March 6, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - Michigan State junior libero Kori Moster (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named among the 12 players selected by USA Volleyball to serve as the U.S. Collegiate National Team during a tour of China from June 17-27. Moster, a two-time Spartan captain, is the two-time defending Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and was an All-America selection after the 2013 season.
"What an amazing, and well-deserved, opportunity for Kori," said head coach Cathy George. "She is such a fierce competitor, in addition to an incredibly talented player. This gives her a fantastic opportunity to show USA Volleyball what she is capable of in a very competitive environment, which is a setting where she usually thrives. We're really looking forward to her training with the US team, and that will also give her some unique experiences and advanced training that will set her up for a fantastic senior season here at MSU."
Moster is one of three Big Ten athletes chosen to this roster, which represents 12 different collegiate programs with athletes having remaining eligibility. Setters include Morgan Bergren (University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind.) and Lexi Dannemiller (University of Michigan, West Chester, Ohio). Selected middle blockers are Alaysia Brown (University of San Diego, Fresno, Calif.), Briana Holman (LSU, DeSoto, Texas) and Hannah Tapp (University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn.). The outside hitters are Carly Kan (University of Missouri, Honolulu), Andie Malloy (Baylor University, Allen, Texas), Emily Sklar (Duke University, San Jose, Calif.) and Nicole Walch (Florida State University, Stuart, Fla.). The opposites are Shelby Dalton (University of Utah, Moab, Utah) and Ebony Nwanebu (University of Southern California, Fairview, Texas).
Mark Rosen, head coach at University of Michigan and a USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline coach, will serve as one of the co-head coaches for the squad. The other co-head coach will be announced later this month.
The tour is being organized by Bring It Promotions and will travel in partnership with the Pac-12 team that will be making a return trip this summer following a successful trip in 2013. The U.S. Collegiate National Team, which will train at University of Southern California June 13-15 before leaving for China, will play six matches against Chinese collegiate and adult teams.
This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team.
Athlete selections for the U.S. Collegiate National Team programs are being determined based on evaluations from the U.S. Women's National Team Open tryouts, which were held Feb. 21-23 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
U.S. Collegiate National Volleyball Team - China Tour
Name (Position, School, Hometown, College Years Remaining)
Morgan Bergren (S, University of Kentucky, Muncie, Ind., 2)
Alaysia Brown (MB, University of San Diego, Fresno, Calif., 1)
Shelby Dalton (OPP, University of Utah, Moab, Utah, 1)
Lexi Dannemiller (S, University of Michigan, West Chester, Ohio, 1)
Briana Holman (MB, LSU, DeSoto, Texas, 3)
Carly Kan (OH, University of Missouri, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3)
Andie Malloy (OH, University of Baylor, Allen, Texas, 2)
Kori Moster (L, Michigan State University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1)
Ebony Nwanebu (OPP, University of Southern California, Fairview, Texas, 3)
Emily Sklar (OH, Duke University, San Jose, Calif., 1)
Hannah Tapp (MB, University of Minnesota, Stewartville, Minn., 3)
Nicole Walch (OH, Florida State University, Stuart, Fla., 1)