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