. Women’s Junior National Training Team

SETTERS (3)

*Kami Miner – 6-0, 2022, Redondo Union (CA) Mizuno Long Beach VBC, Uncommitted
*Kennedi Orr – 6-1, 2021, Eagan (MN), Northern Lights, Nebraska
Sarah White – 6-1, 2021, Seneca Valley (PA), Pittsburgh Elite, Ohio State

OHs (7)

Ally Batenhorst – 6-4, 2021, Seven Lakes (TX), Houston Juniors, Nebraska
*%Allison Jacobs – 5-11, 2020, West Ranch (CA), Legacy VBC, UCLA
*Lindsay Krause – 6-2, 2021, Skutt Catholic (NE), Premier Nebraska, Nebraska
Jordan Middleton – 6-2, 2022, Hamilton (AZ), Arizona Storm Elite, Uncommitted
*%Jess Mruzik – 6-2, 2020, Mercy (MI), Legacy VBC, Michigan
*%Elena Oglivie – 5-9, 2020, ‘Iolani (HI), Kuikahi VBC, Stanford
Katelyn Smith – 6-3, 2021, Aliso Niguel (CA), Tstreet, Southern California

MBs (6)

*Carter Booth – 6-7, 2022, Cherry Creek (CO), Colorado Juniors, Minnesota
*%Caroline Crawford – 6-2, 2020, Lansing (KS), Dynasty, Kansas
Gabrielle Essix – 6-4, 2021, Hoover (AL) Southern Performance, Florida
Anna Herrington – 6-0, 2022, Timber Creek (FL), OTVA, Boston College
*%Devyn Robinson – 6-2, 2020, Ankeny Centennial (IA), Iowa Powerplex VBC, Wisconsin
Shaylee Shore – 6-2, 2021, Prosper (TX), Skyline Juniors, Rice

RSs (2)

*%Emily Londot – 6-2, 2020, Utica (OH), Mintonette Sports, Ohio State
Katy Ryan – 6-5, 2021, Lakeland (ID), T3 VBC, Uncommitted

LIBEROS (3)

%Hattie Monson – 5-6, 2020, Benet Academy (IL), Adversity, Notre Dame
%Sydney Reed – 5-7, 2020, Flint Hill (VA), Metro VBC of DC, North Carolina
*Lexi Rodriguez – 5-7, 2021, Sterling (IL), Club Fusion VBC, Nebraska

Head Coach: Dan Fisher (Head Coach at the University of Pittsburgh)

Assistant Coaches: Krista Vansant (Assistant Coach, Indiana University) and Jon NewmanGonchar (Head Coach, University of New Mexico)

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