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Women's Volleyball Freshman Luhrsen Selected for U.S. Women's Junior National Team

STORRS, Conn. (July 21, 2008) -  Annie Luhrsen (Wheaton, Ill.), who will join the University of Connecticut women’s volleyball team this fall, has been chosen for the 2008 U.S. Women's Junior National 12-person squad to compete at the NORCECA Continental Championship held July 22-27 in Saltillo, Mexico.

Luhrsen was one of the 19 athletes who trained for the Junior National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. July 8-19. The 2008 Junior National team will be led by head coach Paula Weishoff-Hanold, a two-time Olympic medalist as a member of the USA Women's National Team and current head coach at Concordia Irvine in California. UCLA assistant head coach Kim Jagd and Texas A&M associate head coach John Corbelli will serve as assistant coaches for this year's squad.

Luhrsen, the 6-foot-0 setter and three-time unanimous All-Conference selection in the DuPage Valley Conference during her high school career, will join the Huskies this August. She holds the Wheaton-Warrenville South High School record for assists in a single season while ranking second among the all-time career assist leaders. Along with being named to the Chicago Sun Times Pre-Season Top 50 list in 2007, Luhrsen was a Chicago Tribune First Team All-State selection. She was also a two-time First Team All-State selection for the Champaign News Gazette and was a two-time First Team All-Area selection for the Chicago Sun Times.  

“We are so proud of Annie,” said UConn head coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien. “Being in the USA volleyball circuit will be a great experience for her and a great preparation for our upcoming season. We are excited for her talent, relentless work ethic and for her genuine commitment and dedication to the game of volleyball. Annie is going to be the first UConn volleyball player in a team USA jersey. How truly great for the program, the school and for Annie."

Team USA opens the tournament against Dominican Republic on July 22 at 6 p.m., followed by pool matches against Costa Rica on July 23 at 2 p.m. and Canada on July 24 at 6 p.m.

2008 U.S. Women's Junior National Team Roster
# Name Ht Pos Grad Hometown Club Region
2 Michelle Bartsch 6-4 MB/OPP 2008 Maryville, Ill. Southwest Illinois VB Gateway
5 ShaDare McNeal 6-0 MB 2009 Fallbrook, Calif. Epic Southern Cal
6 Kristin Carpenter 5-7 L 2009 Mechanicsville, Va. Richmond Volleyball Club Old Dominion
7 Darcy Dorton 6-2 OH 2009 Muncie, Ind. Munciana Hoosier
11 Hayley Spelman 6-6 OPP 2009 Las Vegas, Nev. Nevada Juniors Southern Cal
12 Lilla Frederick 5-10 OH 2008 Huntington Beach, Calif. TCA Southern Cal
13 Cat Highmark 5-10 S 2008 Huntington Beach, Calif. Cal Juniors Southern Cal
14 Annie Luhrsen 6-0 S 2008 Wheaton, Ill. SPVB Great Lakes
16 Gina Mancuso 6-1 OH 2009 Bellevue, Neb. Nebraska Volleyball Academy Great Plains
17 Hannah Werth 6-0 OH/OPP 2009 Springfield, Ill. Illini Elite Great Lakes
18 Kathleen Slay 6-6 MB 2010 Raleigh, N.C. Triangle Volleyball Club Carolina
19 Bailey Webster 6-3 OPP 2009 Baltimore, Md. TCA-Baltimore Chesapeake

Head Coach: Paula Weishoff-Hanold
Assistant Coach: Kim Jagd
Assistant Coach: John Corbelli