Dentlinger, Mathews and Wicinski Compete in U.S. Volleyball A2 Program
July 11, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Three members of the Michigan State volleyball team - Amy Dentlinger, Alexis Mathews and Lauren Wicinski - competed in the 2012 U.S. Women's Volleyball National A2 Program on June 26-July 4 in Columbus, Ohio.
Wicinski earned a silver medal, competing for the USA Gold team, which lost 3-0 to USA White in the championship match. Wicinski was second on the team with eight kills on 22 attempts in the final match.
She led the USA Gold to a five-set victory in the semifinals over USA Red, which featured both Dentlinger and Mathews. Wicinski tied for the team high with 18 kills, while also chipping in two aces. Wicinski helped USA Gold to a 2-1 round robin record, totaling 17 kills and four aces in the trio of 3-set matches.
Both Dentlinger and Mathews saw plenty of action for USA Red, who finished fourth. Both started the final game, as Dentlinger tied for the team lead with 13 kills and Mathews posted five kills and three blocks in the 5-set finale.
It was the second straight season in which three Spartans were invited to the A2 program. Last year, Mathews was joined by Jenilee Rathje and Carli Weiler. The only other Michigan State volleyball student-athlete to take part in the program was Katie Johnson at the 2007 USA Adult Open Championship.
"A2s went great; it was awesome to be able to do it a second time. For the first three days we had double practices (aka `early preseason' according to everyone). We mainly worked on ball control and skill work in the first sessions, and then wash drills and system work in the second. Then the fourth morning, we were split into teams. I ended up on US Red (again) and got to work with a Big Ten coach (again). Funny how that all works out! Amy and I ended up on the same team. After this, practices were cut down to only one a day, much to everyone's relief. Our team jelled pretty quickly considering the little time we had before we started competing. We won our first game against the white team, but ended up dropping the rest of them. Once we got into the finals we ended up losing both in five tight sets. Despite all that, I was grateful to our coaches and the great group of girls we played with. It was a great time! Also, off the court, we all visited a Ronald McDonald House as a community service effort. It was nice to talk a bit with some of the people staying there, get a tour and learn a lot about the program."
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