Benson Chosen For U.S. Women's National A2 Team Once Again
March 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana middle blocker Ashley Benson has been selected as one of 24 players to play for the 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 team, her second straight season qualifying for the national program.
The 2010 U.S. Women's National A2 program is scheduled to train out in Tempe, Ariz., from May 24-28, before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships held in Phoenix. The Open Division flight takes place May 29-June 1.
"I was very happy with the level of the tryout held in February and, as a result, we expect that this year's A2 teams will be very strong in training and in competition at the USA Open National Championships," said U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon. "The future continues to look bright for the U.S. Women's National Team with the talent coming up through the pipeline."
The A2 team consists of four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos coming from 18 different collegiate programs.
"As we thought the open tryout in February was the best and deepest collection of athletes that we had seen at the event, we feel the same about this group of A2 athletes," said USA Volleyball Managing Director of Indoor High Performance Tom Pingel. "I'm already looking forward to watching this group in training and the Open Championships."
Despite the national prestige that comes with playing on the A2 team, Benson had to decline her invitation to participate this season as the IU Volleyball team will be in the midst of their nearly two-week tour of Europe. The Hoosiers will visit and compete against international teams in four different European countries over the course of 12 days. Some of the expected stops include: Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Italy. Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com for more details on Indiana's European trip.
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