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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2002

Willoughby will train with national program

Advertiser Staff

Some of college volleyball's brightest stars, including the University of Hawai'i's Kim Willoughby, have been invited to train in the USA Volleyball National A2 Program, the organization announced yesterday.

According to USA Volleyball, participation in the A2 program will be broken down into two phases.

Phase I will involve eight athletes who will be invited to train with the U.S. Women's National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from May 19-June 24.

Though the Phase I A2 team will not be participating in any specific competition during their stay, there is a chance that some of the athletes may be invited to remain to be a part of future National Team programs — including Team USA at the 2002 World Championships in Germany Aug. 30-Sept. 15.

The roster for A2 Phase I includes: Emily Adams (USC, MB); Benavia Jenkins (Florida, MB); Jennifer Joines (Pacific, MB); Katie Olsovsky (USC, OH); April Ross (USC, S); Anna Schrad (Nebraska, OH); Katie Wilkins (Pepperdine, OH); and Willoughby (OH).

Phase II will involve 12 athletes who will be invited to train at the OTC from July 14-23. That team will then travel to Salt Lake City to participate in the college division of the Salt Lake VolleyClassic from July 23-28.

The roster for A2 Phase II includes: Lisa Argabright (Illinois, MB); Keao Burdine (USC, OH); Erin Byrd (Wisconsin, OH/L); Melissa Elmer (Nebraska, MB); Janelle Hester (Tennessee, MB); Tracy Lindquist (USC, S/L); Ogonna Nnamani (Stanford, OH); Molly O'Brien (Northern Iowa, MB); Stevie Nicholas (Baylor, OH/L); Lyndsey Phillips (Utah, MB); Lauren Richards (BYU, S); and Alicia Robinson (USC, OH).